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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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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Belknap Pr
Publication date April 30, 2005
Pages 610
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780674017658
ISBN-10 067401765X
Dimensions 1.25 by 6 by 9.25 in.
Weight 1.75 lbs.
Original list price $29.00
Other format details university press
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Emphasizing the role of kinship, labor, and networks in the African American community, the author retraces six generations of black struggles since the end of the Civil War, revealing a 'nation' under construction.
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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.



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Hardcover
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from Belknap Pr (October 1, 2003)
9780674011694 | details & prices | 16 pages | 9.50 × 6.50 × 1.50 in. | 2.15 lbs | List price $35.00
About: Emphasizing the role of kinship, labor, and networks in the African American community, the author retraces six generations of black struggles since the end of the Civil War, revealing a 'nation' under construction.
Paperback
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from Belknap Pr (April 30, 2005)
9780674017658 | details & prices | 610 pages | 6.00 × 9.25 × 1.25 in. | 1.75 lbs | List price $29.00
About: Emphasizing the role of kinship, labor, and networks in the African American community, the author retraces six generations of black struggles since the end of the Civil War, revealing a 'nation' under construction.
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9781522642596
 
With Noah Michael Levine (other contributor) | Mp3 una edition from Audible Studios on Brilliance audio (July 19, 2016)
9781522642596 | details & prices | List price $9.99
About: 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.

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