A Question of Manhood, Volume 1

A Question of Manhood, Volume 1

A Reader in U.S. Black Men’s History and Masculinity, "Manhood Rights": The Construction of Black Male History and Manhood, 1750-1870
Edited by Earnestine L. Jenkins and Darlene Clark Hine
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 10/22/1999
Format: Paperback 1 figures
ISBN: 978-0-253-21343-3
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Each of these essays illuminates an important dimension of the complex array of Black male experiences as workers, artists, warriors, and leaders. The essays describe the expectations and demands to struggle, to resist, and facilitate the survival of African American culture and community. Black manhood was shaped not only in relation to Black womanhood, but was variously nurtured and challenged, honed and transformed against a backdrop of white male power and domination, and the relentless expectations and demands on them to struggle, resist, and to facilitate the survival of African-American culture and community.

Author Bio

Darlene Clark Hine is John A. Hannah Professor of History at Michigan State University. She is co-editor of More than Chattel: Black Women and Slavery in the Americas, co- author of A Shining Thread of Hope: The History of Black Women in America, and author of Hine Sight: Black Women and the Reconstruction of American History.

Earnestine Jenkins is Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at the University of Memphis. She has published articles that have appeared in numerous books and journals, including Milestones in Black American History, and Aspects of Ethiopian Art.


“A Question of Manhood is the first anthology of historical studies focused on themes and issues central to the construction of Black masculinities. The editors identified these essays from among several hundred articles published in recent years in leading American history journals and academic periodicals.”

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Table of Contents


Introduction / Earnestine Jenkins and Darlene Clark Hine

Part One: Constructing Citizenship: The Evolution of Black Male Leadership
1. "Your Old Father Abe Lincoln is Dead and Damned": Black Soldiers and the Memphis Race Riot after 1866 / Kevin Hardwick
2. Black Politicians in Reconstruction Charleston, South Caroline: A Collective Study / William Hine
3. The Freedman's Bureau and Local Black Leadership / Richard Lowe
4. For Justice and a Fee: James Milton Turner and the Cherokee Freedmen / Gary Kremer

Part Two: "To Own Our Own Labor": Black Men, Economic Self-Sufficiency, and Working Class Consciousness
5. Black Policemen in New Orleans during Reconstruction / Dennis Rousey
6. Negro Labor in the Western Cattle Industry, 1866-1900 / Kenneth W. Porter
7. The Politics of Black Land Tenure, 1877-1915 / Manning Marable
8. "Like Banquo's Ghost, It Will Not Down": The Race Question and the American Railroad Brotherhoods, 1880-1920 / Eric Arnesen
9. A Constant Struggle between Interest and Humanity: Convict Labor in the Coal Mines of the Old South / Alex Lichtenstein

Part Three: Black Men, the Professions, and Fraternal Organizations
10. A High and Honorable Calling: Black Lawyers in South Caroline, 1868-1915 / R. J. Oldfield
11. Entering a White Profession: Black Physicians in the New South, 1880-1920 / Todd Savitt
12. The Courtship Letters of an African American Couple: Race, Gender, Class, and the Cult of True Womanhood / Vicki Howard
13. The African Derivation of Black Fraternal Orders in the United States / Betty Kuyk

Part Four: Proving Black Manhood: The Allure of Sport and the Military in the Late 19th Century
14. "Peter Jackson and the Elusive Heavyweight Championship": A Black Athlete's Struggle against the Late Nineteenth Century Color Line / David K. Wiggins
15. The Black Bicycle Corps / Marvin Fletcher
16. African Americans and the