We All Got History

We All Got History : The Memory Books of Amos Webber

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Lost for over a hundred years until their rediscovery by Nick Salvatore, Amos Webber's "Thermometer Books" recorded six decades of the daily experiences of a black freeman in nineteenth-century Philadelphia and Worcester, Massachusetts. These diaries form the basis for Salvatore's vital portrait of an everyday hero who struggled unrelentingly for his people in a land that still considered blacks to be less than human. In We All Got History, we see Webber working as a janitor; rescuing fugitive slaves on the Underground Railroad; marching triumphantly into Richmond with the Fifth Massachusetts Cavalry; and active in the religious and fraternal organizations that became the cement of the African American community. What emerges from this moving history is not only a picture of Webber the man, but also of the vibrant African American culture that nurtured him.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 156 x 230 x 36mm | 721.22g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 33 photographs; 5 line drawings
  • 0252074408
  • 9780252074400

About Nick Salvatore

Nick Salvatore is a Maurice and Hinda Neufeld Founders Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations and a professor of American Studies at Cornell University. He is the author of Eugene V. Debs: Citizen and Socialist and Singing in a Strange Land: C. L. Franklin, the Black Church, and the Transformation of America.show more

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"A fascinating chronicle...It warms the heart and soothes the soul of people thirsting for a broader sense of identity." Philadelphia Inquirershow more

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