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A mind to stay White plantation, Black homeland

Author: Sydney Nathans
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts Harvard University Press 2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Prologue: Unexpected -- Part one. Proving ground: Spared -- "Emigrants"--"So detested a place" -- Held back -- Reversals -- Part two. A foothold in freedom: -- Exile's return -- "Against all comers" -- "If they can get the land" -- Part three. Beyond a living: "Hallelujah times" -- "A game rooster" -- Sanctuaries -- Part four. Heir land: "That thirties wreck" -- New foundations -- "unless it's a must" -- Epilogue:
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sydney Nathans
ISBN: 9780674972148 0674972147
OCLC Number: 982169237
Description: 313 Seiten
Responsibility: Sydney Nathans

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Sydney Nathans offers a counterpoint to the narrative of the Great Migration, a central theme of black liberation in the twentieth century. He tells the story of enslaved families who became the  Read more...

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By tracing the story of a single plantation through generations, Nathans ably demonstrates how the legacy of slavery and oppression continues to profoundly affect the people throughout the South Read more...

 
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