By Steven Hahn
This is the epic tale of the way African-Americans, within the six many years following slavery, remodeled themselves right into a political people--an embryonic black country. As Steven Hahn demonstrates, rural African-Americans have been valuable political actors within the nice occasions of disunion, emancipation, and nation-building. whilst, Hahn asks us to imagine in additional expansive methods in regards to the nature and limits of politics and political practice.
Emphasizing the significance of kinship, exertions, and networks of communique, A kingdom below Our Feet explores the political family members and sensibilities that built less than slavery and indicates how they set the degree for grassroots mobilization. Hahn introduces us to neighborhood leaders, and indicates how political groups have been outfitted, defended, and rebuilt. He additionally identifies the hunt for self-governance as an important objective of black politics around the rural South, from contests for neighborhood energy in the course of Reconstruction, to emigrationism, biracial electoral alliances, social separatism, and, finally, migration.
Hahn means that Garveyism and different renowned kinds of black nationalism absorbed and elaborated those past struggles, therefore linking the 1st iteration of migrants to the city North with those that remained within the South. He bargains a brand new framework--looking out from slavery--to comprehend twentieth-century sorts of black political awareness in addition to rising battles for civil rights. it's a robust tale, informed right here for the 1st time, and person who offers either an inspiring and a troubling point of view on American democracy.
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A Nation under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration by Steven Hahn