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Four hundred souls : a community history of African America, 1619-2019
Title:
Four hundred souls : a community history of African America, 1619-2019
ISBN:
9780593134047
Edition:
First edition.
Physical Description:
xvii, 504 pages ; 25 cm
Contents:
A community of souls : an introduction / 1619-1624 : arrival / 1624-1629 : Africa / 1629-1634 : whipped for lying with a Black woman / 1634-1639 : tobacco / 1639-1644 : Black women's labor / 1644-1649 : Anthony Johnson, colony of Virginia / 1649-1654 : the Black family / 1654-1659 : unfree labor / Poem : "Upon arrival"

1659-1664 : Elizabeth Keye / 1664-1669 : the Virginia law on baptism / 1669-1674 : the Royal African Company / 1674-1679 : Bacon's rebellion / 1679-1684 : the Virginia law that forbade bearing arms; or the Virginia law that forbade armed self-defense / 1684-1689 : the code noir / 1689-1694 : the Germantown petition against slavery / 1694-1699 : the middle passage / Poem : "Mama, where you keep your gun?"

1699-1704 : the selling of Joseph / 1704-1709 : the Virginia slave codes / 1709-1714 : the revolt in New York / 1714-1719 : the slave market / 1719-1724 : maroons and marronage / 1724-1729 : the spirituals / 1729-1734 : African identities / 1734-1739 : from Fort Mose to soul city / Poem : "Before revolution"

1739-1744 : the Stono rebellion / 1744-1749 : Lucy Terry Prince / 1749-1754 : race and the Enlightenment / 1754-1759 : Blackness and indigeneity / 1759-1764 : one Black boy : the Great Lakes and the Midwest / 1764-1769 : Phillis Wheatley / 1769-1774 : David George / 1774-1779 : the American Revolution / Poem : "Not without some instances of uncommon cruelty"

1779-1784 : Savannah, Georgia / 1784-1789 : the U.S. Constitution / 1789-1794 : Sally Hemings / 1794-1799 : the Fugitive Slave Act / 1799-1804 : higher education / 1804-1809 : cotton / 1809-1814 : the Louisiana rebellion / 1814-1819 : queer sexuality / Poem : "Remembering the Albany 3"

1819-1824 : Denmark Vesey / 1824-1829 : Freedom's Journal / 1829-1834 : Maria Stewart / 1834-1839 : the national Negro conventions / 1839-1844 : racial passing / 1844-1849 : James McCune Smith, M.D. / 1849-1854 : Oregon / 1854-1859 : Dred Scott / Poem : "Compromise"

1859-1864 : Frederick Douglass / 1864-1869 : the Civil War / 1869-1874 : Reconstruction / 1874-1879 : Atlanta / 1879-1884 : John Wayne Niles / 1884-1889 : Philadelphia / 1889-1894 : lynching / 1894-1899 : Plessy v. Ferguson / Poem : "John Wayne Niles [...] Ermias Joseph Asghedom"

1899-1904 : Booker T. Washington / 1904-1909 : Jack Johnson / 1909-1914 : the Black public intellectual / 1914-1919 : the great migration / 1919-1924 : red summer / 1924-1929 : the Harlem Renaissance / 1929-1934 : the Great Depression / 1934-1939 : Zora Neale Hurston / Poem : "Coiled and unleashed"

1939-1944 : the Black soldier / 1944-1949 : the Black left / 1949-1954 : the road to Brown v. Board of Education / 1954-1959 : Black arts / 1959-1964 : the Civil Rights Movement / 1964-1969 : Black power / 1969-1974 : property / 1974-1979 : Combahee River Collective / Poem : "And the record repeats"

1979-1984 : the war on drugs / 1984-1989 : the hip-hop generation / 1989-1994 : Anita Hill / 1994-1999 : the crime bill / 1999-2004 : the Black immigrant / 2004-2009 : Hurricane Katrina / 2009-2014 : the Shelby ruling / 2014-2019 : Black Lives Matter / Poem : "American Abecedarian" / Conclusion : Our ancestors' wildest dreams
Summary:
A chorus of extraordinary voices tells one of history's great epics: The four-hundred-year journey of African Americans from 1619-- a year before the Mayflower dropped anchor off Cape Cod, when the White Lion disgorged "some 20 and odd Negroes" onto the shores of Virginia-- to the present, when African Americans, descendants of those on the White Lion and a thousand other routes to this country, continue a journey defined by inhuman oppression, visionary struggles, stunning achievements, and millions of ordinary lives passing through extraordinary history. Four Hundred Souls is a unique one-volume "community" history of African Americans. The editors, Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain, have assembled ninety brilliant writers, each of whom takes on a brief period of that four-hundred-year-span. The writers explore their periods through a variety of techniques: historical essays, short stories, personal vignettes, and fiery polemics. They approach history from various perspectives: though the eyes of towering historical icons or the untold stories of ordinary people; through places, laws, and objects. While themes of resistance and struggle, of hope and reinvention, course though the book, this collection of diverse pieces fundamentally deconstructs the idea that Africans in America are a monolith. Instead it unlocks the startling range of experiences and ideas that have always existed within the community of Blackness. This is a history that illuminates our past and gives us new ways of thinking about our future, written by the most vital and essential voices of our present--From dust jacket.
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