The Colored Conventions Movement: Black Organizing in the Nineteenth Century (Paperback)

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The Colored Conventions Movement: Black Organizing in the Nineteenth Century By P. Gabrielle Foreman (Editor), Jim Casey (Editor), Sarah Lynn Patterson (Editor) Cover Image
By P. Gabrielle Foreman (Editor), Jim Casey (Editor), Sarah Lynn Patterson (Editor)
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This volume of essays is the first to focus on the Colored Conventions movement, the nineteenth century's longest campaign for Black civil rights. Well before the founding of the NAACP and other twentieth-century pillars of the civil rights movement, tens of thousands of Black leaders organized state and national conventions across North America. Over seven decades, they advocated for social justice and against slavery, protesting state-sanctioned and mob violence while demanding voting, legal, labor, and educational rights. While Black-led activism in this era is often overshadowed by the attention paid to the abolition movement, this collection centers Black activist networks, influence, and institution building. Collectively, these essays highlight the vital role of the Colored Conventions in the lives of thousands of early organizers, including many of the most famous writers, ministers, politicians, and entrepreneurs in the long history of Black activism.

Contributors: Erica L. Ball, Kabria Baumgartner, Daina Ramey Berry, Joan L. Bryant, Jim Casey, Benjamin Fagan, P. Gabrielle Foreman, Eric Gardner, Andre E. Johnson, Cheryl Janifer LaRoche, Sarah Lynn Patterson, Carla L. Peterson, Jean Pfaelzer, Selena R. Sanderfer, Derrick R. Spires, Jermaine Thibodeaux, Psyche Williams-Forson, and Jewon Woo.

Explore accompanying exhibits and historical records at The Colored Conventions Project website: https: //

About the Author

P. Gabrielle Foreman is the Paterno Chair of Liberal Arts and professor of English, African American studies, and History at the Pennsylvania State University. Jim Casey is assistant professor of African American studies, history, and English at the Pennsylvania State University. Sarah Lynn Patterson is assistant professor of African American literature and culture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781469654263
ISBN-10: 1469654261
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication Date: March 22nd, 2021
Pages: 392
Language: English