Portaits of African American Life Since 1865 / Edition 1

Portaits of African American Life Since 1865 / Edition 1

by Nina Mjagkij
     
 

ISBN-10: 0842029672

ISBN-13: 9780842029674

Pub. Date: 02/01/2003

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Portraits of African American Life since 1865 is an intimate study of the lives of 14 African Americans since the end of the Civil War. Written by established and rising scholars, these diverse biographies offer a rich portrayal of the African American experience over the last 150 years. Unlike many other books in the field which celebrate the contributions of

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Portraits of African American Life since 1865 is an intimate study of the lives of 14 African Americans since the end of the Civil War. Written by established and rising scholars, these diverse biographies offer a rich portrayal of the African American experience over the last 150 years. Unlike many other books in the field which celebrate the contributions of African American leaders, this volume explores the lives of ordinary individuals who pursued a variety of endeavors from politics, labor reform, religion, medicine, sports, business, and, importantly, civil rights. Through the lives of these men and women who struggled to defy great odds, this text demonstrates the major themes in African American history. Editor Nina Mjagkij includes the largely untold stories of the Highgate sisters, two northern black teachers whose lives exemplify the African American thirst for education and penchant for racial uplift through schooling; Father of the Kansas Exodus, Benjamin "Pap" Singleton; Pan-African Congress member and international peace movement activist Addie Waites Hunton; and Lester A. Walton, a journalist, foreign minister, and political activist who fought tirelessly for the birthright of citizenship for African Americans in a country that systematically denied that claim. In these engaging passages, students will meet Edgar Daniel Nixon, a forgotten Father of the Civil Rights Movement; Sgt. Allen Thomas, Jr., who served in the Vietnam War; civil servant and civil rights activist, Elmer Henderson; and educator and feminist, Anna Julia Cooper. They will become acquainted with fraternal society leader William Washington Browne, who fostered life insurance among African Americans and advocated black owned banks; Richard Henry Boyd, who established the National Baptist Publishing Board, the largest publishing house owned and controlled by black Americans; and Timothy Drew, "Noble Drew Ali," founder of the Moorish Science Temple of America, who fused religion with black nationalism, paving the

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780842029674
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
02/01/2003
Series:
Human Tradition in America Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
6.18(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Edmonia G. and Carolina v. Highgate: Black Teachers, Freed Slaves, and the Betrayal of Black Hearts Chapter 2 Benjamin "Pap" Singleton: Father of the Kansas Exodus Chapter 3 William Washington Browne: Fraternal Society Leader Chapter 4 Richard Henry Boyd: Black Business and Religion in the Jim Crow South Chapter 5 Anna Julia Cooper: Educator, Clubwoman, and Feminist Chapter 6 Noble Drew Ali: Popular Religion in the Promised Land Chapter 7 Ma Rainey: Mother of the Blues Chapter 8 Addie W. Hunton: Crusader for Pan-Africanism and Peace Chapter 9 Lester A. Walton: A Life Between Culture and Politics Chapter 10 Willard Townsend: Black Workers, Civil Rights, and the Labor Movement Chapter 11 Elmer Henderson: Civil Servant and Civil Rights Activist Chapter 12 Roberta Church: Race and the Republican Party in the 1950s Chapter 13 Edgar Daniel Nixon: Founding Father of the Civil Rights Movement Chapter 14 Sgt. Allen Thomas, Jr.: A Black Soldier in Vietnam

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