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This narrative text explores the African American experience throughout United States history, with particular emphasis on work, community, and recurring discrimination. Unlike most other texts dealing with this subject matter, The African American Experience provides equal emphasis on the North and South.
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I. The African American Experience in Global Perspective: Prelude to a New World 1. Before the Atlantic Crossing Northeast Africa Northwest Africa and the Trans-Saharan Trade West Africa 2. The Transatlantic Trade, the Plantation System, and Black Labor The Old World Roots of New World Bondage The Caribbean and Latin America Slave Culture, Politics, and Resistance II. Enslavement, Revolution, and the New Republic, 1619-1820 3. Transition to African Labor Ambiguous Beginnings Expansion and Consolidation of African Slavery Legal Dimensions 4. Responses to Bondage Emergence of African American Culture and Communities From Day-to-Day Resistance to Open Rebellion Inter- and Intraethnic Relations 5. African Americans and the American Revolution Black Resistance, Antislavery Sentiment, and the Beginnings of the Revolution Shifting Military Policies and the Recruitment of Black Troops African Americans in the Revolutionary Forces 6. Race, Republicanism, and the Limits of Democracy Free Blacks and the Promise of the Revolution African Americans and the Limits of Democracy The Rise of Black Institutions: Civil and Human Rights Struggles III. The Antebellum Era, Expansion of Cotton Culture, and Civil War, 1820-1865 7. Under the Lash: Migration, Work, and Social Conditions Cotton and the Journey to the Deep South Plantation, Industrial, and Urban Work Bondage, Law, Health, and Living Conditions 8. Community, Culture, and Resistance Judeo-Christian/African Ideas and the Black Family Religion, Music, and Leisure Time Activities Day-to-Day Resistance, Rebellion, and Attempts to Rebel 9. Free Blacks, Abolitionists, and the Antislavery Movement Urbanization, Work, and the Economy Disfranchisement, Segregation, and Exclusion Institutions, Culture, and Politics 10. The Civil War and the Struggle for Freedom White Attitudes Toward Blacks in the North and the South Early African American Responses to the War Federal Policy and the Enlistment of Blacks On the Battlefield and the Fight Within the Fight Rehearsal for Reconstruction IV. Emancipation and the First Generation of Freedom, 1865-1915 11. The Politics of Emancipation: Winning and Losing the Franchise Presidential Reconstruction and the Radical Challenge From "Radical" to "Redeemer" Regimes Limits of Electoral Politics 12. Economic Emancipation, Land, and the Search for Industrial Opportunities Rural Wage Labor and New Forms of Coercion Landownership and Resistance to Wage Labor The Sharecropping System Urbanization Emergence of New Businesses and Entrpreneurs 13. Freedom, Social Conditions, and the Rise of Jim Crow Housing, Education, and Public Accommodations Law, Justice, and Racist Publications 14. Emancipation, Jim Crow, and New Forms of Community and Social Activism Family, Church, and Fraternal Order Social Clubs, Leisure Time, and Cultural Change New Ideological, Class, and Social Struggles V. Migration, Depression, and World Wars, 1915-1945 15. The Great Migration African Americans and World War I Migration to the North, West, and Midwest Expansion of the Black Industrial Working Class Expansion of the New Black Middle Class 16. Rise of the "New Negro" Legacy of War and Broken Promises "New" Negroes in the Making The Garvey Movement The Harlem Renaissance Civil Rights and Political Struggles 17. The Old Deal Continues The Depression, Unemployment, and Mass Suffering Social Welfare and Relief Policies Coping with a "Raw Deal" 18. Emergence of a New Deal? Leaving the Party of Lincoln Entering the House of Labor The Civil Rights Struggle Cultural Developments 19. World War II African Americans, Military Policy, and Early Responses to War The Jim Crow Armed Forces, Treatment, and Resistance Defense Industries, the MOWM, and the "Double V" Campaign Wartime Housing and Community Conflict VI. Civil Rights, Black Power, and Deindustrialization, 1945-2000 20. The Modern Civil Rights Movement Social Change and Early Postwar Legal Battles Nonviolent Direct Action, the Youth Challenge, and White Resistance Federal Action, Internal Conflicts, and the Limits of Nonviolence 21. The Civil Rights Struggle in the Urban North and West The Fight for Jobs, Housing, and Public Accommodations The Nation of Islam, Malcolm X, and Urban Rebellion Intellectual, Artistic, and Cultural Developments 22. The Black Power Movement Revolutionary Black Nationalism, Antiwar Sentiment, and Repression Crisis of Radicalism, the New Politics, and Black Capitalism The Second Black Renaissance: Cultural and Intellectual Life 23. Redefining the Boundaries of Black Culture and Politics Deindustrialization and Community Fragmentation Opposing the Second Reconstruction Defending the Second Reconstruction Redefining the Boundaries of Black Culture
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