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Driven Toward Madness

Author : Nikki M. Taylor
ISBN : 9780821445860
Genre : Social Science
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The story of Margaret Garner—the runaway slave who, when confronted with capture, slit the throat of her toddler daughter rather than have her face a life in slavery—has inspired Toni Morrison’s Beloved, a film based on the novel starring Oprah Winfrey, and an opera. Garner’s story has defied solid historical treatment, and Nikki M. Taylor’s fierce, poetic history of Garner brilliantly captures her circumstances and her transformation from a murdering mother to an icon of tragedy, resistance, and motherhood. As an enslaved woman, Garner left only faint traditional historical footprints: she could not read or write, and she left no diary, letters, or personal papers, obliterating the opportunity to know with certainty what she thought or believed. Although she is one of the few runaway slaves ever to testify at her own hearing, there are no extant official transcripts. Local papers covered it, but summarized her testimony. In the wake of the killing, various factions appropriated her as differing symbols, each with its own audience and purpose (from hero of slave resistance to black bogeyman). A black feminist interpretation of Garner’s life—as an enslaved woman, wife, and mother—offers a more holistic picture of who she truly was and what drove her to kill. Taylor—the first African American woman to write a history of Garner—grounds her work in this interpretation and also melds trauma studies and literary criticism with history to account for shortcomings in the written record. In so doing, she rejects distortions and fictionalized images; probes slavery’s legacies of sexual and physical violence and psychic trauma in new ways; and finally fleshes out a figure who had been rendered an apparition.
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In Essentials Unity

Author : Jenny Bourne
ISBN : 9780821445815
Genre : Social Science
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The Patrons of Husbandry—or the Grange—is the longest-lived US agricultural society and, since its founding shortly after the Civil War, has had immeasurable influence on social change as enacted by ordinary Americans. The Grange sought to relieve the struggles of small farmers by encouraging collaboration. Pathbreaking for its inclusion of women, the Grange is also well known for its association with Gilded Age laws aimed at curbing the monopoly power of railroads. In Essentials, Unity takes as its focus Grange founder Oliver Kelley and his home organization in Minnesota. Jenny Bourne draws upon numerous historical records to present a lively picture of a fraternal organization devoted to improving the lot of farmers but whose legacies extend far beyond agriculture. From struggles over minimum wage, birth control, and environmental regulation to the conflicts surrounding the Affordable Care Act, and from lunch-counter sit-ins to Occupy Wall Street, the Grange has shaped the very notion of collective action and how it is deployed even today. As this compact book so effectively illustrates, the history of the Patrons of Husbandry exposes the classic tension between the desires for achieving overall economic success and determining how the spoils are split.
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Peoples Of The Inland Sea

Author : David Andrew Nichols
ISBN : 9780821446331
Genre : History
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Diverse in their languages and customs, the Native American peoples of the Great Lakes region—the Miamis, Ho-Chunks, Potawatomis, Ojibwas, and many others—shared a tumultuous history. In the colonial era their rich homeland became a target of imperial ambition and an invasion zone for European diseases, technologies, beliefs, and colonists. Yet in the face of these challenges, their nations’ strong bonds of trade, intermarriage, and association grew and extended throughout their watery domain, and strategic relationships and choices allowed them to survive in an era of war, epidemic, and invasion. In Peoples of the Inland Sea, David Andrew Nichols offers a fresh and boundary-crossing history of the Lakes peoples over nearly three centuries of rapid change, from pre-Columbian times through the era of Andrew Jackson’s Removal program. As the people themselves persisted, so did their customs, religions, and control over their destinies, even in the Removal era. In Nichols’s hands, Native, French, American, and English sources combine to tell this important story in a way as imaginative as it is bold. Accessible and creative, Peoples of the Inland Sea is destined to become a classroom staple and a classic in Native American history.
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Author : Toni Morrison
ISBN : 3498043919
Genre : African Americans
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Poetisch, episch und sprachgewaltig erzählt die amerikanische Nobelpreisträgerin vom Zusammenprall der Rassen mit ihren konträren Lebensmustern und Ideologien, von Gewalt, Intoleranz und Unterdrückung.
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Author : Toni Morrison
ISBN : 349922853X
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Gott Hilf Dem Kind

Author : Toni Morrison
ISBN : 9783644000773
Genre : Fiction
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Keine andere Autorin hat über die Jahrzehnte hin den Rassenkonflikt in Amerika so konsequent und leidenschaftlich beschrieben wie die Literaturnobelpreisträgerin Toni Morrison. "Gott, hilf dem Kind" setzt den mit "Jazz" begonnenen Zyklus fort, in dem Morrison die Situation der Schwarzen in den USA beleuchtet. Ein weiterer großer Roman der im Kampf gegen Rassismus engagierten Autorin. Lula Ann ist ein so tiefschwarzes Baby, dass ihre Mutter Sweetness bei der Geburt fast zu Tode erschrickt und der Vater die junge Familie auf der Stelle verlässt, weil er nicht glauben kann, dass dieses Kind von ihm ist. Sweetness erzieht Lula Ann zu Gehorsam und Unterwürfigkeit, nur nicht auffallen, aus Angst vor rassistischen Angriffen. Doch die heranwachsende Tochter sträubt sich gegen die verordnete Angepasstheit. Sie ändert ihren Namen, in Bride, kleidet sich in provokant strahlendes Weiß, macht Karriere bei einer Kosmetikfirma, verliebt sich in einen geheimnisvollen Mann und befreit sich auf ihre Weise von der Vergangenheit. Zwei starke Frauen, zwei verschiedene Lebensentwürfe, in dem Versuch, sich zu schützen und gleichzeitig zu behaupten. Ein Roman, der zur Weltliteratur gehört.
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Aufstieg Und Fall Des Wollspinners William Bellman

Author : Diane Setterfield
ISBN : 9783641137908
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Der neue Roman der Autorin des Bestsellers »Die dreizehnte Geschichte« William Bellman tötet als Kind eine Krähe, um seinen drei besten Freunden zu beweisen, wie gut er mit der Steinschleuder umgehen kann. Am Abend nach der Tat glaubt er, unter dem Baum, auf dem die Krähe saß, einen schwarz gekleideten Jungen zu sehen. Zunächst scheint dies kein schlechtes Omen zu sein: Als Jugendlicher beginnt William in der Wollspinnerei seines Großvaters zu arbeiten, sein Onkel ernennt ihn bald zum Teilhaber, und als die beiden plötzlich sterben, übernimmt William die Spinnerei und macht daraus ein Erfolgsunternehmen. Doch dann häufen sich die mysteriösen Todesfälle in seiner Umgebung, seine Frau und seine Kinder erkranken schwer. Und William begegnet immer wieder einer dunklen Gestalt, die ihm schließlich einen verhängnisvollen Pakt anbietet, um seine Existenz und sein Glück zu retten ... Eine kluge und fesselnde Geschichte, so unheimlich wie »Der Rabe« von Edgar Allan Poe und so parabelhaft wie »Das kalte Herz« von Wilhelm Hauff.
Category: Fiction