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Cities of the DeadContesting the Memory of the Civil War in the South, 1865-1914$
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William A. Blair

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780807828960

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807876237_blair

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The Rise and Decline of Political Self-Help, 1883–1900

The Rise and Decline of Political Self-Help, 1883–1900

(p.144) 6 The Rise and Decline of Political Self-Help, 1883–1900
Cities of the Dead

William A. Blair

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on the notion of self-help that emerged in the late 1890s. During freedom celebrations, black orators advocated self-reliance so the race could become, among other things, a greater political force. Self-help, or the ideology of uplift, was considered by scholars to include a rejection of the partisan approach in favor of uplift of the race primarily through building economic strength. However, historians recently discovered a more complex use of self-help as a form of resistance underneath a public stance of accommodation.

Keywords:   self-reliance, black orators, uplift, race, resistance

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