I Will Wear No Chain!

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This volume traces the social history of African American men from the days of slavery to the present, focusing on their achievements, their changing image, and their role in American society. The author places the contemporary issue of Black men's disproportionate involvement with criminal justice within its social and historical context, while analyzing the most significant movements aiming to improve the status of Blacks in our society. The book's main thesis is that an ever-changing, yet ever-present, process of criminalization has entrapped Black men throughout history, thus creating a major barrier to their collective development. The topics discussed include the role of Blacks in the Civil War, Booker T. Washington, the Civil Rights movement, and the Million Man March.

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Examines persistent problems confronting African American males across generations and sheds light on the process of social change. Early chapters consider black masculinities developed during the slave era and trace the development of masculinity during the antebellum era. Later chapters discuss African American men in the Civil War, then look at the philosophy and actions of Booker T. Washington and Marcus Garvey, and at the problem of lynching. Final chapters examine the post-WWII era, the civil rights and black power movements, and events and developments of the 1980s-90s. Booker is a part-time research associate in the School of Social Work at Howard University. He is also editor of a social research and advocacy web site dedicated to the interests of African American men. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275956370
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/2000
  • Pages: 270
  • Lexile: 1670L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

CHRISTOPHER B. BOOKER is a part-time Research Associate in the School of Social Work at Howard University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction vii
1. Slavery and the Development of Black Masculinity, 1619-1860 1
2. The Context of Black Masculine Development during the Antebellum Era 21
3. The Development of African American Masculinity among Free Black Males, 1619-1861 43
4. The Civil War and the Black Male 67
5. African American Males and the Challenge of Emancipation, 1865-1895 87
6. Booker T. Washington, Accommodationism, and Black Masculinity 117
7. Black Males, Race Riots, and the Scourge of Lynching 139
8. Marcus Garvey and the New Negro Man 157
9. The Emergence of the Urban Black Male: Increasing Black Power, 1945-1972 179
10. African American Males in Contemporary Society, 1972-Present 205
Bibliography 227
Index 247
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