A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration Short Essay - Answer Key

Steven Hahn
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1. What kind of account did Hahn come across, helping to inspire him to become interested in African American politics?

Hahn came across an account of African American labor resistance in 1868, spurning his interest.

2. What happened to the right to vote of the black man during the time period of this particular book?

The black man both gained and lost the right to vote during the time period of this book.

3. Why are books which focus on shorter time periods of African American history not effective?

Books that focus on shorter periods of time do not allow readers the chance to see how the developments of one era influenced and shaped those of the next.

4. Why does Hahn focus on the rural South within the course of this book?

Hahn focuses on the rural South in this book as the majority of African Americans lived in this area during this time period.

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