Major Problems in African American History: Volume II: From Freedom to "Freedom Now," 1865 - 1990s / Edition 1

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This text introduces students to both primary sources and analytical essays and is designed to encourage critical thinking about the history and culture of African Americans. The book presents a carefully selected group of readings organized to allow students to evaluate primary sources, test the interpretations of distinguished historians, and draw their own conclusions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780669462937
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 8/16/2000
  • Series: Major Problems in American History Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 402
  • Sales rank: 379,691
  • Product dimensions: 6.58 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas G. Paterson, professor emeritus of history at the University of Connecticut, graduated from the University of New Hampshire (B.A., 1963) and the University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D., 1968). He is the author of Soviet-American Confrontation (1973), Meeting the Communist Threat (1988), On Every Front (1992), Contesting Castro (1994), America Ascendant (with J. Garry Clifford, 1995), and A People and a Nation (with Mary Beth Norton et al., 2001). Tom is also the editor of Cold War Critics (1971), Kennedy's Quest for Victory (1989), Imperial Surge (with Stephen G. Rabe, 1992), The Origins of the Cold War (with Robert McMahon, 1999), Explaining the History of American Foreign Relations (with Michael J. Hogan, 2004), and Major Problems in American Foreign Relations (with Dennis Merrill, 2010). With Bruce Jentleson, he served as senior editor for the Encyclopedia of American Foreign Relations (1997). A microfilm edition of The United States and Castro's Cuba, 1950s-1970s: The Paterson Collection appeared in 1999. He has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of American History and Diplomatic History. A recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, he has directed National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminars for College Teachers. In 2000 the New England History Teachers Association recognized his excellence in teaching and mentoring with the Kidger Award. Besides visits to many American campuses, Tom has lectured in Canada, China, Colombia, Cuba, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Russia, and Venezuela. He is a past president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, which in 2008 honored him with the Laura and Norman Graebner Award for "lifetime achievement" in scholarship, service, and teaching. A native of Oregon, Tom is now informally associated with Southern Oregon University.

