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Published: Feb 1 2017
Size: 6 x 9
Pages: 248
Illustrations: 13 halftones
PAPERBACK: 978-1-61117-731-2
HARDCOVER: 978-1-61117-730-5
EBOOK: 978-1-61117-732-9

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Yes, Lord, I Know the Road

A Documentary History of African Americans in South Carolina, 1526-2008

edited by J. Brent Morris

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$26.99

Hardcover

$51.99

Ebook

$26.99

Yes, Lord, I Know the Road is the first comprehensive history of African Americans in the Palmetto State. From the first North American slave rebellion near the mouth of the Pee Dee River in the early sixteenth century to the 2008 state Democratic primary victory of Barack Obama, award-winning historian J. Brent Morris examines the unique struggles and triumphs of African Americans in South Carolina.

Following an engaging introduction, Morris brings together a wide variety of annotated primary-source documents—personal narratives, government reports, statutes, newspaper articles, and speeches—to highlight the significant people, events, social and political movements, and ideas that have shaped black life in South Carolina and beyond. In their own words, anonymous and notable African Americans, such as Charlotte Forten, David Walker, and Jesse Jackson, describe the social and economic subjugation caused by more than three hundred years of slavery, the revolution wrought by the American Civil War and Reconstruction, and the post-Reconstruction civil rights struggle that runs to the present.

Many of these source documents are previously unpublished; others have been long out of print. Morris proposes that reading the narrative-sources black Carolinians left behind brings life and relevancy to the past that will spark new public conversations, inspire fresh questions, and encourage historians to pursue innovative scholarly work.

J. Brent Morris is an assistant professor of history at the University of South Carolina Beaufort and director of the National Endowment for the Humanities summer institute "America's Reconstruction: The Untold Story." He was the recipient of the 2010 Malcolm C. Clark Award of the South Carolina Historical Society and was named a 2016 University of South Carolina Breakthrough Star in Research and Scholarship.Civil War News

"Morris provides a very nice synthesis of the history of African Americans in South Carolina."—Civil War News

"For everyone interested in South Carolina history Yes, Lord, I Know the Road is a book that has long been needed. Thanks to the judicious selection of documents and thoughtful introductory material, Brent Morris has produced a very readable book on a complex and often contentious topic. It is an invaluable addition to South Carolina historiography—and to my bookshelf."—Walter Edgar, author of South Carolina: A History

"At last, we have a concise document book tracing one of the most troubled and inspiring paths in American history. Exploring this long, rutted road, we meet brave souls who stood tall—Boston King, Robert Smalls, Septima Clark. Morris's varied collection will spark readers to dig deeper and learn more."—Peter H. Wood, Duke University, author of Black Majority and Strange New Land

"This thoughtfully curated documentary history of Afro-Carolinians spans five centuries with important, vivid, and compelling accounts of South Carolina's twisted, stony road of anguish and achievement, oppression and hope. An informative introduction and concise headnotes provide historical context and make the book accessible to all students of South Carolina history."—Michael Johnson, Academy Professor of History Emeritus, Johns Hopkins University

"For everyone interested in South Carolina history Yes, Lord, I Know the Road is a book that has long been needed. Thanks to the judicious selection of documents and thoughtful introductory material, Brent Morris has produced a very readable book on a complex and often contentious topic. It is an invaluable addition to South Carolina historiography—and to my bookshelf."—Walter Edgar, author of South Carolina: A History

"At last, we have a concise document book tracing one of the most troubled and inspiring paths in American history. Exploring this long, rutted road, we meet brave souls who stood tall—Boston King, Robert Smalls, Septima Clark. Morris's varied collection will spark readers to dig deeper and learn more."—Peter H. Wood, Duke University, author of Black Majority and Strange New Land

"This thoughtfully curated documentary history of Afro-Carolinians spans five centuries with important, vivid, and compelling accounts of South Carolina's twisted, stony road of anguish and achievement, oppression and hope. An informative introduction and concise headnotes provide historical context and make the book accessible to all students of South Carolina history."—Michael Johnson, Academy Professor of History Emeritus, Johns Hopkins University

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