My Face Is Black Is True Callie House and the Struggle for Ex-Slave Reparations

ISBN-10: 0307277054

ISBN-13: 9780307277053

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Description: “My face is black is true but its not my fault but I love my name and my honest dealing with my fellow man.” –Callie House (1899) In this groundbreaking book, acclaimed historian Dr. Mary Frances Berry resurrects the remarkable story of ex-slave Callie House (1861-1928) who, seventy years before the civil-rights movement, headed a demand for ex-slave reparations. A widowed Nashville washerwoman and mother of five, House went on to fight for African American pensions based on those offered to Union soldiers, brilliantly targeting $68 million in taxes on seized rebel cotton and demanding it as repayment for centuries of unpaid labor. Here is the fascinating story of a forgotten civil rights crusader: a woman who emerges as a courageous pioneering activist, a forerunner of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/10/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Prologue
We Need a Movement
Organizing the National Ex-Slave Mutual Relief, Bounty and Pension Association
The Association Under Attack
Voices of the Ex-Slaves
The Movement Fights Back
Avoiding Destruction
The Association Goes to Federal Court
Jailed for Justice
Passing the Torch
Epilogue: The Reparations Movement Still Lives
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