Black Identity and Black Protest in the Antebellum North / Edition 1

Black Identity and Black Protest in the Antebellum North / Edition 1

by Patrick Rael
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0807849677

ISBN-13: 9780807849675

Pub. Date: 01/28/2002

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Martin Delany—these figures stand out in the annals of black protest for their vital antislavery efforts. But what of the rest of their generation, the thousands of other free blacks in the North? Patrick Rael explores the tradition of protest and sense of racial identity forged by both famous and lesser-known black leaders

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Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Martin Delany—these figures stand out in the annals of black protest for their vital antislavery efforts. But what of the rest of their generation, the thousands of other free blacks in the North? Patrick Rael explores the tradition of protest and sense of racial identity forged by both famous and lesser-known black leaders in antebellum America and illuminates the ideas that united these activists across a wide array of divisions. In so doing, he reveals the roots of the arguments that still resound in the struggle for justice today.

Mining sources that include newspapers and pamphlets of the black national press, speeches and sermons, slave narratives and personal memoirs, Rael recovers the voices of an extraordinary range of black leaders in the first half of the nineteenth century. He traces how these activists constructed a black American identity through their participation in the discourse of the public sphere and how this identity in turn informed their critiques of a nation predicated on freedom but devoted to white supremacy. His analysis explains how their place in the industrializing, urbanizing antebellum North offered black leaders a unique opportunity to smooth over class and other tensions among themselves and successfully galvanize the race against slavery.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807849675
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Series:
The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture
Edition description:
1
Pages:
440
Sales rank:
976,858
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxi
Introduction: Of Men, Lions, and History1
1A Different Measure of Oppression: Leadership and Identity in the Black North12
2Besieged by Freedom's Army: Antislavery Celebrations and Black Activism54
3The Sign of Things: The "Names Controversy" and Black Identity82
4Discipline of the Heart, Discipline of the Mind: The Sources of Black Social Thought118
5Slaves to a Wicked Public Sentiment: Black Respectability and the Response to Prejudice157
6A Nation Out of a Nation: Black Nationalism as Nationalism209
7This Temple of Liberty: Black Racialism and American Identity237
Conclusion: Black Protest and the Continuing Revolution279
Epilogue291
Notes299
Bibliography351
Index409

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