From the slave trade and the Civil War to "40 acres and a mule" and Jim Crow laws, African Americans in the 1800s struggled to be afforded legally protected citizenship and social acceptance. This work explores African American life across the breadth of the 19th century and the expanse of the nation, giving voice to men, women, and children too often unheard.
Uniquely inclusive, African Americans in the Nineteenth Century: People and Perspectives offers a wealth of insights into the way African Americans lived and how slave-era experiences affected their lives afterward. Coverage goes beyond well-known figures to focus on the lives of African American men, women and children across the nation, battling the oppression and prejudice that didn't stop with emancipation while they tried to establish their place as Americans.
The book ranges from the African origins of African American communities to coverage of slave communities, female slaves, slave-slave holder relations, and freed persons. Additional chapters look at African Americans in the Civil War, Reconstruction, and Jim Crow eras. An alphabetically organized "mini-encyclopedia," plus additional information sources round out this eye-opening work of social history.
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