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A Nation under Our Feet

Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration

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$32.00 • £27.95 • €29.95

ISBN 9780674017658

Publication Date: 04/30/2005


624 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

18 halftones

Belknap Press


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  • Prologue: Looking Out from Slavery
  • Part I: “The Jacobins of the Country”
    • 1. Of Chains and Threads
    • 2. “The Choked Voice of a Race at Last Unloosed”
    • 3. Of Rumors and Revelations
  • Part II: To Build a New Jerusalem
    • 4. Reconstructing the Body Politic
    • 5. “A Society Turned Bottomside Up”
    • 6. Of Paramilitary Politics
  • Part III: The Unvanquished
    • 7. The Education of Henry Adams
    • 8. Of Ballots and Biracialism
    • 9. The Valley and the Shadows
  • Epilogue: “Up, You Mighty Race”
  • Appendix: Black Leaders Data Set
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

Awards & Accolades

  • 2004 Bancroft Prize, Columbia University
  • Honorable Mention, 2004 Mark Lynton History Prize, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University
  • A Choice Outstanding Academic Title of 2005

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