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The Insistent Call: Rhetorical Moments in Black Anticolonialism, 1929-1937
     

The Insistent Call: Rhetorical Moments in Black Anticolonialism, 1929-1937

by Aric Putnam
 

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Throughout the nineteenth century, African heritage played an important role in black America, as personal memories and cultural practices continued to shape the everyday experience of people of African descent living under the shadow of slavery. Resisting efforts to de-Africanize their values, customs, and beliefs, black Americans invoked their African roots in

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Throughout the nineteenth century, African heritage played an important role in black America, as personal memories and cultural practices continued to shape the everyday experience of people of African descent living under the shadow of slavery. Resisting efforts to de-Africanize their values, customs, and beliefs, black Americans invoked their African roots in public arguments about their identity and place in the "new" world. At the outset of the twentieth century many still saw Africa primarily as the source of a common cultural and spiritual past. But after the 1920s, the meaning of African heritage changed as people of African descent expressed new relationships between themselves, the United States, and the African Diaspora. In The Insistent Call, Aric Putnam studies the rhetoric of newspapers, literature, and political pamphlets that expressed this shift. He demonstrates that as people of African descent debated the United States' occupation of Haiti, the Liberian labor crisis, and the Italian invasion of Ethiopia, they formed a new collective identity, one that understood the African Diaspora in primarily political rather than cultural terms. In addition to uncovering a neglected period in the history of black rhetoric, Putnam shows how rhetoric that articulates the interests of a population not defined by the boundaries of a state can still motivate collective action and influence policies.

University of Massachusetts Press

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The Journal of American History

Putnam [has] produced [a] short, engaging text designed for upper-level undergraduates, graduates, and specialists interested in the vectors of rhetoric, race, and empire explored by the likes of Paul Gilroy, Amy Kaplan, Michelle Stephens, Winston James, Penny Von Eschen, and James Meriweather.

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ISBN-13:
9781558499782
Publisher:
University of Massachusetts Press
Publication date:
10/31/2012
Edition description:
1
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Jacqueline Bacon

The Insistent Call is well grounded in current scholarship, and the author defines clearly his place in the debates and his extension of current thought.

Meet the Author

Aric Putnam is associate professor of communication at the College of St. Benedict / St. John's University.

University of Massachusetts Press

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