Stories of Freedom in Black New York

Stories of Freedom in Black New York

by Shane White

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674025783
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 09/15/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,019,156
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.93(h) x (d)

About the Author

Shane White is Professor of History at the University of Sydney.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. The End of Slavery

2. Staging Freedom

3. Shakespeare's True Representative

4. Imitation

Epilogue

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

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With Stories of Freedom in Black New York, Shane White reinforces his position as one of the most innovative interpreters of African American culture. In this stunning work, deeply researched and narratively compelling, White explores theatrical life to deepen our appreciation of the diverse ways in which black New Yorkers defined and manifested their newly won freedom.

Leon Litwack

With Stories of Freedom in Black New York, Shane White reinforces his position as one of the most innovative interpreters of African American culture. In this stunning work, deeply researched and narratively compelling, White explores theatrical life to deepen our appreciation of the diverse ways in which black New Yorkers defined and manifested their newly won freedom.
Leon Litwack, author of Been in the Storm So Long: The Aftermath of Slavery

Ira Berlin

The African Grove Theater is to African American performing arts what Mother Bethel is to African American religion. Stories of Freedom in Black New York is the best history of that landmark institution, while also tracing the transit of black people from slavery to freedom in New York. It sparkles with original insights into life in the new Republic.
Ira Berlin, author of Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America

Lawrence W. Levine

Shane White demonstrates that the struggle for meaningful freedom by recently emancipated blacks in early 19th century New York occurred not only in legislative halls but also in cultural venues where black New Yorkers created a public style through music, dance, street parades, and a theatrical company that informed the entire populace of their determination to be players in all aspects of the city's life. It is an intensely human story that will enlighten all who read it.
Lawrence W. Levine, author of Highbrow/Lowbrow: The Emergence of Cultural Hierarchy in America

Robin D. G. Kelley

Freedom is more than words. It is felt, experienced, performed. Shane White's remarkable portrait of New York during emancipation captures African Americans struggling to express and define freedom for themselves - in the streets, the courts, and on stage. White brings his astonishing skills as a social historian to reveal a city engaging the most fundamental political questions of the day.
Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination

Mike Wallace

A splendid book. Stories of Freedom in Black New York digs deep into the antebellum city, and unearths far more treasures than scholars have assumed existed. Its probing investigation of the subtleties of race relations, its intertwining of theater and everyday life, its exhumation of language, perceptions, and folkways, are remarkable.
Mike Wallace, co-author of Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898

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