By Douglas Flamming
From colonial instances to the current, this quantity captures the studies of the westward migration of African american citizens. in line with the newest study, it deals a clean examine the various methods African american citizens influenced—and have been inspired by—the improvement of the U.S. frontier.African americans within the West covers the increase of the slave exchange to its growth into what was once on the time the westernmost usa; from the post–Civil struggle migrations, together with the Exodusters who fled the South for Kansas in 1879 to the mid–20th century civil rights stream, which observed many serious occasions happen within the West—from the association of the Black Panthers in Oakland to the tragic Watts riots in la.
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Some were taken to church by their masters, and many converted. Hannah, who was introduced at the beginning of this chapter, was baptized in South Carolina, in the same Baptist church as her owners. Yet the message slaves heard was not always the message white evangelists intended. And the God slaves worshipped was not quite the same God their owners’ worshipped. The real religion of the slaves was the religion of the slave quarters— out of sight and out of earshot of the masters. Some masters kept an eye on the quarters, in which case slaves would steal away to the woods when they could to worship as they saw fit.
After the Civil War, the West as a section assumed its form, as rapid settlement erased the final lines of frontier settlement. But time and place mattered, Turner emphasized. All sections of the United States had a frontier, but the particular circumstances of the frontier’s final expansion made the western section qualitatively different from either the North or the South. The West had its own peculiar history, its own economic and political interests, as did the other two sections. There were overlapping interests and outlooks, to be sure, but what struck Turner was the distinctiveness of the three.
Los Angeles is located on a river that has no chance of providing enough water for even a modestly sized city. For nearly a century, Los Angeles has acquired city water via sprawling aqueducts connected to rivers hundreds of miles distant. The issue of western water was there in the beginning, and it is with us still. More than any other factor, aridity has shaped the western region. In this book, the West is defined first as a frontier and later as a region. This follows Turner’s lead in defining region: the early frontier was indeed the American West, but once the frontier process had ended, the The African American West 9 West—the nation west of the 98th meridian—became a section in its own right.