A Nation Within a Nation (Google eBook)

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Government Institutes, Apr 16, 2011 - History - 232 pages
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John Ernest offers a comprehensive survey of the broad-ranging and influential African American organizations and networks formed in the North in the late eighteenth century through the end of the Civil War. He examines fraternal organizations, churches, conventions, mutual aid benefit and literary societies, educational organizations, newspapers, and magazines. Ernest argues these organizations demonstrate how African Americans self-definition was not solely determined by slavery as they tried to create organizations in the hope of creating a community.

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A Nation Within a Nation: Organizing African-American Communities Before the Civil War

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Ernest focuses on the decades from the late 18th century up to the Civil War in the North. He examines the powers of African American organizations and networks, showing the context beyond slavery through which blacks found self-definition. Read full review


Organizing Communities
Chapter 2 Mutual Interest Mutual Benefit Mutual Relief
Chapter 3 Plain and Simple Gospel
Chapter 4 The United Wisdom of the World
Chapter 5 The Collected Wisdom of Our People
Chapter 6 Breaking The Chains of Ignorance
Chapter 8 Postscript
A Note on Sources
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John Ernest is Eberly Family Distinguished Professor of American Literature at West Virginia University. In addition to several editions of nineteenth-century African American texts, he has published three books, Resistance and Reformation in Nineteenth-Century African-American Literature: Brown, Wilson, Jacobs, Delany, Douglass, and Harper, Liberation Historiography: African American Writers and the Challenge of History, 1794–1861, and Chaotic Justice: Rethinking African American Literary History.

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