49. Let Your Motto Be Resistance: Henry Highland Garnet

Posted on 29 March 2020

Henry Highland Garnet encourages, or actually demands, that enslaved Americans throw off their chains and debates Douglass over how best to resist slavery.

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Further Reading

• A.M. Duane, Educated for Freedom: The Incredible Story of Two Fugitive Schoolboys Who Grew Up to Change a Nation (New York: 2020).

• E.S. Glaude, Exodus! Religion, Race, and Nation in Early Nineteenth-Century Black America (Chicago: 2000), ch. 8.

• S. Harrold, The Rise of Aggressive Abolitionism: Addresses to the Slaves (Lexington: 2004).

• E.O. Hutchinson, Let Your Motto Be Resistance: The Life and Thought of Henry Highland Garnet (Boston: 1972).

• J. Jasinski, “Constituting Antebellum African American Identity: Resistance, Violence, and Masculinity in Henry Highland Garnet’s (1843) 'Address to the Slaves,'” Quarterly Journal of Speech 93 (2007), 27-57.

• L. Leavell, "Recirculating Black Militancy in Word and Image: Henry Highland Garnet's "Volume of Fire,"" Book History 20 (2017), 150-187.

• M.B. Pasternak, Rise Now and Fly to Arms: The Life of Henry Highland Garnet (New York: 1995).

• J. Schor, Henry Highland Garnet: A Voice of Black Radicalism in the Nineteenth Century (Westport: 1977).

• S.H. Shiffrin, "The Rhetoric of Black Violence in the Antebellum Period: Henry Highland Garnet," Journal of Black Studies 2 (1971), 45-56.

• S. Stuckey, Slave Culture: Nationalist Theory and the Foundations of Black America (New York: 1987).

Minutes of the National Convention of Colored Citizens, held in Buffalo, NY, August 15-19, 1843

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