Black Identity and Black Protest in the Antebellum North

Black Identity and Black Protest in the Antebellum North Frederick Douglass Sojourner Truth Martin Delany these figures stand out in the annals of black protest for their vital antislavery efforts But what of the rest of their generation the thousands of

  • Title: Black Identity and Black Protest in the Antebellum North
  • Author: Patrick Rael
  • ISBN: 9780807849675
  • Page: 346
  • Format: Paperback
  • Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Martin Delany these figures stand out in the annals of black protest for their vital antislavery efforts But what of the rest of their generation, the thousands of other free blacks in the North Patrick Rael explores the tradition of protest and sense of racial identity forged by both famous and lesser known black leaders in antebellFrederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Martin Delany these figures stand out in the annals of black protest for their vital antislavery efforts But what of the rest of their generation, the thousands of other free blacks in the North Patrick Rael explores the tradition of protest and sense of racial identity forged by both famous and lesser known black leaders in antebellum America and illuminates the ideas that united these activists across a wide array of divisions In so doing, he reveals the roots of the arguments that still resound in the struggle for justice today.Mining sources that include newspapers and pamphlets of the black national press, speeches and sermons, slave narratives and personal memoirs, Rael recovers the voices of an extraordinary range of black leaders in the first half of the nineteenth century He traces how these activists constructed a black American identity through their participation in the discourse of the public sphere and how this identity in turn informed their critiques of a nation predicated on freedom but devoted to white supremacy His analysis explains how their place in the industrializing, urbanizing antebellum North offered black leaders a unique opportunity to smooth over class and other tensions among themselves and successfully galvanize the race against slavery.

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    • Unwieldy in its prose, but otherwise well-crafted, providing great insight into American identities during the early nineteenth century.Patrick Rael argues that elite black leaders in the North constructed a distinctive black identity in the years before the Civil War. They built this identity on a foundation of American identity and middle-class values, claiming a place for black Americans in the bourgeois public sphere. In a sense, therefore, northern black elites endorsed concepts that were o [...]


    • A fascinating look at the beginnings of black identity and protest in the antebellum north. Rael takes a top-down approach to the historiography and certainly makes a case for the development of specific rhetoric and discourse in black elite circles. The book would be stronger if he spent a little time exploring the impact of that rhetoric. But all in all, a very worthwhile read about how burgeoning prejudice in the antebellum north pushed the black elite to develop a cause and fight to be parti [...]


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