Black Boston: African American Life and Culture in Urban America, 1750-1860, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Black Boston

African American Life and Culture in Urban America, 1750-1860, 1st Edition

By George A. Levesque


538 pages

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Between the Revolution and the Civil War, non-slave black Americans existed in the no-man’s land between slavery and freedom. The two generations defined by these two titanic struggles for national survival saw black Bostonians struggle to make real the quintessential values of individual freedom and equality promised by the Revolution. Levesque’s richly detailed study fills a significant void in our understanding of the formative years of black life in urban America. Black culture Levesque argues was both more and less than separation and integration. Poised between an occasionally benevolent, sometimes hostile, frequently indifferent white world and their own community, black Americans were, in effect, suspended between two cultures.

Table of Contents

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Part I: The Social Composition

1. "They Cannot Thrive Among Us"

2. "Sustained Very Evidently by Means of Emigration

Part II: The Color Line

3. "Is Boston Anti-Slavery?"

4. "Complexional Distinctions"

5. "The Cause of Equal School Privileges"

6. "That Separate Schools May Be Abolished"

7. "Privileges and Immunities of Citizens"

Part III: Life in the Ghetto

8. "Colored Churches. Is There Any Necessity for Their Existence?"

9. "Colored People Assuming A Position Independent of Their Pale-Face Brethren"

Part IV: Pathology of the Ghetto

10. "Crime is Not All Owing to One Cause"

11. "No Other Class Struggles for a Livelihood Under So Many Disadvantages"

12. "Facts of a Deeply Deadly Nature"






About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Urban History

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1938 and 1983, draw together research by leading academics on William Gladstone and Benjamin Disraeli, and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volumes examine the historical, political and philosophical, whilst also exploring their work with other political figures such as Paul Kruger. This set will be of interest to students of history and politics respectively.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General