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Exodusters: Black Migration to Kansas After Reconstruction Paperback – May 17, 1992
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“What makes this book so important is . . . [that it] is the first full-length scholarly study of this migration and of the forces that produced it. . . . Most previous students have focused on nationally recognized black leaders; [Painter] calls for attention to the black masses.” (David H. Donald - New York Times Book Review)
“A genuine folk movement, the Exoduster migration has . . . been undeservedly ignored. Nell Irvin Painter has produced a book which rescues the Exodusters from obscurity and demonstrates her considerable talents as a researcher and writer.” (American Historical Review)
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The Exoduster movement involved the movement of approximately 6,000 southern blacks from the South to Kansas starting around 1876 and peaking in 1879. It was a reaction to the terrorism used by the planter class and the white authorities of that time to keep the blacks in their place politically and economically. The fact that blacks outnumbered the white planter class and their minions in parts of the South meant that "appropriate methods" needed to be used by these same people to prevent the black populace from voting.
A story worth telling and well told by the author. It is a well documented and footnoted book. The book pays homage to the courageous spirit of the Exodusters, but also provides a reality check against those that would have us conveniently forget terrible injustices in our history.
Something to remember as we go forward in our grand national adventures in this year of our Lord, 2007.
Stylistically, Painter has the odd habit of taking end paragraphs to both sum up the previous chapter and introduce the next chapter. It breaks the flow of the book and makes it difficult to read. Also at times, Painter seems to be saying too much too fast. Some of her ideas, the study of black schools and the racial politics that controlled them, and the lineage of the black spiritual/political leaders for example, are books in themselves.Read more ›
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I recently aquired an internship in Kansas working at a historic site in Nicodemus, and this book has helped so much! Great read, and great story about these American Pioneers! Read morePublished on May 14, 2013 by Scott Karl
I highly recommend this book to history buffs. I give this book a 4 star. The real reason for Black folks migrating to Kansas was being murdered and terrorized by the white... Read morePublished on January 16, 2010 by Big Sistah Patty