History of the Byzantine State

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Rutgers University Press, 1969 - History - 624 pages
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Adapting a verse from the Epistle of James --"doers of the word"-- nineteenth-century black women activists Sojourner Truth, Jarena Lee, and Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, among others, travelled throughout the Northeastern, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwestern regions of the United States. They preached, lectured, and wrote on issues of religious evangelicism, abolition, racial uplift, moral reform, temperance, and women's rights, thereby defining themselves as public intellectuals. 

In situating these women within the emerging African-American urban communities of the free North, Doers of the Word provides an important counterweight to the vast scholarship on Southern slavery and argues that black "Civil Rights movements" cannot be seen as a purely modern phenomenon. In particular, the book examines the ways in which this Northern black population, despite its heterogeneity, came together and established social organizations that would facilitate community empowerment; yet Peterson's analysis also acknowledges, and seeks to explain, the highly complex relationship of black women to these institutions, a relationship that rendered their stance as public intellectuals all the more bold and defiant.

Peterson begins her study in the 1830s, when a substantial body of oratory and writing by black women first emerged, and traces the development of this writing through the shifting political climate up to the end of Reconstruction. She builds her analyses upon Foucault's interdisciplinary model of discourse with an explicitly feminist approach, drawing upon sermons, spiritual autobiographies, travel and slave narratives, journalism, essays, poetry, speeches, and fiction. From these, Peterson is able to answer several key questions. First, what empowered these women to act, to speak out, and to write? Why, and in what ways, were they marginalized within both the African-American and larger American communities? Where did they act, speak, and write from?
  

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User Review  - sologdin - Goodreads

Very metal. Comprehensive, sober scholarship. Includes survey of documentary evidence underlying each section. Paperback is missing all of the maps in the hardback. Perfect otherwise. runs from ... Read full review

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Contents

INTRODUCTION The Development of Byzantine Studies
1
ITS DEVELOPMENT
22
THE STRUGGLE FOR EXISTENCE AND THE REVIVAL
87
THE AGE OF THE ICONOCLAST CRISIS 711843
147
CHAP PAGE
175
THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE BYZANTINE EMPIRE 843102 5
210
GOVERNMENT BY THE CIVIL ARISTOCRACY OF
316
THE RULE OF THE MILITARY ARiSTOCRACY1o811204
351
CHAF PAGE
418
THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE BYZANTINE EMPIRE
466
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