We All Got History: The Memory Books of Amos Webber

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Overview

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.

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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)

Meet the Author

Nick Salvatore is a Maurice and Hinda Neufeld Founders Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations and a professor of American Studies at Cornell University.  He is the author of Eugene V. Debs: Citizen and Socialist and Singing in a Strange Land: C. L. Franklin, the Black Church, and the Transformation of America.

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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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