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The Resource My face is black is true : Callie House and the struggle for ex-slave reparations, Mary Frances Berry

My face is black is true : Callie House and the struggle for ex-slave reparations, Mary Frances Berry

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My face is black is true : Callie House and the struggle for ex-slave reparations
Title
My face is black is true
Title remainder
Callie House and the struggle for ex-slave reparations
Statement of responsibility
Mary Frances Berry
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • In her groundbreaking new book, My Face Is Black Is True, historian Mary Frances Berry resurrects the forgotten life of Callie House (1861-1928), ex-slave, widowed Nashville washerwoman and mother of five who, seventy years before the civil rights movement, headed a demand for ex-slave reparations. House was born into slavery in 1861 and sought African-American pensions based on those offered Union soldiers. In a brilliant and daring move, House targeted $68 million in taxes on seized rebel cotton (over $1.2 billion in 2005 dollars) and demanded it as repayment for centuries of unpaid labor
  • Dr. Berry tells how the Justice Department, persuaded by the postmaster general, banned the activities of Callie Houses town organizers, violated her constitutional rights to assembly and to petition Congress, and falsely accused her of mail fraud; the federal officials had the post office open the mail of almost all African-Americans, denying delivery on the smallest pretext. Berry shows how African-American newspapers, most of which preached meekness toward whites, systematically ignored or derided Mrs. Houses movement, which was essentially a poor persons movement. Despite being denied mail service and support from the African-American establishment of the day, Mrs. Houses Ex-Slave Association flourished until she was imprisoned by the Justice Department for violating the postal laws of the United States; suddenly deprived of her spirit, leadership and ferocity, the first national grassroots African-American movement fell apart. Callie House, so long forgotten that her grave has been lost, emerges as a courageous pioneering activist, a forerunner of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr
Award
Booklist Editors' Choice, 2005.
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
156606
Cataloging source
DLC
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Berry, Mary Frances
Dewey number
  • 323/.092
  • B
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • House, Callie
  • African American women political activists
  • Women political activists
  • African Americans
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Callie House and the struggle for ex-slave reparations
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My face is black is true : Callie House and the struggle for ex-slave reparations, Mary Frances Berry
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-295) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiv, 314 pages
Isbn
9781400040032
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2004051330
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • ocm56490889
  • OCoLC
Label
My face is black is true : Callie House and the struggle for ex-slave reparations, Mary Frances Berry
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-295) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiv, 314 pages
Isbn
9781400040032
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2004051330
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • ocm56490889
  • OCoLC

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