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The Political Worlds of Slavery and Freedom

The Political Worlds of Slavery and Freedom

Steven Hahn
Copyright Date: 2009
Published by: Harvard University Press
Pages: 272
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    The Political Worlds of Slavery and Freedom
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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.

    eISBN: 978-0-674-05393-9
    Subjects: History, Sociology, Political Science
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  1. Front Matter (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Preface (pp. ix-xx)
  4. 1 “Slaves at Large”: The Emancipation Process and the Terrain of African American Politics (pp. 1-54)

    When Lewis Garrard Clarke, who was born a slave in early nineteenth-century Kentucky, crossed the Ohio River in making his escape from captivity, he “trembled all over with deep emotion,” being “on what was called free soil, among people who had no slaves.” But when Clarke arrived in nearby Cincinnati, he saw “several times a great slave dealer from Kentucky, who knew me,” and “was very careful to give him a wide berth.” Soon concluding that “thespiritof slaveholding was not all South of the Ohio River,” Clarke determined to take the advice of a former slave he met,...

  5. 2 Did We Miss the Greatest Slave Rebellion in Modern History? (pp. 55-114)

    In the late summer of 1862, slaveholders residing along the coast of Georgia complained bitterly to Confederate officials about the behavior of their slaves. The slaves, it seems, were fleeing their plantations in large numbers, heading for Union lines, joining up with the Union Army, and then returning to the plantations to entice still more slaves away. The slaveholders thus demanded “a few executions of the leading transgressors . . . by hanging or shooting,” which they regarded as “punishment adequate to their crime.”

    Nearly four months later, when the complaints finally reached the desk of Confederate Secretary of War...

  6. 3 Marcus Garvey, the UNIA, and the Hidden Political History of African Americans (pp. 115-162)

    Late in the winter of 2005, I saw a notice in a Philadelphia paper for an upcoming exhibit on Marcus Garvey and his organization, the Universal Negro Improvement Association (or the UNIA). The exhibit was to be on display at the African-American Museum in Center City, and it was scheduled for several hours on a Saturday afternoon. At the time, I thought it odd that a museum exhibit would be up for a mere afternoon, but I was very much interested in Garvey and his movement and eager to see what might be there, so I decided to go.


  7. Appendix (pp. 165-172)
  8. Notes (pp. 173-230)
  9. Acknowledgments (pp. 231-234)
  10. Index (pp. 235-246)