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By Joe W. Trotter, Earl Lewis, Tera W. Hunter

ISBN-10: 0312294654

ISBN-13: 9780312294656

From the early years of the African slave alternate to the USA, blacks have lived and laboured in city environments. but the transformation of rural blacks right into a predominantly city humans is a comparatively fresh phenomenon - purely in the course of global battle One did African american citizens movement into towns in huge numbers, and basically in the course of international warfare did extra blacks live in towns than within the nation-state. through the early Nineteen Seventies, blacks had not just made the transition from rural to city settings, yet have been nearly lightly dispensed among the towns of the North and the West at the one hand and the South at the different. of their quest for complete citizenship rights, monetary democracy, and unlock from an oppressive rural earlier, black southerners became to city migration and employment within the nation's business area as a brand new 'Promised Land' or 'Flight from Egypt'. in an effort to remove darkness from those variations in African American city existence, this e-book brings jointly city heritage; modern social, cultural, and coverage study; and comparative views on race, ethnicity, and nationality inside of and throughout nationwide boundaries.

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Such slaves held a "quasi-free" status as long as they stayed out of trouble, and enjoyed much better conditions than did plantation slaves who were under the constant gaze of overseers. Moreover, payment for extra work allowed slaves to enjoy sundry food , clothing, or leisure activities which were denied to other plantation hands . l? In his revisionist study, Industrial Slavery in the Old South (1970), Robert Starobin saw in the hiring out system evidence for a very different kind of slave existence.

David Grimsted, "Anglo-American Racism and Phillis Wheatley' s 'Sable Veil,' ' Length' ned C hain,' and ' Knitt ed H eart,' " in Ronald Hoffman and Peter J. S. Capitol H istorical Society, I 989),443. Linda K. Kerber, "The Meanin g of Citizenship," The journal of American H istory (D ecember 1997):833-854,841. Also see Kerb er, No Constitutional R ight to Be Ladies: VVllmen and the Obligations of Citize nship (N ew York: Hill and Wang , 1998). Gordon S. Wood , The R adicalism of the American R evolution (Ne w York: Alfred A.

Most southern cities were commercial and residential; Richmond had emerged by the 1840s as the onl y truly ind ustrial city. These urban centers prov ided port facilities necessary for agricultural exports, and served the commercial, financial, and social needs of the plantation society. Factors , bankers, lawyers, shop-keep ers, and slave dealers dominated the urb an economy. Backcountry towns that had served as rural crossroads of pol itics and trade, and where commodities were transshipped to the core, soon became nascent industrial locations.?

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