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Table of Contents

VOLUME II 1. Interpreting African-American History DOCUMENTS The Brownie's Book Encourages Black Children to Know Their History, 1920 Carter G. Woodson on His Goals for Black History, 1922 Mary McLeod Bethune Outlines the Objectives of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, 1937 John Hope Franklin Explains the Lonely Dilemma of the American Negro Scholar, 1963 Vincent Harding on the Differences Between Negro History and Black History, 1971 Lucille Clifton and the Nurturing of History, c. 1990 ESSAYS John Hope Franklin, The History of African-American History David W. Blight, The Burden of African-American History: Memory, Justice, and a Usable Past Fath Davis Ruffins, Sites of Memory, Sites of Struggle: The "Materials" of History 2. The Work of Reconstruction DOCUMENTS African Americans in Richmond, Virginia, Petition President Andrew Johnson, 1865 Freedmen of Edisto Island, South Carolina, Demand Land, 1865 Captain Charles Soule, Northern Army Officer, Lectures Ex-Slaves on the Responsibilities of Freedom, 1865 A Share-Wages Contract, 1865 Charles Raushenberg, a Freedmen's Bureau Agent, Reports from Georgia, 1867 Martin Lee, a Freedman, Struggles to Reunite His Family, 1866 Elizabeth Botume, a Northern Schoolteacher, Remembers a Husband and Wife Reunion, c. 1865 Harriet Hernandes, a South Carolina Woman, Testifies Against the Ku Klux Klan, 1871 Elected Representatives, 1872 ESSAYS Herbert C. Gutman, Schools for Freedom Julie Saville, Defining Free Labor Elsa Barkley Brown, The Labor of Politics 3. Renegotiating African-American Life in the New South DOCUMENTS Black Southerners Look Toward Kansas, 1877 David C. Barrow, Jr., a Georgia Planter's Son, Describes the Emergence of Sharecropping, 1880 Nate Shaw Aims to Make a Living Farming, 1907-1908 Black Southerners Appeal to President William McKinley for Federal Protection, 1898-1900 Representative George White of North Carolina Delivers His Final Speech on the Floor of Congress, 1901 Richmond Planet Reports a Streetcar Boycott, 1904-1905 A Public Library Opens in Louisville, Kentucky, 1908 ESSAYS Elsa Barkley Brown, Renegotiating the Community Tera W. Hunter, The Politics of Labor 4. Rural Exodus and the Growth of New Urban Communities DOCUMENTS Black Population of Selected Cities, 1910-1930 Migrants' Letters, 1917 Helpful Hints for Migrants to Detroit, 1918 George Edmund Haynes, a Black Social Scientist, Surveys Detroit, 1918 A Migrant Family Adjusts to Life in Chicago, 1922 Migration Blues ESSAYS Peter Gottleib, The Great Migration Irma Watkins-Owens, Caribbean Connections 5. Defining a Race Politics DOCUMENTS Ida B. Wells Urges Self-Defense, 1892 Booker T. Washington Promotes Accommodationism, 1895 Resolutions of the National Association of Colored Women, 1904 The Niagara Men Pldege Themselves to Persistent Agitation, 1905 Maggie Lena Walker Talks to Black Men About Racial Responsibility, 1906 Promoting Black Towns, c. 1907 Ten Thousand Charlestonians Petition for Black Teachers in Black Schools, 1919 The Messenger Urges Black and White Workers to Organize, 1919 Marcus Garvey Assesses the Situation for Black People, 1922 ESSAYS Deborah Gray White, Race and Feminism Winston James, Race Consciousness and Radicalism 6. The Culture Wars DOCUMENTS A Review of Scott Joplin's Opera "Treemonisha," 1911 Blues Lyrics of the 1920s Rev. George W. Harvey, Baptist Minister, Denounces Swinging Spirituals, 1939 Alain Locke, Philosopher, Defines the "New Negro," 1925 Langston Hughes, Poet and Writer, Critiques His Critics, 1940 Screening the Race, 1925 Zora Neale Hurston, Writer and Anthropologist, Takes Her University Training Home, 1927 A Roundtable Discussion on African Survivals in Gullah Language, 1941 ESSAYS Tera W. Hunter, The Blues Aesthetic and Black Vernacular Dance Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, Constructing Working-Class Culture 7. Opportunities Lost and Found DOCUMENTS Black Population in Selected Cities, 1940-1960 Charles Hamilton Houston and John P. Davis Critique the Lily-White Tennessee Valley Authority, 1934 Protesting Lynching: A National Crime, 1934 A "Black Cabinet" Assembles, 1938 Louise "Mamma" Harris Describes Labor Organizing in Richmond, Virginia, Tobacco Factories, 1940 A Marine's Letter to A. Philip Randolph About Discrimination in the Marine Corps, c. 1943 Breaking the Color Bar in Sports, 1947 ESSAYS Robin D.G. Kelley, Radical Organizing During the Depression Gretchen Lemke-Santangelo, New Lives in the West 8. Origins of the Civil Rights Movement DOCUMENTS Ella Baker and Marvel Cooke Describe Exploitation of Black Women Workers During the Depression, 1935 Young Radicals Propose an Economic Program for the NAACP, 1935 Charles Hamilton Houston Lays Out a Legal Strategy for the NAACP, 1935 Goals of the National Negro Congress, 1935 A Call to March on Washington, 1941 James Farmer Recounts CORE's Early Direct Action Strategy, 1942 Consumers Boycott Washington, D.C., Department Store, 1945 ESSAYS Robin D.G. Kelley, Theatres of Resistance Robert Korstad and Nelson Lichtenstein, Labor and Civil Rights 9. The Civil Rights Movement DOCUMENTS Jo Ann Robinson, Women's Political Council President, Hints of a Bus Boycott in Montgomery, Alabama, 1954 Melba Pattillo Beals Recalls Her First Days at Little Rock Central High School, 1957 Fannie Lou Hamer's Initiation into the Civil Rights Movement, 1962 James Bevel, an SCLC Organizer, Mobilizes Birmingham's Young People, 1963 Martin Luther King, Jr., Writes from His Jail Cell, 1963 John Lewis, SNCC Chairman, Challenges the Federal Government, 1963 Avon W. Rollins, an SNCC Field Secretary, Details Progrss Made in Danville, Virginia, 1964 Malcolm X Defines Revolution, 1963 Civil Rights Leader Bayard Rustin Is Forced Out, 1960 ESSAYS Clayborne Carson, "A Leader Who Stood Out in a Forest of Trees" Charles M. Payne, Cultural Traditions and the Politicization of Communities Charles M. Payne, Challenging the Politics of Spokesmanship 10. After "Freedom Now!" DOCUMENTS Nina Simone's Song "Mississippi Goddam," 1964 SNCC Denounces the Vietnam War, 1966 An Interview with Black Panther Jimmy Slater Combahee River Collective Statement, 1977 A Statistical Portrait of Black America, 1940-1990s Miami's Concerned Black Organizations for Justice Issues a Manifesto of "Collective Needs," 1980 ESSAYS George Lipsitz, Civil Rights Activism and the War on Poverty Suzanne E. Smith, The Political Culture of Detoit 11. Progress and Poverty: African Americans at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century DOCUMENTS Leanita McClain on Being Black, Successful, and Middle Class, 1980 Jesse Jackson Addresses the Democratic National Convention, 1988 The Children's Defense Fund Assesses the Life Chances of a Black Child in America, 2000 The Relative Economic Condition of Black Youths, 1973 and 1993 The United States Congress Investigates Rap Music, 1994 The New Face of Racism: Racial Profiling, 1999 The New Face of Racism: The Ordeal of Haitian Immigrants, 1998 TheBorders of Black America: The New "Black" Immigrants, 1999 ESSAYS Lani Guinier, Rethinking Constitutional Rights Tricia Rose, Twenty-First Century Cultural Politics Temma Kaplan, The Changing Face of the Continuing Struggle

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