Exodusters: Black Migration to Kansas After Reconstruction (Paperback)

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Exodusters: Black Migration to Kansas After Reconstruction (Paperback)

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"The first full-length scholarly study of this migration and of the forces that produced it."—David H. Donald, New York Times Book Review


The first major migration to the North of ex-slaves.
Nell Irvin Painter is the award-winning author of many books, including Standing at Armageddon and The History of White People. She is the Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, at Princeton University and lives in East Orange, New Jersey, and the Adirondacks.
Product Details ISBN: 9780393009514
ISBN-10: 0393009513
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: May 17th, 1992
Pages: 318
Language: English
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

In 1879, fourteen years after the Emancipation Proclamation, thousands of blacks fled the South. They were headed for the homesteading lands of Kansas, the 'Garden Spot of the Earth' and the 'quintessential Free State, the land of John Brown'.…Painter examines their exodus in fascinating detail. In the process, she offers a compelling portrait of the post-Reconstruction South and the desperate efforts by blacks and whites in that chaotic period to 'solve the race problem' once and for all.
— Newsweek