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A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration

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This is the epic story of how African-Americans, in the six decades following slavery, transformed themselves into a political people--an embryonic black nation. As Steven Hahn demonstrates, rural African-Americans were central political actors in the great events of disunion, emancipation, and nation-building. At the same time, Hahn asks us to think in more expansive ways about the nature and boundaries of politics and political practice.

Emphasizing the importance of kinship, labor, and networks of communication, A Nation under Our Feet explores the political relations and sensibilities that developed under slavery and shows how they set the stage for grassroots mobilization. Hahn introduces us to local leaders, and shows how political communities were built, defended, and rebuilt. He also identifies the quest for self-governance as an essential goal of black politics across the rural South, from contests for local power during Reconstruction, to emigrationism, biracial electoral alliances, social separatism, and, eventually, migration.

Hahn suggests that Garveyism and other popular forms of black nationalism absorbed and elaborated these earlier struggles, thus linking the first generation of migrants to the urban North with those who remained in the South. He offers a new framework--looking out from slavery--to understand twentieth-century forms of black political consciousness as well as emerging battles for civil rights. It is a powerful story, told here for the first time, and one that presents both an inspiring and a troubling perspective on American democracy.

Synopsis:

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title of 2005

Synopsis:

2004 Merle Curti Prize in American Social and/or Cultural History, Organization for American Historians

About the Author

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

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674017658
Author:
Hahn, Steven
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Political History
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor
Subject:
United States - State & Local - South
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
Social conditions
Subject:
Southern States Politics and government.
Subject:
African Americans - Southern States
Subject:
African American Studies-Black Heritage
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
Social Science-Slavery
Subject:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies/African-American Studies
Subject:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Civil Rights
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
April 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
18 halftones
Pages:
624
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in

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