African Americans in the Post-emancipation South: The Outsiders' View

African Americans in the Post-emancipation South: The Outsiders' View

By: Alton Hornsby (author)Paperback

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Historians and other scholars often use first-hand accounts, including contemporary observations, as sources for study of the past. These types of sources are valuable, especially when used in conjunction with other documents, as they help us to approximate the past. This study uses these types of sources to attain glimpses of African American life in the post-emancipation South. Spanning from the 1860s through the New Deal, this study incorporates a broad cross-section of the views of European travelers and Euro-American visitors from the North, based upon travel books as well as articles and essays from periodicals and scholarly journals. The study synthesizes the outsiders' observations and assesses their summaries' overall validity for increasing our understanding of the lives of blacks in the post-emancipation South. Furthermore, these accounts allow for a reconstruction of African American life and labor in the major aspects of black culture-religion, education, politics, criminal justice, employment and entrepreneurship, social life and status-of the times. The work is constructed in the context of contemporary anthropology, ethnography, psychology, and sociology.

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Alton Hornsby, Jr. is Fuller E. Callaway Professor of History at Morehouse College and former editor of the Journal of Negro History. He is also the editor of Wiley-Blackwell's Companion to African American History. His most recent work is Black Power in Dixie: A Political History of African Americans in Atlanta.


Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Acknowledgements Chapter 3 Introduction Chapter 4 I. Appearances Chapter 5 II. The Opportunity to Earn a Dollar Chapter 6 III. Pray, Shout, and Sing Chapter 7 IV. Pedagogs and Pupils Chapter 8 V. "In All Things Social" Chapter 9 VI. Manners and Morals Chapter 10 VII. Political Participation Chapter 11 Epilogue Chapter 12 Bibliography Chapter 13 About the Author

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/01/2000
  • ISBN13: 9780761851059
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 190
  • ID: 9780761851059
  • weight: 286
  • ISBN10: 0761851054

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