Dismantling Black Manhood: An Historical and Literary Analysis of the Legacy of Slavery

Dismantling Black Manhood: An Historical and Literary Analysis of the Legacy of Slavery

by Daniel P. Black, P. Black Daniel
     
 

This book examines the social, economic, and cultural factors that have produced the current crisis in African American masculinity, tracing the development of concepts of manhood from pre-colonial West Africa through the Emancipation Proclamation in America. The study begins with an exploration of the cultural context of manhood and the social development of boys… See more details below

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This book examines the social, economic, and cultural factors that have produced the current crisis in African American masculinity, tracing the development of concepts of manhood from pre-colonial West Africa through the Emancipation Proclamation in America. The study begins with an exploration of the cultural context of manhood and the social development of boys into men in West Africa which was based on the rites of passage and the mastery of such social skills as hunting and farming. Enslavement annihilated this unambiguous social status. Denied the possibility of fulfilling the necessary social roles of warrior, husband, father, and protector, African men were forced to redefine manhood, without the benefit of communal discussions. Hence, manhood to many enslaved African American men became an increasingly ambiguous and elusive concept, coupled with problematic notions of sexual performance, absolute patriarchal domination of the household, and the devaluation of commitments that impinge upon a man's independence. Narratives written between 1794 and 1863 reveal that by the end of slavery the concept had become a source of major conflict for African American men. This unique study focuses on the deterioration of the black male concept of manhood in 19th-century America and explores the dilemma of what it means to be black and male in America.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815328575
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/28/1997
Series:
Studies in African American History and Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
198
Sales rank:
499,502
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction3
The Concept of Manhood in Pre-Colonial West Africa11
The Impact of the Long March and the Middle Passage on the West African Concept of Manhood43
Plantation Existence and the West African Concept of Manhood63
The Concept of Manhood and the Enslaved African American Male99
The Concept of Manhood and the Free Black Male of the 19th Century137
Recommendations for Further Study175
Bibliography183
Index189

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