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Crispus Attucks Meets Dorie Miller: Black Patriotism and Activism in the World War II Era

Mitch Kachun

in First Martyr of Liberty: Crispus Attucks in American Memory

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
July 2017
ISBN:
9780199731619
eISBN:
9780190693510
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199731619.003.0007
Subject:
History, African-American History, Cultural History

Interest in promoting Attucks as a national hero was redoubled as African Americans’ heroic participation in World War II once again presented opportunities to sharpen activists’ arguments for black ... More


Fugitives and Soldiers

Margot Minardi

in Making Slavery History: Abolitionism and the Politics of Memory in Massachusetts

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780195379372
eISBN:
9780199869152
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195379372.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter examines how black Bay Staters in the 1850s strove to claim “manhood” and “citizenship” by representing themselves and their ancestors as agents in history. This endeavor was especially ... More


Crispus Attucks Meets Jim Crow: The Segregation of American Memory, 1870s–1910s

Mitch Kachun

in First Martyr of Liberty: Crispus Attucks in American Memory

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
July 2017
ISBN:
9780199731619
eISBN:
9780190693510
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199731619.003.0005
Subject:
History, African-American History, Cultural History

As Jim Crow segregation came to define black Americans’ place in the nation by the end of the nineteenth century, American memory also became largely segregated. African Americans continued to hold ... More


Crispus Attucks Meets the New Negro: Black History and Black Heroes between the World Wars

Mitch Kachun

in First Martyr of Liberty: Crispus Attucks in American Memory

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
July 2017
ISBN:
9780199731619
eISBN:
9780190693510
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199731619.003.0006
Subject:
History, African-American History, Cultural History

During the era of the “New Negro” after World War I, African Americans intensified their attention to Attucks and other race heroes as they made more overt efforts to incorporate African American ... More


Crispus Attucks and the Black Freedom Struggle, 1950s–1970s

Mitch Kachun

in First Martyr of Liberty: Crispus Attucks in American Memory

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
July 2017
ISBN:
9780199731619
eISBN:
9780190693510
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199731619.003.0008
Subject:
History, African-American History, Cultural History

As the integrationist civil rights movement took shape, Attucks became one of the most prominent black figures to enter elementary and secondary school curricula and textbooks. In most mainstream ... More


Crispus Attucks in Twenty-First-Century America

Mitch Kachun

in First Martyr of Liberty: Crispus Attucks in American Memory

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
July 2017
ISBN:
9780199731619
eISBN:
9780190693510
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199731619.003.0010
Subject:
History, African-American History, Cultural History

While the new century saw continued nods to African American figures and experiences in American history textbooks and curricula, blacks still remained mostly on the margins of the master narrative ... More


First Martyr of Liberty: Crispus Attucks and the Struggle for Citizenship in the Civil War Era

Mitch Kachun

in First Martyr of Liberty: Crispus Attucks in American Memory

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
July 2017
ISBN:
9780199731619
eISBN:
9780190693510
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199731619.003.0004
Subject:
History, African-American History, Cultural History

By 1850 Crispus Attucks began playing a significant role in African Americans’ affirmation of their essential Americanness. Black abolitionists muted his mixed racial background in favor of a fully ... More


Crispus Attucks from the Bicentennial to the Culture Wars, 1970s–1990s

Mitch Kachun

in First Martyr of Liberty: Crispus Attucks in American Memory

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
July 2017
ISBN:
9780199731619
eISBN:
9780190693510
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199731619.003.0009
Subject:
History, African-American History, Cultural History

The 1976 bicentennial brought greater mainstream attention to Attucks and black participation in the Revolution as well as increasing opportunities to disseminate interpretations of Attucks and other ... More


Who Was This Man?

Mitch Kachun

in First Martyr of Liberty: Crispus Attucks in American Memory

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
July 2017
ISBN:
9780199731619
eISBN:
9780190693510
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199731619.003.0002
Subject:
History, African-American History, Cultural History

Chapter 1 introduces the broad context of the eighteenth-century Atlantic world in which Crispus Attucks lived, describes the events of the Boston Massacre, and assesses what we know about Attucks’s ... More


Heroes and Paupers

Margot Minardi

in Making Slavery History: Abolitionism and the Politics of Memory in Massachusetts

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780195379372
eISBN:
9780199869152
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195379372.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

With a focus on early representations of the Boston Massacre and the Battle of Bunker Hill, this chapter argues that the individuals publicly honored as heroes of the Revolutionary War in the period ... More


Conclusion

Mitch Kachun

in First Martyr of Liberty: Crispus Attucks in American Memory

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
July 2017
ISBN:
9780199731619
eISBN:
9780190693510
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199731619.003.0011
Subject:
History, African-American History, Cultural History

The Conclusion ties together the book’s main arguments about Crispus Attucks’s place in American history and memory. We do not know enough about his experiences, associations, or motives before or ... More


The Dustbin of History: Crispus Attucks and American Amnesia, 1770s–1840s

Mitch Kachun

in First Martyr of Liberty: Crispus Attucks in American Memory

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
July 2017
ISBN:
9780199731619
eISBN:
9780190693510
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199731619.003.0003
Subject:
History, African-American History, Cultural History

Between 1771 and 1850 the Boston Massacre itself remained a part of the nation’s collective memory of the American Revolution. Some characterized it as a key event in forging colonial unity while ... More


Introduction

Mitch Kachun

in First Martyr of Liberty: Crispus Attucks in American Memory

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
July 2017
ISBN:
9780199731619
eISBN:
9780190693510
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199731619.003.0001
Subject:
History, African-American History, Cultural History

The introduction outlines Crispus Attucks’s story and the book’s approach, using the concepts of history and memory to explore how Attucks has been remembered and forgotten, lionized and vilified, ... More


Epilogue: Fishbones

Margot Minardi

in Making Slavery History: Abolitionism and the Politics of Memory in Massachusetts

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780195379372
eISBN:
9780199869152
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195379372.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

The epilogue follows the commemoration of Crispus Attucks, Phillis Wheatley, and other Revolutionary‐era blacks through the Civil War and beyond. It also considers how William Cooper Nell's call for ... More


First Martyr of Liberty: Crispus Attucks in American Memory

Mitch Kachun

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
July 2017
ISBN:
9780199731619
eISBN:
9780190693510
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199731619.001.0001
Subject:
History, African-American History, Cultural History

First Martyr of Liberty explores how Crispus Attucks’s death in the 1770 Boston Massacre led to his achieving mythic significance in African Americans’ struggle to incorporate their experiences and ... More


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