ISBN-10:
067401765X
ISBN-13:
9780674017658
Pub. Date:
04/30/2005
Publisher:
Harvard
A Nation under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration / Edition 1

A Nation under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration / Edition 1

by Steven Hahn

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674017658
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 04/30/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 624
Sales rank: 461,804
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Steven Hahn is Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor in American History at University of Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Looking Out from Slavery

Part I: "The Jacobins of the Country"

1. Of Chains and Threads

2. "The Choked Voice of a Race at Last Unloosed"

3. Of Rumors and Revelations

Part II: To Build a New Jerusalem

4. Reconstructing the Body Politic

5. "A Society Turned Bottomside Up"

6. Of Paramilitary Politics

Part III: The Unvanquished

7. The Education of Henry Adams

8. Of Ballots and Biracialism

9. The Valley and the Shadows

Epilogue: "Up, You Mighty Race"

Appendix: Black Leaders Data Set

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

What People are Saying About This

Imagine a world in which slaves were thoughtful, purposeful political beings before the Northern "liberators" showed up at the gates of Southern plantations. Steven Hahn identifies the constituent elements of slave politics and uncloaks the relationship between public acts of politics and the less visible world of African-American institutions, practices, obligations, communities, and understandings that enabled them. This is a wonderful book which dramatically revises our assumptions about the formidable role of rural working-class people in remaking the nation after slavery.

David W. Blight

An original book about what it means to be political in America. With stunning research and sparkling narrative, Steven Hahn has written a moving story about political behavior among the slavery and freedom generations of rural, southern blacks. He demonstrates how a people with roots in slavery converted freedom into integrationist and separatist ends all at once. Blacks practiced the craft of bending wills as they bent their backs in labor. This book will take its place among a handful of classics on southern black life and politics.
David W. Blight, author of Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory

Ira Berlin

A Nation Under Our Feet is the best study of working class politics published in a generation. By unraveling the riddle of black politics in slavery and tracing the growth of black political activism through Reconstruction into the twentieth century, Hahn forces us to think differently about the American polity and what he calls "the inspiring and dispiriting history of American democracy." An extraordinary achievement.
Ira Berlin, author of Generations of Captivity: A History of African-American Slaves

Evelyn Higginbotham

In this sweeping account of black political culture in the rural south, Steven Hahn reveals a century of black community mobilization from slave resistance before the Civil War to the rise of Garveyism in the Deep South of the 1920s. Hahn's breathtaking research and his focus on public activism return to the subject of black rural life a political currency that can only grow in interest.
Evelyn Higginbotham, Editor-in-Chief, The Harvard Guide to African-American History

Tera Hunter

Imagine a world in which slaves were thoughtful, purposeful political beings before the Northern "liberators" showed up at the gates of Southern plantations. Steven Hahn identifies the constituent elements of slave politics and uncloaks the relationship between public acts of politics and the less visible world of African-American institutions, practices, obligations, communities, and understandings that enabled them. This is a wonderful book which dramatically revises our assumptions about the formidable role of rural working-class people in remaking the nation after slavery.

Tera Hunter, author of To 'Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women's Lives and Labors after the Civil War

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