Hard Road to Freedom: The Story of African America

Hard Road to Freedom: The Story of African America

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ISBN-13: 9780813528519
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 01/28/2001
Pages: 424
Product dimensions: 6.15(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.93(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Mapsvii
Acknowledgmentsxi
Introduction1
Chapter 1Africa and the Atlantic Slave Trade6
Chapter 2The Evolution of Slavery in British North America26
Chapter 3Slavery and Freedom in the Age of Revolution52
Chapter 4The Early Republic and the Rise of the Cotton Kingdom76
Chapter 5Slavery and the Slave Community104
Chapter 6Free People of Color and the Fight against Slavery126
Chapter 7From Militancy to Civil War150
Chapter 8From Reconstruction to Jim Crow176
Chapter 9Populism, Industrial Unions, and the Politics of Race200
Chapter 10The Harlem Renaissance between the Wars226
Chapter 11Depression and War248
Chapter 12The Postwar Civil Rights Movement268
Chapter 13From Civil Rights to Black Power294
Chapter 14Conservatism and Race in Multicultural America322
Chapter 15Race-ing to the Millennium340
Notes357
Index389

What People are Saying About This

Daniel C. Littlefield

This new summary of the African American story in the United States is a first-class overview of the subject by two master historians of the African American experience. It is recommended alike to the scholar and interested public.
—(Daniel C. Littlefield, Carolina Professor of History, University of South Carolina)

Ira Berlin

Hard Road to Freedom tells the story of people of African descent in mainland North America, and does it with deep knowledge, intelligence, and passion. There are few better introductions to the subject."
—(Ira Berlin, professor of history, University of Maryland)

William Chafe

Brilliantly written and vividly illustrated, Hard Road to Freedom tells a powerful story of resilience, resistance, and courage among African Americans. No student of American history should be without it.
—(William Chafe, Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of American History, Duke University)

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