Missouri's Black Heritage / Edition 2

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Originally written in 1980 by the late Lorenzo J. Greene, Gary R. Kremer, and Antonio F. Holland, Missouri's Black Heritage remains the only book-length account of the rich and inspiring history of the state's African American population. It has now been revised and updated by Kremer and Holland, incorporating the latest scholarship into its pages. This edition describes in detail the struggles faced by many courageous African Americans in their efforts to achieve full civil and political rights against the greatest of odds.

Documenting the African American experience from the horrors of slavery through present-day victories, the book touches on the lives of people such as John Berry Meachum, a St. Louis slave who purchased his own freedom and then helped countless other slaves gain emancipation; Hiram Young, a Jackson County free black whose manufacturing of wagons for Sante Fe Trail travelers made him a legendary figure; James Milton Turner, who, after rising from slavery to become one of the best-educated blacks in Missouri, worked with the Freedmen's Bureau and the State Department of Education to establish schools for blacks all over the state after the Civil War; and Annie Turnbo Malone, a St. Louis entrepreneur whose business skills made her one of the state's wealthiest African Americans in the early twentieth century.

A personal reminiscence by the late Lorenzo J. Greene, a distinguished African American historian whom many regard as one of the fathers of black history, offers a unique view of Missouri's racial history and heritage.

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Editorial Reviews

Depicts the struggles and contributions of African-Americans in Missouri, and draws parallels to national trends. New for this edition (first was 1980) is a chapter on developments in the 80s; all chapters have been revised and expanded. An introduction by the late Lorenzo J. Greene, co-author, is here restored to its original length. Offers 40 some pages of maps and (b&w) illustrations. Paper edition (unseen), $15.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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The first edition of the book met with high praise: "A clearly written volume that will be useful to both students and laymen. The authors successfully have related developments in Missouri to national trends. . . . No other source provides as comprehensive a survey of race relations in Missouri. The authors also do well in tracing the changes that occurred in the black population over time and in showing the impact of black urbani- zation on political developments."—Missouri Historical Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826209047
  • Publisher: University of Missouri Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1993
  • Edition description: Revised edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Lorenzo J. Greene (1899-1988) was Professor Emeritus of History at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri.  He was the author of several books, including The Negro in Colonial New England, 1620-1776 and Working with Carter G. Woodson, the Father of Black History:  A Diary, 1928-1930.

Gary R. Kremer is Professor of History at William Woods College in Fulton, Missouri.  He is author of George Washington Carver:  In His Own Words and James Milton Turner and the Promise of America:  The Public Life of a Post-Civil War Black Leader.

Antonio F. Holland is Associate Professor of History and Chairman of the Department of Social Sciences at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised Edition
Preface to the First Edition
The Black Experience in Missouri: A Personal Reminiscence 1
1 Roots: Slaves Comes to Missouri 8
2 From Sunup to Sundown: The Life of the Slave 25
3 The Slave Strikes Back: The Reaction to Bondage 42
4 Slaves without Masters: Free Blacks before the Civil War 62
5 The Sable Arm: Blacks in the Civil War 75
6 Forty Acres and a Mule: Reconstruction in Missouri, 1865-1877 88
7 Separate and Unequal: Reconstruction to World War I 104
8 Hope Betrayed: Between the World Wars 140
9 Appeal for Justice: Segregation Challenged 158
10 Free at Last? From Civil Rights to Black Power, 1954-1968 173
11 Shall We Overcome? The Struggle Continues 210
12 The 1980s and Beyond 224
Appendix: Missouri Black Legislators 241
Index 247
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