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There Is a River: The Black Struggle for Freedom in America
This is the story of the violation of Black Africa and the bondage of its peoples in another land. Harding resurrects forgotten heroes and traces the struggle of their descendants to keep the spirit and dreams of an uprooted people alive.
Paperback, 472 pages
Published January 15th 1993 by Mariner Books
(first published October 1981)
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I chose this book because it was at the top of the #CharlestonSyllabus page (http://aaihs.org/resources/charleston...), and I recognized the author's name as being the Mennonite pastor who helped Martin Luther King Jr. write his anti-Vietnam speech. Turns out that Vincent Harding was not only all those things but also a historian and an excellent writer. Given that this book wades through a significant amount of American history, beginning with the start of the transatlantic slave trade and cont ...more
Wow. Amazing! Harding's book is the harrowing story of the Black freedom struggle from the beginnings of slavery through to Reconstruction. The figure of the river of struggle allows him to reveal not just the main "crests" of the struggle - the Conventions, underground railroad, agitators like Douglass and Delany - but also its "undercurrents" - the clandestine religious and literacy meetings in the deep South, personal acts of rebellion here and there, and the myriad passions and contradiction ...more