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Revolutions and Reconstructions: Black Politics in the Long Nineteenth Century ed. by Van Gosse and David Waldstreicher (review)

Revolutions and Reconstructions: Black Politics in the Long Nineteenth Century ed. by Van Gosse... Revolutions and Reconstructions: Black Politics in the Long Nineteenth Century. Edited by Van Gosse and David Waldstreicher. (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020. Pp. 384. Cloth, $55.00.) The rich collection of essays in Revolutions and Reconstructions brings together scholars of the Early Republic, the Civil War era, and African American life to reconceptualize Black political activism in the period between the Revolutionary and Reconstruction eras. Arguing that revolu- tion, emancipation, and Reconstruction were interrelated processes, the editors open up a new vista through which historians will analyze these historical periods and Black political resistance. This volume refutes the idea that Black politics began during the Reconstruction period and instead underscores the myriad ways in which Black politics existed before Reconstruction. Early scholars of Black his- tory, such as Charles Wesley and John Hope Franklin, were among the first to explore this topic. Benjamin Quarles’s groundbreaking Black Abolitionists (1969) further heralded new insights on antebellum Black politics. Revolutions and Reconstructions seeks to go beyond antebellum Black politics by recognizing the ways in which “slave politics” and “cul- tural politics” operated in tandem with “movement politics.” The editors define slave politics as politics “available to the unfree, those barred from any http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

Revolutions and Reconstructions: Black Politics in the Long Nineteenth Century ed. by Van Gosse and David Waldstreicher (review)

The Journal of the Civil War Era , Volume 12 (1) – Feb 15, 2022

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Revolutions and Reconstructions: Black Politics in the Long Nineteenth Century. Edited by Van Gosse and David Waldstreicher. (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020. Pp. 384. Cloth, $55.00.) The rich collection of essays in Revolutions and Reconstructions brings together scholars of the Early Republic, the Civil War era, and African American life to reconceptualize Black political activism in the period between the Revolutionary and Reconstruction eras. Arguing that revolu- tion, emancipation, and Reconstruction were interrelated processes, the editors open up a new vista through which historians will analyze these historical periods and Black political resistance. This volume refutes the idea that Black politics began during the Reconstruction period and instead underscores the myriad ways in which Black politics existed before Reconstruction. Early scholars of Black his- tory, such as Charles Wesley and John Hope Franklin, were among the first to explore this topic. Benjamin Quarles’s groundbreaking Black Abolitionists (1969) further heralded new insights on antebellum Black politics. Revolutions and Reconstructions seeks to go beyond antebellum Black politics by recognizing the ways in which “slave politics” and “cul- tural politics” operated in tandem with “movement politics.” The editors define slave politics as politics “available to the unfree, those barred from any

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The Journal of the Civil War EraUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Feb 15, 2022

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