Jim Crow New York: A Documentary History of Race and Citizenship, 1777-1877 by David QuigleyJim Crow New York: A Documentary History of Race and Citizenship, 1777-1877 by David Quigley

Jim Crow New York: A Documentary History of Race and Citizenship, 1777-1877

byDavid QuigleyEditorDavid Gellman

Hardcover | June 1, 2003

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In 1821, New York’s political leaders met for over two months to rewrite the state’s constitution. The new document secured the right to vote for the great mass of white men while denying all but the wealthiest African-American men access to the polls.

Jim Crow New York introduces students and scholars alike to this watershed event in American political life. This action crystallized the paradoxes of free black citizenship, not only in the North but throughout the nation: African Americans living in New York would no longer be slaves. But would they be citizens?

Jim Crow New York provides readers with both scholarly analysis and access to a series of extraordinary documents, including extensive excerpts from the resonant speeches made at New York’s 1821 constitutional convention and additional documents which recover a diversity of voices, from lawmakers to African-American community leaders, from newspaper editors to activists. The text is further enhanced by extensive introductory essays and headnotes, maps, illustrations, and a detailed bibliographic essay.

Title:Jim Crow New York: A Documentary History of Race and Citizenship, 1777-1877Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.08 inPublished:June 1, 2003Publisher:NYU PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:081473149X

ISBN - 13:9780814731499

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“The documents (the editors) have assembled give us many voices, both white and black. Among whites there are pioneers, men of very good will and demagogues worthy of Jim Crow Mississippi. The black voices they present are not the predictable Frederick Douglass and, perhaps, Henry Highland Garnet. Without asserting the point, they demonstrate that many black people were trying to speak for themselves.”-Slavery and Abolition,