Coming for to Carry Me Home: Race in America from Abolitionism to Jim Crow

Coming for to Carry Me Home: Race in America from Abolitionism to Jim Crow

by J. Michael Martinez


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Coming for to Carry Me Home examines the history of the politics surrounding U.S. race relations during the half century between the rise of the abolitionist movement in the 1830s and the dawn of the Jim Crow era in the 1880s. J. Michael Martinez argues that Abraham Lincoln and the Radical Republicans in Congress were the pivotal actors, albeit not the architects, that influenced this evolution. To understand how Lincoln and his contemporaries viewed race, Martinez first explains the origins of abolitionism and the tumultuous decade of the 1830s, when that generation of political leaders came of age. He then follows the trail through Reconstruction, Redemption, and the beginnings of legal segregation in the 1880s. This book addresses the central question of how and why the concept of race changed during this period.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442214989
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/22/2011
Series: American Crisis Series: Books on the Civil War Era Series
Pages: 334
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

J. Michael Martinez is an attorney and author of numerous articles and four books, including Carpetbaggers, Cavalry, and the Ku Klux Klan: Exposing the Invisible Empire during Reconstruction.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: “The Crimes of This Guilty Land Will Never Be Purged Away but with Blood”
Chapter 2: “Mr. President, You Are Murdering Your Country by Inches”
Chapter 3: “The Bondsman’s Two Hundred and Fifty Years of Unrequited Toil Shall Be Sunk”
Chapter 4: “An Ungrateful, Despicable, Besotted, Traitorous Man—An Incubus”
Chapter 5: “The Progress of Evolution, from President Washington to President Grant,
Was Alone Evidence Enough to Upset Darwin”
Chapter 6: “Radicalism Is Dissolving—Going to Pieces, but What Is to Take Its Place,
Does Not Clearly Appear”
Chapter 7: “We Have Been, as a Class, Grievously Wounded, Wounded in the House of Our Friends”
Epilogue: “We Wear the Mask That Grins and Lies”

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