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Grassroots Garveyism: The Universal Negro Improvement Association in the Rural South, 1920-1927 - The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture (Paperback)
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Grassroots Garveyism: The Universal Negro Improvement Association in the Rural South, 1920-1927 - The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages / Published: 28/02/2007
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The black separatist movement led by Marcus Garvey has long been viewed as a phenomenon of African American organization in the urban North. But as Mary Rolinson demonstrates, the largest number of Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) divisions and Garvey's most devoted and loyal followers were found in the southern Black Belt. Rolinson remaps the movement to include this vital but overlooked region. Rolinson shows how Garvey's southern constituency sprang from cities, countryside churches, and sharecropper cabins. Southern Garveyites adopted pertinent elements of the movement's ideology and developed strategies for community self-defense and self-determination. These southern African Americans maintained a spiritual attachment to their African identities and developed a fiercely racial nationalism, building on the rhetoric and experiences of black organizers from the nineteenth-century South. Garveyism provided a common bond during the upheaval of the Great Migration, Rolinson contends, and even after the UNIA had all but disappeared in the South in the 1930s, the movement's tenets of race organization, unity, and pride continued to flourish in other forms of black protest for generations.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807857953
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 426 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 19 mm
Edition: New edition


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Offers fascinating glimpses into heretofore hidden corners of the Universal Negro Improvement Association. . . . A welcome addition to the Garvey literature.--American Historical Review


Technically solid, with clear writing and organization, and would be ideal for classroom use with undergraduates. . . . Nicely balances more general social history with well-timed accounts from inside and outside the UNIA.--Historian


Recommended.--CHOICE


Not only shines much needed light on an overlooked segment of Garveyites but also illuminates the interior lives of rural black Southerners. . . . A welcome addition to the scholarship of Garveyism.--Arkansas Historical Quarterly


Makes valuable contributions to our understanding of the Garvey movement and black Southern life, bringing gender analysis to bear on these topics in new and productive ways.--Journal of American Studies


Should be required reading for anyone interested in African-American or southern history in the twentieth century. . . . A valuable study of a neglected aspect of the Garvey movement.--Georgia Historical Quarterly


In addition to providing a new angle to the historiography on Marcus Garvey, Rolinsons's monograph contributes another link in the black freedom struggle.--North Carolina Historical Review


A brilliant, compelling, and completely convincing revision of the meaning of Garveyism as a whole.--Church History

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