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A useful book that draws attention to an important African-American community.

"Times Literary Supplement"

Hodges's narrative proves exceptionally strong in the arenas of religion and rebellion.

"Journal of the Early Republic"

A thoroughly researched and compelling picture of African Americans in New York and East Jersey.

"American Historical Review"

Hodges eloquently refutes the notion that northern slavery was more benign than its southern or Caribbean counterparts.

"Journal of American History"

Hodges's work clearly deserves the attention of all who study African Americans in the mid-Atlantic area.

"Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography"

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Hodges's praiseworthy effort displays the rich source material and potential in the story of black New York generations before Harlem's rise. His efforts to connect his findings to recent scholarship on slavery and black identity and cultural development further suggest the capacity black New York's story holds to clarify both traditional and alternative paradigms for the contested meaning of slavery, African-American community formation, and race relations.--William and Mary Quarterly



Hodges eloquently refutes the notion that northern slavery was more benign than its southern or Caribbean counterparts. . . . A superb work of scholarship. Hodges has mined a truly impressive range of materials to create a compelling account of the contours of black life in a region that historians of slavery have generally chosen to ignore.--Journal of American History



Hodges has taken on the commendable and consuming task of writing the history of black New York from its colonial beginnings in 1613 through the tumultuous early years of the Civil War. . . . Hodges has contributed tremendously not only to the historiography of African-American life, but also to the narratives of colonial, early American, and antebellum history.--Journal of the Early Republic



This well-crafted and thoughtful work is a splendid addition to the literature on African societies in North America from first arrivals through the triumph of the abolition movement.--Wilson J. Moses, Pennsylvania State University



Root & Branch sheds tremendous light upon African-American community formation in the urban North. . . . Hodges has managed to paint a complete and complex picture of the transition from slavery to freedom made by African Americans. Hodges's narrative proves exceptionally strong in the arenas of religion and rebellion.--Journal of the Early Republic



Provides the first comprehensive account of New York City blacks. . . . [This] sweeping history is filled with information and thoughtful analysis.--Choice



A thoroughly researched and compelling picture of African Americans in New York and East Jersey forging a distinctive, syncretic culture that served as the engine of their struggle for freedom.--American Historical Review



In this compelling and provocative book, Graham Hodges asks us to look at the early history of African Americans in the New York region with fresh eyes. . . . Hodges's work clearly deserves the attention of all who study African Americans in the mid-Atlantic area. This compact overview of the struggles of the founding generations of New York's large and influential black community offers the mature reflections of a scholar who has spent many years recovering the stories of a people who indelibly shaped the region's history.--Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography



Hodges not only redirects attention to New York and East Jersey, a region of intensive slavery and significant African-American presence, but also extends the chronological scope of inquiry by starting in the early seventeenth century. . . . His discussion of African-Americans in the era of the American Revolution is particularly valuable, for it reveals how the potential for African-American freedom at the end of slavery was circumscribed. . . . A useful book that draws attention to an important African-American community.--Times Literary Supplement

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Product Details

  • Series: The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture
  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press (October 4, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080784778X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807847787
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,222,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Marilyn Wise on December 21, 2011
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Hodges has done an excellent job of destroying the myth of "happy slaves" in the North. The slave system in the North was just as awful as in the South, and had devastating effects on the social and family lives of the slaves. They reacted by rioting, attacking their owners, and filing numerous lawsuits to get out of slavery. Highly recommended.
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Everyone should get this book and read it.
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