Hard Road to Freedom: The Story of African America, Volume I: African Roots through the Civil War / Edition 1

Hard Road to Freedom: The Story of African America, Volume I: African Roots through the Civil War / Edition 1

by James Oliver Horton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813531802

ISBN-13: 9780813531809

Pub. Date: 09/30/2002

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

Hard Road to Freedom tells the story of African America from its African roots to the political and social upheavals at the end of the twentieth century. It interweaves the experiences of individual black Americans with an analysis of the nation's pursuit of its fundamental principles, of freedom, and civil rights. The book begins with African cultures and the…  See more details below

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Hard Road to Freedom tells the story of African America from its African roots to the political and social upheavals at the end of the twentieth century. It interweaves the experiences of individual black Americans with an analysis of the nation's pursuit of its fundamental principles, of freedom, and civil rights. The book begins with African cultures and the African people who withstood the horrors of the slave trade and slavery to help shape a new multiracial society in North America. The American Revolution brought freedom to some, but most remained in the grip of slavery. African Americans and their allies continually raised the cry for freedom, building determined black communities and dedicated antislavery organizations that contributed to the abolition of slavery. The precarious freedom after the Civil War brought new opportunities, but also new dangers and the limitations of Jim Crow. The wars and the depression in the early twentieth century found black Americans forging new alliances, creating a cultural renaissance, and fighting for democracy and freedom abroad. At home, they struggled against the denials of freedom and citizenship that still barred their full participation and that tarnished America's standing in the eyes of the international community. Throughout the social and political turmoil of the 1960s and 1970s and the political and cultural backlash that followed, African Americans continued to raise their voices in often eloquent and always insistent appeals that the nation live up to the promise of its principles. This book tells of America's unsteady advance along the road to freedom, the triumphs and hope, as well as the failures and despair, from the vantage point of the African Americans who resolutely played a critical role in that story.

About the Authors:
James Oliver Horton, the Benjamin Banneker Professor of American Studies and History at the George Washington University, directs the Africa American Communities Project at the Smithsonian Institution.

Lois E. Horton is professor of sociology and American studies at George Mason University.

They are coauthors of several books, including In Hope of Liberty: Culture, Community and Protest Among Northern Free Blacks, 1700-1860 and Black Bostonians: Family Life and Community Struggle in the Antebellum North.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813531809
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
09/30/2002
Series:
Hard Road to Freedom: The Story of African America Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
911,029
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Mapsvii
Acknowledgmentsxi
Introduction1
Chapter 1Africa and the Atlantic Slave Trade6
Chapter 2The Evolution of Slavery in British North America26
Chapter 3Slavery and Freedom in the Age of Revolution52
Chapter 4The Early Republic and the Rise of the Cotton Kingdom76
Chapter 5Slavery and the Slave Community104
Chapter 6Free People of Color and the Fight against Slavery126
Chapter 7From Militancy to Civil War150
Chapter 8From Reconstruction to Jim Crow176
Chapter 9Populism, Industrial Unions, and the Politics of Race200
Chapter 10The Harlem Renaissance between the Wars226
Chapter 11Depression and War248
Chapter 12The Postwar Civil Rights Movement268
Chapter 13From Civil Rights to Black Power294
Chapter 14Conservatism and Race in Multicultural America322
Chapter 15Race-ing to the Millennium340
Notes357
Index389

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