By Steven Hahn
This is the epic tale of the way African-Americans, within the six many years following slavery, reworked themselves right into a political people--an embryonic black kingdom. As Steven Hahn demonstrates, rural African-Americans have been crucial political actors within the nice occasions of disunion, emancipation, and nation-building. whilst, Hahn asks us to imagine in additional expansive methods concerning the nature and limits of politics and political practice.
Emphasizing the significance of kinship, hard work, and networks of verbal exchange, A kingdom lower than Our Feet explores the political relatives 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 search for self-governance as a vital aim of black politics around the rural South, from contests for neighborhood strength in the course of Reconstruction, to emigrationism, biracial electoral alliances, social separatism, and, ultimately, migration.
Hahn means that Garveyism and different renowned types 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 realization in addition to rising battles for civil rights. it's a robust tale, instructed 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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