By Darlene Clark Hine, Earnestine L. Jenkins
A question of Manhood: A Reader in Black Men's heritage and Masculinity, is the 1st anthology of ancient reviews all for issues and concerns principal to the development of Black masculinities. The editors pointed out those essays from between a number of hundred articles released in recent times in major American historical past journals and educational periodicals. quantity II choices up the place quantity I left off, carrying on with to target gender by way of interpreting the lives of African American males within the tumultuous interval following the Civil battle during the finish of the 19th century. The writings integrated in quantity disguise issues within the lives of black males that contact on management, paintings and the professions, family members and neighborhood, activities and the army, and a dead ringer for black males within the higher society.
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The Memphis Daily Avalanche, another of the city’s conservative presses, described the inhabitants of the black shantytown about Fort Pickering. 21 Northern republicans in Memphis were appalled by the Freedmen’s Bureau policies. The Reverend T. E. Bliss, the white pastor of Union Church in Memphis, fired off a scathing letter to Dudley. ’ Is it for the purpose of ‘conciliating’ their old rebel masters & assisting them to get help to secure their Cotton Crop? ” A subsequent investigation of the situation in Memphis revealed that Dudley and his officers had indeed been bribed to supply planters with the black laborers picked up by their patrols, and that many blacks were bound over to planters by force.
Colored Infantry Regiment described an incident involving a fellow noncommissioned officer in November of 1865. ” Harry Brown, another witness, told a commission investigating the incident, “he just walked along and shoved him with his elbow as he passed hard enough to push sergt. ” Likewise, black “insolence” on occasion received violent retaliation from police. Joe Brown, a sergeant in a black regiment stationed at Fort Pickering, testified about an encounter with a policeman. The policeman, Brown related, “said to me I wish I could get a chance to kill all the Damned Nigger Soldiers and I said you cant kill me— he then stepped back a few paces and ran up and struck me with his club, on the head—at that time another Policeman came up and he struck me several times.
While the origins of John Henry remain unknown, Eberhart had more success in nailing down the origins of Stagger Lee. As he tells us in “Stack Lee: The Man, the Music, and the Myth,” the American archetype for the “bad” black man can be traced back to an altercation between Lee Shelton, alias Stagger Lee, and Billy Lyons, which took place in St. Louis on December 25, 1895. Most of us are familiar with the ballad, but the facts surrounding the murder case are less widely known. Lee Shelton went to trial not once but twice for the murder of Billy Lyons.