The African-american Odyssey, Volume 1 by Darlene Clark HineThe African-american Odyssey, Volume 1 by Darlene Clark Hine

The African-american Odyssey, Volume 1

byDarlene Clark Hine, William C. Hine, Stanley C. Harrold

Paperback | August 17, 2013

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A compelling story of agency, survival, struggle and triumph over adversity


More than any other text, The African-American Odyssey illuminates the central place of African-Americans in U.S. history by telling the story of what it has meant to be black in America and how African-American history is inseparably woven into the greater context of American history. From Africa to the 21st century, this book follows the long and turbulent journey of African-Americans, the rich culture they have nurtured throughout their history and the quest for freedom through which African-Americans have sought to counter oppression and racism. This text also recognizes the diversity within the African-American sphere, providing coverage of class and gender and balancing the lives of ordinary men and women with accounts of black leaders and the impact each has had on the struggle for freedom.


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Darlene Clark Hine is a Board of Trustees professor of African-American studies and professor of history at Northwestern University. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a former president of the Organization of American Historians and of the Southern Historical Association. Hine received her B.A. at Roosev...
Title:The African-american Odyssey, Volume 1Format:PaperbackDimensions:408 pages, 10.8 × 9 × 0.8 inPublished:August 17, 2013Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0205947042

ISBN - 13:9780205947041


Table of Contents

In this Section:

1) Brief Table of Contents

2) Full Table of Contents


1) Brief Table of Contents


1. Africa ca. 6000 BCE-ca. 1600 CE

2.  Middle Passage ca. 1450-1809

3. Black People in Colonial North America 1526-1763
4.  Rising Expectations:  African Americans and the Struggle for Independence  1763-1783 

5. African Americans in the New Nation 1783-1820 

6.  Life in the Cotton Kingdom 1793-1861 

7.  Free Black People in Antebellum America
8. Opposition to Slavery  1780-1833 

9.  Let Your Motto Be Resistance 1833-1850

10.  “And Black People Were at the Heart of It” 1846-1861

11.  Liberation:  African Americans and the Civil War  1861-1865

12.  The Meaning of Freedom: The Promise of Reconstruction 1865-1868

13.  The Meaning of Freedom:  The Failure of Reconstruction  1868-1877

 2) Full Table of Contents


1. A frica ca. 6000 BCE -ca. 1600 CE

A Huge and Diverse Land

The Birthplace of Humanity

Ancient Civilizations and Old Arguments

West Africa

Kongo and Angola

West African Society and Culture



2.  M iddle Passage ca. 1450-1809

The European Age of Exploration and Colonization

The Slave Trade in Africa

The Origins of the Atlantic Slave Trade

Growth Of the Atlantic Slave Trade

The African-American Ordeal from Capture to Destination

African Women on Slave Ships


The End Of the Journey: Masters and Slaves in the Americas

The Ending of the Atlantic Slave Trade



3. B lack People in Colonial North America 1526-1763

The Peoples of North America

Black Servitude in the Chesapeake

Plantation Slavery, 1700–1750

Slave Life in Early America

Miscegenation and Creolization

The Origins of African-American Culture

Slavery in the Northern Colonies

Slavery in Spanish Florida and French Louisiana

African Americans in New Spain’s Northern Borderlands

Black Women in Colonial America

Black Resistance and Rebellion


4.  R ising Expectations:  A frican Americans and the Struggle for Independence  1763-1783

The Crisis of the British Empire

The Declaration of Independence and African Americans

The Black Enlightenment

African Americans in the War for Independence

The Revolution and Emancipation



5. A frican Americans in the New Nation 1783-1820

Forces for Freedom

Forces for Slavery

The Emergence of Free Black Communities

Black Leaders and Choices

The War of 1812

The Missouri Compromise



6.  L ife in the Cotton Kingdom 1793-1861

The Expansion of Slavery

Slave Labor in Agriculture

House Servants and Skilled Slaves

Urban and Industrial Slavery


The Domestic Slave Trade

Slave Families

The Socialization of Slaves


The Character of Slavery and Slaves



7.  F ree Black People in Antebellum America

Demographics of Freedom

The Jacksonian Era

Limited Freedom in the North

Black Communities in the Urban North

African-American Institutions

Free African Americans in the Upper South

Free African Americans in the Deep South

Free African Americans in the Far West



8. O pposition to Slavery  1780-1833

Antislavery Begins in America

The Path toward a More Radical Antislavery Movement

Black Abolitionist Women

The Baltimore Alliance

David Walker and Nat Turner



9.  L et Your Motto Be Resistance 1833-1850

A Rising Tide of Racism and Violence

The Antislavery Movement

Black Community Support

The American and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society and the Liberty Party
A More Aggressive Abolitionism

Black Militancy

Frederick Douglass

Revival of Black Nationalism



10.  “And Black People Were at the Heart of It” 1846-1861

The Lure of the West

Fugitive Slaves

The Rochester Convention, 1853

Nativism and the Know-Nothings
The Kansas-Nebraska Act

Preston Brooks Attacks Charles Sumner

The Dred Scott Decision

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates

Abraham Lincoln and Black People

John Brown and the Raid on Harpers Ferry

The Election of Abraham Lincoln




11.  L iberation:  A frican Americans and the Civil War  1861-1865

Lincoln’s Aims

Black Men Volunteer and are Rejected

Union Policies toward Confederate Slaves

The Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation

The Emancipation Proclamation

Black Men Fight for the Union

The Confederate Reaction to Black Soldiers

Black Men in the Union Navy

Liberators, Spies, and Guides

Violent Opposition to Black People


Black People and the Confederacy



12.  T he Meaning of Freedom: T he Promise of Reconstruction 1865-1868

The End Of Slavery


The Freedmen’s Bureau

The Black Church



The Crusade for Political and Civil Rights

Presidential Reconstruction under Andrew Johnson

Black Codes

Black Conventions

The Radical Republicans

The Fourteenth Amendment

Radical Reconstruction

The Reaction of White Southerners



13.  T he Meaning of Freedom:  T he Failure of Reconstruction  1868-1877

Constitutional Conventions

The Issues

Economic Issues

Black Politicians: An Evaluation

Republican Factionalism


The Ku Klux Klan

The West

The Fifteenth Amendment

The Enforcement Acts

The North and Reconstruction

The Freedmen’s Bank

The Civil Rights Act of 1875

The End of Reconstruction