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We All Got History: The Memory Books of Amos Webber
     

We All Got History: The Memory Books of Amos Webber

by Nick Salvatore, Royden Loewen
 

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ISBN-10: 0252074408

ISBN-13: 9780252074400

Pub. Date: 12/12/2006

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

Lost for over a hundred years until their rediscovery by Nick Salvatore, Amos Webber’s “Thermometer Books” recorded six decades of the daily experiences of a black freeman in nineteenth-century Philadelphia and Worcester, Massachusetts. These diaries form the basis for Salvatore’s vital portrait of an everyday hero who struggled

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Lost for over a hundred years until their rediscovery by Nick Salvatore, Amos Webber’s “Thermometer Books” recorded six decades of the daily experiences of a black freeman in nineteenth-century Philadelphia and Worcester, Massachusetts. These diaries form the basis for Salvatore’s vital portrait of an everyday hero who struggled unrelentingly for his people in a land that still considered blacks to be less than human.
 
In We All Got History, we see Webber working as a janitor; rescuing fugitive slaves on the Underground Railroad; marching triumphantly into Richmond with the Fifth Massachusetts Cavalry; and active in the religious and fraternal organizations that became the cement of the African American community. What emerges from this moving history is not only a picture of Webber the man, but also of the vibrant African American culture that nurtured him.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252074400
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
12/12/2006
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Maps     xvii
Introduction     3
The Great Disjuncture and Ethnic Farmers: Life in Two Corners of a Transnational Grassland     18
Snowdrift and Dust Bowl: The Environment and Cultural Change     34
'Hold Your Heads High in Your Usual Unassuming Manner': Making a Mennonite Middle Class     58
Joy and Evangelicalism: Rediscovering Faith in Kansas     82
Beyond Shunning: Reconfiguring the Old Manitoba Bruderschaft     102
The Rise and Fall of the Cheerful Homemaker: Womanhood in Kansas     124
Poultrymen, Car Dealers, and Football Stars: Masculinities in Manitoba     145
Reinventing Mennonite Tradition: Old Ways in the Jungles of British Honduras     169
Fragmented Freedoms: Studies of Mennonites in Winnipeg and Denver     202
Conclusion     228
Notes     237
Bibliography     299
Index     317

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