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Author Kantrowitz, Stephen David, 1965-

Title More than freedom : fighting for Black citizenship in a White republic, 1829-1889 / Stephen Kantrowitz.

Publication Info. New York : Penguin Press, 2012.


Location Call No. Status
 Avon Free Public Library - Adult Department  323.1196 KANTROWITZ    Check Shelf
 Windsor, Main Library - Adult Department  323.1196 KA    Check Shelf
Description 514 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary The story of the African American journey from slavery to freedom usually begins with heroic abolitionists, peaks with emancipation during the Civil War, and trails off amid Reconstruction's violence. Here, historian Stephen Kantrowitz redefines our understanding of this entire era by showing that the fight to abolish slavery was always part of a much broader campaign by African Americans to claim full citizenship and to remake the white republic into a place where they could belong. Kantrowitz chronicles this epic struggle through the lives of black and white activists in and around Boston, including both famous reformers and lesser-known but equally important figures. While these freedom fighters have traditionally been called abolitionists, their goals and achievements went far beyond emancipation. Calling themselves "colored citizens," they fought to establish themselves in American public life, both by building their own institutions and by fiercely challenging proslavery laws and practices of exclusion. They knew that equal citizenship meant something far beyond freedom: not only rights, but also acceptance, inclusion and respect.--From publisher description.
Contents Confronting slavery and freedom. A place for "colored citizens" ; Fighting Jim Crow in the cradle of liberty ; Our unfinished church -- Fighting like men. The heirs of Crispus Attucks ; Outlaws ; The fall and rise of the United States -- The disappointments of citizenship. Radical reconstruction on Beacon Hill ; "The war of races" ; Burying Lewis Hayden -- More than freedom.
Subject African Americans -- Massachusetts -- Boston Region -- History -- 19th century.
African Americans -- Civil rights -- Massachusetts -- Boston Region -- History.
Free African Americans -- Massachusetts -- Boston Region -- History -- 19th century.
Free African Americans -- Civil rights -- Massachusetts -- Boston Region -- History -- 19th century.
Citizenship -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Boston Region (Mass.) -- Race relations -- History -- 19th century.
Boston Region (Mass.) -- History -- 19th century.
ISBN 9781594203428
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