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Uncovering Black Heroes

Lesser-Known Stories of Liberty and Civil Rights


David Boers

Uncovering Black Heroes: Lesser-Known Stories of Liberty and Civil Rights is a series of stories regarding real people who are not so well known in the mainstream of American freedom and civil rights discussions. These people have made a difference by the events of their lives and by the deliberate contributions they made. In some chapters depictions of fugitive slaves create awareness of the perils of freedom runs and of the desperate, dangerous, and terrifying life of being a hunted person. In other chapters the degree of local level blockage individuals needed to confront is exposed. Still other chapters point out major efforts by diligent, but for the most part unknown, local people that result in court case settlements and state laws to advance civil rights, in particular suffrage. One chapter takes a close look at leaders in women’s clubs and how those leaders defined women’s roles in the Black freedom and civil rights movements. Themes stand out as they all build upon each other and are seen from one chapter to the next. In the end, a subtle evolution of ideas can be realized that forms the notion that the great and recognized Black leaders in history have their important place but that freedom and civil rights advancements are made on the backs of the local unknowns who need to be recognized for what they have contributed. This uncovering of unknown players involved in crucial events of their times in the quest for social, political, civil, and personal equality and freedom provides a unique perspective somewhat counter to mainstream thinking.

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Boers, David, author. Title: Uncovering Black heroes: lesser-known stories of liberty and civil rights / David Boers. Description: New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2017. Series: Peter Lang primers; vol. 37 | ISSN 2572-5831 Caroline Quarlls, Joshua Glover, National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, Ezekiel Gillespie, James Groppi, Vel Phillips Includes bibliographical references. Identifiers: LCCN 2017002926 | ISBN 978-1-4331-4165-2 (paperback: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4331-4171-3 (ebook pdf) | ISBN 978-1-4331-4172-0 (epub) ISBN 978-1-4331-4173-7 (mobi) Subjects: LSCH: African Americans—Biography. Abolitionists—United States—Biography. |Abolitionists—Wisconsin—Biography. Civil rights workers—United States—Biography. Civil rights workers—Wisconsin—Biography. African Americans—Suffrage—Case studies. | African Americans—Suffrage—Wisconsin. National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs (U.S.) Classification: LCC E185.96 .B576 2017 | DDC 920.0092/96073—dc23 LC record available at DOI 10.3726/b11000 Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the “Deutsche Nationalbibliografie”; detailed bibliographic data are available on the Internet at

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