Black Identity and Black Protest in the Antebellum North

ISBN-10: 0807849677

ISBN-13: 9780807849675

Edition: 2002

Authors: Patrick Rael

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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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Book details

List price: $37.50
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 1/28/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 440
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

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

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Of Men, Lions, and History
A Different Measure of Oppression: Leadership and Identity in the Black North
Besieged by Freedom's Army: Antislavery Celebrations and Black Activism
The Sign of Things: The "Names Controversy" and Black Identity
Discipline of the Heart, Discipline of the Mind: The Sources of Black Social Thought
Slaves to a Wicked Public Sentiment: Black Respectability and the Response to Prejudice
A Nation Out of a Nation: Black Nationalism as Nationalism
This Temple of Liberty: Black Racialism and American Identity
Conclusion: Black Protest and the Continuing Revolution
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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