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The Political Worlds of Slavery and Freedom (Nathan I. Huggins Lectures)

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Pulitzer Prize-winner Steven Hahn's provocative new book challenges deep-rooted views in the writing of American and African-American history. Moving from slave emancipations of the eighteenth century through slave activity during the Civil War and on to the black power movements of the twentieth century, he asks us to rethink African-American history and politics in bolder, more dynamic terms.

Historians have offered important new perspectives and evidence concerning the geographical expanse of slavery in the United States and the protracted process of abolishing it. They have also uncovered a wealth of new material on the political currents running through black communities from enslavement to the present day. Yet their scholarship has failed to dislodge familiar interpretive frameworks that may no longer make much sense of the past.

Based on the Nathan I. Huggins Lectures at Harvard University, The Political Worlds of Slavery and Freedom asks why this may be so and offers sweeping reassessments. It defines new chronological and spatial boundaries for American and African-American politics during the first half of the nineteenth century. It suggests, with historical comparisons, that we may have missed a massive slave rebellion during the Civil War. And it takes a serious look at the development and appeal of Garveyism and the hidden history of black politics it may help to reveal. Throughout, it presents African Americans as central actors in the arenas of American politics, while emphasizing traditions of self-determination, self-governance, and self-defense among them.

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Pulitzer Prize-winner Steven Hahn's provocative new book challenges deep-rooted views in the writing of American and African-American history. Moving from slave emancipations of the eighteenth century through slave activity during the Civil War and on to the black power movements of the twentieth century, he asks us to rethink African-American history and politics in bolder, more dynamic terms. Throughout, Hahn presents African Americans as central actors in the arenas of American politics, while emphasizing traditions of self-determination, self-governance, and self-defense.

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

  • Preface
  1. “Slaves at Large”: The Emancipation Process and the Terrain of African American Politics
  2. Did We Miss the Greatest Slave Rebellion in Modern History?
  3. Marcus Garvey, The UNIA, and the Hidden Political History of African Americans
  • Appendix
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgements
  • Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674032965
Author:
Hahn, Steven
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
History
Subject:
Slavery
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Human Rights
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor
Subject:
Political History
Subject:
African Americans--Politics and government
Subject:
Slavery -- Political aspects -- United States.
Subject:
General-General
Subject:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies/African-American Studies
Subject:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Human Rights
Subject:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
Subject:
Social Science-Slavery
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Series:
Nathan I. Huggins Lectures
Publication Date:
March 2009
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
7 halftones, 5 tables
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
7 x 4 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » African American Studies » General
History and Social Science » African American Studies » Slavery and Reconstruction
History and Social Science » Sociology » Slavery
History and Social Science » US History » 19th Century
History and Social Science » US History » 20th Century » General
History and Social Science » World History » General

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"Synopsis" by , Pulitzer Prize-winner Steven Hahn's provocative new book challenges deep-rooted views in the writing of American and African-American history. Moving from slave emancipations of the eighteenth century through slave activity during the Civil War and on to the black power movements of the twentieth century, he asks us to rethink African-American history and politics in bolder, more dynamic terms. Throughout, Hahn presents African Americans as central actors in the arenas of American politics, while emphasizing traditions of self-determination, self-governance, and self-defense.
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