The Black Hearts of Men

For this biracial quartet, the true spiritual heart was a black heart that shared a
humanity with all people and lacked the airs of superiority of a white heart.21 The
black hearts” of these men thus signify their success at overcoming racial
barriers ...

The Black Hearts of Men

The Black Hearts of Men

At a time when slavery was spreading and the country was steeped in racism, two white men and two black men overcame social barriers and mistrust to form a unique alliance that sought nothing less than the end of all evil. Drawing on the largest extant bi-racial correspondence in the Civil War era, John Stauffer braids together these men's struggles to reconcile ideals of justice with the reality of slavery and oppression. Who could imagine that Gerrit Smith, one of the richest men in the country, would give away his wealth to the poor and ally himself with Frederick Douglass, an ex-slave? And why would James McCune Smith, the most educated black man in the country, link arms with John Brown, a bankrupt entrepreneur, along with the others? Distinguished by their interracial bonds, they shared a millennialist vision of a new world where everyone was free and equal. As the nation headed toward armed conflict, these men waged their own war by establishing model interracial communities, forming a new political party, and embracing violence. Their revolutionary ethos bridged the divide between the sacred and the profane, black and white, masculine and feminine, and civilization and savagery that had long girded western culture. In so doing, it embraced a malleable and "black-hearted" self that was capable of violent revolt against a slaveholding nation, in order to usher in a kingdom of God on earth. In tracing the rise and fall of their prophetic vision and alliance, Stauffer reveals how radical reform helped propel the nation toward war even as it strove to vanquish slavery and preserve the peace.

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The Black Hearts of Men
Language: en
Pages: 379
Authors: John Stauffer
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009-06-30 - Publisher: Harvard University Press

At a time when slavery was spreading and the country was steeped in racism, two white men and two black men overcame social barriers and mistrust to form a unique alliance that sought nothing less than the end of all evil. Drawing on the largest extant bi-racial correspondence in the
Black Hearts
Language: en
Pages: 464
Authors: Jim Frederick
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-02-09 - Publisher: Crown

“Riveting. . . a testament to a misconceived war, and to the ease with which ordinary men, under certain conditions, can transform into monsters.”—New York Times Book Review This is the story of a small group of soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division’s fabled 502nd Infantry Regiment—a unit known as
Black Hearts
Language: en
Pages: 244
Authors: III Myers, Nick J. Myers
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2003 - Publisher: Trafford Publishing

Black Hearts: The Development of Black Sexuality in America examines both the historical aspect of Blacks and sexuality as well as other sexual and relationship issues facing Blacks in America today such as Black skin color (light vs. dark), Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Blacks, Black gays, lesbians and Homophobia, Black
Black Heart
Language: en
Pages: 384
Authors: Robert I. Rotberg
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-01-08 - Publisher:

This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press's mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand
Black Hearts
Language: en
Pages: 406
Authors: Arlene J. Chai
Categories: Domestic fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2000 - Publisher:

Do you understand now why I have no need for mirrors? My memory - the curse of all sinners, even those who feel only occasional remorse - is flawless. When I look into it I see what I really am... Look into the mirror Discover the colour of your heart

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