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African or American? : Black identity and political activism in New York City, 1784-1861

Author: Leslie M Alexander
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"During the early national and antebellum eras, black leaders in New York City confronted the tenuous nature of Northern emancipation. Despite the hope of freedom, black New Yorkers faced a series of sociopolitical issues including the persistence of Southern slavery, the threat of forced removal, racial violence, and the denial of American citizenship. Even efforts to create community space within the urban  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Leslie M Alexander
ISBN: 9780252033360 0252033361
OCLC Number: 177019502
Description: xxiv, 258 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Preface: "Onward forever" --
"Men and women who would be free," 1784-1810 --
"To leave the house of bondage," 1810-1826 --
"Of what use are processions?" 1827-1829 --
"Our own native land," 1830-1839 --
"Unity is the condition of success," 1837-1849 --
"A heavy and cruel hand has been laid upon us," 1850-1861 --
"The story of Seneca Village," 1825-1857 --
Epilogue: "Still marching on ."
Responsibility: Leslie M. Alexander.
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Chronicles the development of black activism in New York from the formation of the first black organization, the African Society, in 1784 to the eve of the Civil War in 1861. Examining black  Read more...

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