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Black Boston African American Life and Culture in Urban America, 1750-1860

By George Levesque Copyright 1994
    558 Pages
    by Routledge

    558 Pages
    by Routledge

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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.

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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"







    Levesque, George