Black New Jersey tells the rich and complex story of the African American community’s remarkable accomplishments and the colossal obstacles they faced along the way. Drawing from rare archives, historian Graham Russell Gao Hodges brings to life the courageous black men and women who fought for their freedom and eventually built a sturdy and substantial middle class. He explores how the state’s unique mix of religious, artistic, and cultural traditions have helped to produce such world-renowned figures as Paul Robeson, Cory Booker, and Queen Latifah, as well as a host of lesser-known but equally influential New Jersey natives.
|Publisher:||Rutgers University Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)|
|Age Range:||16 - 18 Years|
About the Author
GRAHAM RUSSELL GAO HODGES is the George Dorland Langdon, Jr. Professor of History and Africana and Latin American studies at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. He is the author or editor of sixteen books, including Slavery and Freedom in the Rural North: African Americans in Monmouth County, New Jersey, 1660-1870 and Root & Branch: African Americans in New York and East Jersey, 1613-1863.
Table of Contents
C O N T E N T S List of Illustrations ix Introduction 1 1 From Initial Euro-African Settlement to the Pre-Revolution, 1625–1763 12 2 From Revolution to Gradual Emancipation, 1764–1804 34 3 Slavery, Freedom, and Struggle, 1804–1860 59 4 The Civil War and Reconstruction to World War I 98 5 Black New Jersey Battles Jim Crow, 1918–1940 159 6 World War II and Its Aftermath, 1940–1960 211 7 The 1960s–2014 249 8 Present and Future 291 Acknowledgments 301 Notes 303 Index