Root and Branch: African Americans in New York and East Jersey, 1613-1863 (Paperback)

Root and Branch: African Americans in New York and East Jersey, 1613-1863 By Graham Russell Gao Hodges Cover Image
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In this remarkable book, Graham Hodges presents a comprehensive history of African Americans in New York City and its rural environs from the arrival of the first African--a sailor marooned on Manhattan Island in 1613--to the bloody Draft Riots of 1863. Throughout, he explores the intertwined themes of freedom and servitude, city and countryside, and work, religion, and resistance that shaped black life in the region through two and a half centuries.

Hodges chronicles the lives of the first free black settlers in the Dutch-ruled city, the gradual slide into enslavement after the British takeover, the fierce era of slavery, and the painfully slow process of emancipation. He pays particular attention to the black religious experience in all its complexity and to the vibrant slave culture that was shaped on the streets and in the taverns. Together, Hodges shows, these two potent forces helped fuel the long and arduous pilgrimage to liberty.

About the Author

Graham Russell Hodges is professor of early American history at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. His books include "New York City Cartmen, 1667-1850" and "Slavery and Freedom in the Rural North: African Americans in Monmouth County, New Jersey, 1660-1860."
Product Details
ISBN: 9780807847787
ISBN-10: 080784778X
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication Date: October 4th, 1999
Pages: 424
Language: English
Series: John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture (Paperback)