In the Company of Black Men: The African Influence on African American Culture in New York City

In the Company of Black Men: The African Influence on African American Culture in New York City

by Craig Steven Wilder
     
 

ISBN-10: 081479369X

ISBN-13: 9780814793695

Pub. Date: 05/01/2012

Publisher: New York University Press

From the subaltern assemblies of the enslaved in colonial New York City to the benevolent New York African Society of the early national era to the formation of the African Blood Brotherhood in twentieth century Harlem, voluntary associations have been a fixture of African-American communities.

In the Company of Black Men examines New York City over three

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Overview

From the subaltern assemblies of the enslaved in colonial New York City to the benevolent New York African Society of the early national era to the formation of the African Blood Brotherhood in twentieth century Harlem, voluntary associations have been a fixture of African-American communities.

In the Company of Black Men examines New York City over three centuries to show that enslaved Africans provided the institutional foundation upon which African-American religious, political, and social culture could flourish. Arguing that the universality of the voluntary tradition in African-American communities has its basis in collectivism—a behavioral and rhetorical tendency to privilege the group over the individual—it explores the institutions that arose as enslaved Africans exploited the potential for group action and mass resistance.

Craig Steven Wilder’s research is particularly exciting in its assertion that Africans entered the Americas equipped with intellectual traditions and sociological models that facilitated a communitarian response to oppression. Presenting a dramatic shift from previous work which has viewed African-American male associations as derivative and imitative of white male counterparts, In the Company of Black Men provides a ground-breaking template for investigating antebellum black institutions.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814793695
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
05/01/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
333
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
"Some Little Tribute": An Introduction1
IAfrican Voluntary Associations and the Rise of Black Spiritual Culture
1A Taunt from the Oppressed: The West African Institutional Legacy in New York City, 1644-17839
2Raising Mother Zion: The Fusion of African and British Institutions in New York, 1784-182236
3The Liberating Power of the Cross: The NYAS and the African Encounter with the Protestant Ethic, 1774-179654
4"The Aristocracy of Character": African Societies and the Moral Consequence of Nationalism, 1784-184573
IIAfrican Voluntary Associations and the Making of the Public Sphere
5"The Inmates of My Sanctum Sanctorum": African Voluntary Associations and the Public Sphere, 1808-1845101
6In the Company of Black Men: Manhood and Obligation in the African Confraternity, 1808-1857120
7"A Single Voice": African Societies, the Press, and the Public Sphere, 1827-1861142
8When Black Men Spoke of Freedom: Voluntary Associations and Nationalist Culture, 1809-1865154
IIIThe Transformation of African American Voluntarism
9"The Gaudy Carnival": The African Declension in the NYASMR, 1863-1945181
10"Shall It Be a Woman?": The Transformation of Black Men's Voluntarism, 1865-1960198
Notes219
Bibliography285
Index311
About the Author333

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