By Darlene Clark Hine, Earnestine L. Jenkins
A question of Manhood: A Reader in Black Men's background and Masculinity, is the 1st anthology of ancient stories enthusiastic about subject matters and concerns primary to the development of Black masculinities. The editors pointed out those essays from between numerous hundred articles released in recent times in best American background journals and educational periodicals. quantity II alternatives up the place quantity I left off, carrying on with to target gender via reading the lives of African American males within the tumultuous interval following the Civil conflict throughout the finish of the 19th century. The writings incorporated in quantity conceal topics within the lives of black males that contact on management, paintings and the professions, relations and neighborhood, activities and the army, and similar to black males within the higher society.
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28 Many white observers perceived dances (and other social events at which independent black community was prominent) as disorderly, and both the civil and military authorities attempted to regulate them. Dances were the occasions of violence and confrontation between blacks and the white “Your Old Father Abe Lincoln Is Dead and Damned” 25 community. In late September 1865, Brigadier General John E. Smith barred all further black dances. ” Smith’s policy was apparently less than successful, since Brigadier General Benjamin P.
A subsequent investigation of the situation in Memphis revealed that Dudley and his officers had indeed been bribed to supply planters with the black laborers picked up by their patrols, and that many blacks were bound over to planters by force. 22 Union officers far more scrupulous than General Dudley were troubled by the large number of freedmen who appeared to have little to no regular work. General Davis Tillson, who served as head of the Freedmen’s Bureau in Memphis in the summer of 1865, also attempted to induce the Memphis freedmen to accept labor contracts on the surrounding plantations.
4 Nor was the riot a spontaneous eruption of racial hatred. The contempt that many whites maintained for blacks, after all, was pervasive both before and after the riot. Racism cannot in itself explain the violence. To understand what happened in Memphis during the first three days of May 1866, the events of the riot must be placed within the local context of Memphis and its particular history as a center for the recruitment and administration of black military units. Black soldiers, whose uniform conferred upon them the authority of the victorious Union army, occupied a particularly strategic and powerful position within the larger community of black people living in Memphis, and were prominent in the efforts of the former slaves to redefine their position within southern society.
A Question of Manhood: A Reader in U.S. Black Men's History and Masculinity, Vol. 2: The 19th Century: From Emancipation to Jim Crow (Blacks in the Diaspora) by Darlene Clark Hine, Earnestine L. Jenkins