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Hahn I. Factors that helped transform African Americans into a political people: A. Kinship ties and a matriarchal structure B. Free black communities of the North (maroon societies) were important allies to the slaves i. They made their own societies and institutions and doing main work of sustaining abolitionism ii. Runaway slaves contributed to these societies: a. Became schooled in modern politics b. Subscribed to abolitionist newspapers and wrote autobiographies of their experiences c. Joined abolitionist groups and attended conventions for black rights, organized protests d. Amplified the communication networks between the freedpeople and the slaves RUMOR WAS A CRUCIAL AND EFFECTIVE WAY OF DISSEMINATING INFORMATION WHILE MAINTAINING ANONIMITY iii. These communities would return to the South during Reconstruction as shock troops for political revolution C. Blacks were often sent to various parts of the states and sometimes the coastline as leased out workers where they were exposed to ideas and outside influences in these “contact zones” D. There was spread of word through the plantations when slaves who came to work or had family members on other plantations E. The communities and canals of communication created within the slaves a group of people who were not able to advance their political station yet but were able to build a strong network and political community based upon shared perceptions, understandings and expectations i. Projected a terrain of struggle and helped them imagine that they had allies outside of their worlds ii. Inspired them to act when the imagined allies they accumulated tried to crush a rebellion launched by their owners iii. Mobilized slave rebellion iv. Their grapevine communication system had its own special code that was undetectable to outsiders F. Slave rebellion: i. Difficult to detect and stop ii. Through information from outside sensed that emancipation and a new order of life they felt that an assault of their masters on the Federal government could be turned into their own assault on their masters iii. Initiated social and political transformation iv. Rebellion not only weakened the Confederacy and helped Union but helped create unprecedented spaces for slaves to meet with and educate each other and create leaders
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v. Inspired the most sweeping revolution of the 19th century and shifted social and political course of the Atlantic world a. Made emancipation be considered seriously by the Union b. Made the Union army one of liberation
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