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For more than a generation, historical interpretations of emancipation in the United States have acknowledged that the slaves played a central role in driving that process forward. This is a critically important advance, and one worth defending. But it is also a perspective whose influence seems increasingly precarious. This article explores the complex relationship between the slaves’ ‘revolution from below’ and the bourgeois revolution directed from above, in part through an appraisal of W.E.B. Du Bois’s argument about the ‘slaves’ general strike’ and the wider revolutionary upheaval encompassing civil war and reconstruction. Grounded in a close familiarity with sources and interpretive trends, the article offers a detailed reading of shifting perspectives in current historiography, a comprehensive review of left engagement with Du Bois’s work, and an extended ‘critical and sympathetic’ appraisal of his major work from within the framework of the Marxist tradition.
|Number of pages||43|
|Early online date||24 Oct 2019|
|Publication status||Published - 01 Dec 2019|
- Slave Emancipation
- US Civil War
- labour history
- political economy
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'Debating Exodus in the Reconstruction South: Changing Attitudes among the Republican Grassroots
Brian Kelly (Contributor)03 Oct 2019
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Oral presentationFile
University of São Paulo
Brian Kelly (Visiting lecturer)17 Mar 2018 → 28 Mar 2018
Activity: Visiting an external institution types › Research and Teaching at External Organisation
From jubilee to white ‘redemption’: black working-class life in Charleston, 1861-1880Kelly, B., 30 Dec 2022, (Accepted) African American urban history from past to future tense: essays on the state of a field. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 43 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter (peer-reviewed) › peer-review
Difficult labor: troublesome company at the new birth of freedomKelly, B., 05 Dec 2016, In: Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society. 19, p. 474-478 5 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile224 Downloads (Pure)
Jubilee and the limits of African American freedom after EmancipationKelly, B., Jan 2016, In: Race and Class. 57, 3, p. 59-70 12 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review