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African American Connecticut Explored
Elizabeth J. Normen, ed.; Katherine J. Harris, contrib.; Stacey K. Close, contrib.; Wm. Frank Mitchell, contrib.; Olivia White, intro.

Wesleyan University Press



Contents

Publisher’s Statement
• Preface
• Historiographical Notes, by Katherine Harris
• Introduction, by Elizabeth J. Normen and Olivia White
• PART 1: Settlement to 1789
• Freedom and Slavery, by Katherine J. Harris
• Venture Smith, from Slavery to Freedom, by John Wood Sweet
• Caesar and Lois Peters, by Peter Hinks
• Fortune’s Story, by Ann Y. Smith
• Revolutionary War Service, Path to Freedom, by David O. White
• In Remembrance of Their Kings of Guinea: The Black Governors and the Negro Election, 1749 to 1780, by Katherine Harris
• Ancient Burying Ground: Monument to Black Governors, by Billie M. Anthony
• PART 2: 1789 to Civil War
• The Rise of Communities and the Continued Quest for Freedom for All, by Katherine Harris
• Colonization and Abolition in Connecticut, by Katherine J. Harris
• Black Governors, 1780 to 1856, by Katherine J. Harris
• James Mars, by Wm. Frank Mitchell
• Black Abolitionists Speak, by Cora Murray and Whitney Bayers
• From Talcott to Main Street: Hartford’s First African American Church, by Tamara Verrett
• Fortresses of Faith, Agents of Change: AME and AME Zion Churches in Connecticut, by Mary M. Donohue and Whitney Bayers
• William Lanson: Businessman, Contractor, and Activist, by Katherine Harris
• The Ruggles, Norwich, and Abolitionism, by Graham Russell Gao Hodges
• A Family of Reformers: The Middletown Bemans, by Liz Warner
• Rev. James W. C. Pennington: A National and Local Voice for Freedom, by Stacey Close
• Coming to the Aid of the
Amistad Africans, by Jessica A. Gresko
• In Search of an Education, Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries, by Christopher Collier
• “Cast Down on Every Side”: The Ill-Fated Campaign to Found an “African College” in New Haven, by Hilary Moss
• Sarah Harris and the Prudence Crandall School, by Barbara M. Tucker
• “No Taxation without Representation,” by Katherine Harris
• A Walk Along the Underground Railroad, by Barbara Donahue
• Augustus Washington: “Portrait of a Young Man,” by Nancy Finlay
• The Twenty-ninth Regiment Colored Volunteers, by Charles (Ben) Hawley
• Fighting for Freedom: Joseph O. Cross, by Elizabeth J. Normen
• PART 3: Post Civil War to World War I
• Connecticut and the Aftermath of the Civil War, by Stacey Close
• Rebecca Primus and Addie Brown, by Barbara J. Beeching
• The Fisk Jubilee Singers Tour the North, by Wm. Frank Mitchell
• Ebenezer Bassett’s Historic Journey, by Carolyn B. Ivanoff, with Mary J. Mycek and Marian K. O’Keefe
• Charles Ethan Porter, by Hildegard Cummings
• PART 4: Photo Essay
• A Veil Lifted, by Wm. Frank Mitchell
• PART 5: Between the Wars
• Black Southern Migration and the Transformation of Connecticut, 1917–1941. by Stacey Close
• Anna Louise James, by Andra Chantim
• World War I Homefront: A Short Photo Essay, by Mark H. Jones
• Mary Townsend Seymour, by Mark H. Jones
• Laboring in the Shade, by Dawn Byron Hutchins
• PART 6: World War II to Civil Rights
• World War II and the Civil Rights Years, by Stacey Close
• “I Wanted to Fly”: Connie Nappier, Jr., by Eileen Hurst
• Susan Elizabeth Freeman, World War II Officer and Nurse, by Stacey Close
• Ellis Ruley, by Joel Lang
• “Just Like Georgia Except for the Climate”: Black Life at Mid-Century in Ann Petry’s
The Narrows, by Elisabeth Petry
• Marion Anderson’s Studio, by Jessica Colebrook
• From Fields to Footlights: Gwen Reed, by Christopher Baker
• Baseball Legend Jack Robinson’s Sacrifices Off the Diamond, by Stacey Close
• Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Connecticut, and Nonviolent Protest: A Transforming Alliance, by Stacey Close
• Black Panthers: Interview with Butch Lewis, by Joan Jacobs
• “What Would Dr. King Want You to Do?,” by Cynthia Reik
• The New Haven Black Panther Trials, by Yohuru Williams
• My Dad, Jackie McLean, by Melonae’ McLean
• My Summers at Camp Courant, by Charles A. Teale, Sr.
• PART 7: A Recipe for the Future
• My Grandmother’s Squash Pie: A Regional Discussion of African American Foodways, by Wm. Frank Mitchell
• Conclusion: The Charge of Citizenship for African Americans, by Wm. Frank Mitchell
• Contributors
• Bibliography
• Index

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