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Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Martin Delany--these figures stand out in the annals of black protest for their vital antislavery efforts. But what of the rest of their generation, the thousands of other free blacks in the North? Patrick Rael explores the tradition of protest and sense of racial identity forged by both famous and lesser-known black leaders in antebellum America and illuminates the ideas that united these activists across a wide array of divisions. In so doing, he reveals the roots of the arguments that still resound in the struggle for justice today.

Mining sources that include newspapers and pamphlets of the black national press, speeches and sermons, slave narratives and personal memoirs, Rael recovers the voices of an extraordinary range of black leaders in the first half of the nineteenth century. He traces how these activists constructed a black American identity through their participation in the discourse of the public sphere and how this identity in turn informed their critiques of a nation predicated on freedom but devoted to white supremacy. His analysis explains how their place in the industrializing, urbanizing antebellum North offered black leaders a unique opportunity to smooth over class and other tensions among themselves and successfully galvanize the race against slavery.

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Patrick Rael is associate professor of history at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807849675
Author:
Rael, Patrick
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Location:
Chapel Hill
Subject:
History
Subject:
African American Studies - History
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
United States - Antebellum Era
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Northeastern states
Subject:
Protest movements
Subject:
African American leadership
Subject:
Free African Americans
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
African Americans - Intellectual life
Subject:
African Americans - History - To 1863
Subject:
African American Studies-Black Heritage
Subject:
African American Studies-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
The John Hope Franklin series in African American history and culture
Series Volume:
vol. VII, no 87.
Publication Date:
January 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
436
Dimensions:
9.18x6.16x1.06 in. 1.41 lbs.

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