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Reluctant Race Men

Nonfiction: Social Sciences
Unabridged   14 hour(s)
Publication date: 04/30/2024

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Reluctant Race Men

Black Challenges to the Practice of Race in Nineteenth-Century America

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Reluctant Race Men traces a history of the disparate challenges nineteenth-century Black American reformers lodged against the concept of race.

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Activists in the earliest Black antebellum reform endeavors contested and deprecated the concept of race. Attacks on the logic and ethics of dividing, grouping, and ranking humans into races became commonplace facets of activism in anti-colonization and emigration campaigns, suffrage and civil rights initiatives, moral reform projects, abolitionist struggles, independent church development, and confrontations with scientific thought on human origins. Denunciations persisted even as later generations of reformers felt compelled by theories of progress and American custom to promote race as a basis of a Black collective consciousness.

Reluctant Race Men traces a history of the disparate challenges Black American reformers lodged against race across the long nineteenth century. It factors their opposition into the nation's history of race and reconstructs a reform tradition largely ignored in accounts of Black activism. Black-controlled newspapers, societies, churches, and conventions provided the principal loci and resources for questioning race. In these contexts, people of African descent generated a lexicon for refuting race, debated its logic, and, ultimately, reinterpreted it.

Author Bio

Joan L. Bryant is associate professor of African American studies at Syracuse University.