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Painter, Nell Irvin

Works: 78 works in 197 publications in 2 languages and 13,457 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Pictorial works  Autobiographies  Documentary television programs  Nonfiction television programs  Biographical television programs  Personal narratives  Sources  Slave narratives 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Editor, Composer, Publishing director
Classifications: E444.J17, B
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Sojourner Truth : a life, a symbol by Nell Irvin Painter( Book )

14 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in English and held by 2,744 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sojourner Truth: ex-slave and fiery abolitionist, figure of imposing physique, riveting preacher and spellbinding singer who dazzled listeners with her wit and originality. Straight talking and unsentimental, Truth became a national symbol for strong black women - indeed, for all strong women. Like Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass, she is regarded as a radical of immense and enduring influence; yet unlike them, what is remembered of her consists more of myth than of historical fact. Now, in a masterful blend of scholarship and sympathetic understanding, eminent historian Nell Irvin Painter goes beyond the myths, words, and photographs to uncover the life of a complex woman who was born into slavery and died a legend. Inspired by religion, Truth transformed herself from a domestic servant named Isabella into an itinerant Pentecostal preacher; her words of empowerment have inspired black women and poor people the world over to this day. As an abolitionist and a feminist, Truth defied the stereotype of "the slave" as male and "the woman" as white - expounding a fact that still bears repeating: among blacks there are women; among women, there are blacks
The history of White people by Nell Irvin Painter( Book )

15 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and Italian and held by 1,982 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historian Painter centers her momentous study of racial classification on the slave trade and the nation-building efforts which dominated the United States in the 18th century, when thinkers led by Ralph Waldo Emerson strove to explain the rapid progress of America within the context of white superiority. Her research is filled with frequent, startling realizations about how tenuous and temporary our racial classifications really are
Standing at Armageddon : the United States, 1877-1919 by Nell Irvin Painter( Book )

19 editions published between 1987 and 2008 in English and held by 1,556 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Standing at Armageddon is a comprehensive and lively historical account of America's shift from a rural and agrarian society to an urban and industrial society. Nell Irvin Painter will be featured in the PBS multipart series The Progressive Era with Bill Moyers, which coincides with the release of the updated edition of this acclaimed work"--Publisher
Creating Black Americans : African-American history and its meanings, 1619 to the present by Nell Irvin Painter( Book )

19 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 1,543 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Here is an account of a past rich in beauty and creativity, but also in tragedy and trauma. Historian Nell Irvin Painter blends a vivid narrative based on the latest research with a wonderful array of artwork by African-American artists, works which add a new depth to our understanding of black history." "Painter offers a history written for a new generation of African Americans, stretching from life in Africa before slavery to today's hip-hop culture. The book describes the staggering number of Africans - over ten million - forcibly transported to the New World, most doomed to brutal servitude in Brazil and the Caribbean. Painter looks at the free black population, numbering close to half a million by 1860 (compared to almost four million slaves), and provides a gripping account of the horrible conditions of slavery itself. The book examines the Civil War, revealing that it only slowly became a war to end slavery, and shows how Reconstruction, after a promising start, was shut down by terrorism by white supremacists. Painter traces how through the long Jim Crow decades, blacks succeeded against enormous odds, creating schools and businesses and laying the foundations of our popular culture. We read about the glorious outburst of artistic creativity of the Harlem Renaissance, the courageous struggles for Civil Rights in the 1960s, the rise and fall of Black Power, the modern hip-hop movement, and two black Secretaries of State. Painter concludes that African Americans today are wealthier and better educated, but the disadvantaged are as vulnerable as ever." "Painter deeply enriches her narrative with a series of striking works of art - more than 150 in total, most in full color - works that profoundly engage with black history and that add a vital dimension to the story, a new form of witness that testifies to the passion and creativity of the African-American experience."--Jacket
Exodusters : Black migration to Kansas after Reconstruction by Nell Irvin Painter( Book )

19 editions published between 1976 and 1992 in English and held by 1,464 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What makes this book so important, is ... [that it] is the first full-length scholarly study of this migration and of the forces that produced it ... [Others] have focused on nationally recognized black leaders; [Painter] calls for attention to the black masses."--David H. Donald, New York Times Book Review
The narrative of Hosea Hudson : his life as a Negro Communist in the South by Hosea Hudson( Book )

18 editions published between 1979 and 2005 in English and held by 855 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collaborative memoir of a man born to a Georgia sharecropper but destined to become a steel worker, labor leader and member of the Communist Party -- A hard and dangerous life
Southern history across the color line by Nell Irvin Painter( Book )

8 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 620 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work reaches across the colour line to examine how race, gender, class and individual subjectivity shaped the lives of black and white women in the 19th- and 20th-century American South
Narrative of Sojourner Truth by Olive Gilbert( Book )

4 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 430 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Truth's testimony to her 30 years of bondage in upstate New York and the revelations that turned her into an abolitionist
Incidents in the life of a slave girl : written by herself by Harriet A Jacobs( Book )

6 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 340 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A haunting, evocative recounting of her life as a slave in North Carolina, and of her final escape and emancipation, Jacobs' classic narrative, written between 1853 and 1858 and published in 1861, tells firsthand of the horrors inflicted on slaves. In writing this extraordinary memoir, which culminates in the seven years she spent hiding in a crawl space in her grandmother's attic, Jacobs skillfully used the literary genres of her times, presenting a thoroughly feminist narrative that portrays the evils and traumas of slavery, particularly for women and children. Now with an introduction by renowned historian Nell Irvin Painter, this edition also includes A True Tale of Slavery, the brief memoir of Harriet Jacobs' brother, John S. Jacobs, originally published in a London periodical in 1861"--Book cover
The narrative of Hosea Hudson : the life and times of a Black radical by Hosea Hudson( Book )

2 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oral biography of the African American who was a Communist Party leader in the U.S. in the 1930s and 1940s
Soul murder and slavery by Nell Irvin Painter( Book )

2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bill Moyers journal( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the run-up to the pivotal 2008 Ohio and Texas primaries, political ads are everywhere. In this edition of the Journal, Bill Moyers and Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, analyze the substance and subtext of ads being used in the Obama, Clinton, and McCain campaigns. Afterward, Moyers and historian Nell Irvin Painter, author of Standing at Armageddon: The United States, 1877-1919, discuss what the history and the legacy of populism reveal about the current state of inequality in America
Writing working class biography in Artist and influence 7:1-58 (1986) by Nell Irvin Painter( )

in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Rise and fall of Jim Crow( Visual )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A 4-part series offering the first comprehensive look at race relations in America between the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement presenting the context in which the laws of segregation known as the "Jim Crow" system originated and developed. Part 1: As reconstruction ended African Americans' efforts to assert their rights began to be repressed. Whites succeeded in passing laws that segregated and disfranchised African Americans which they enforced with violence. This first episode recounts the black response by documenting the work of early African American civil rights leaders including Booker T. Washington, anti-lynching crusader Ida B. Wells and others
Race consciousness : African-American studies for the new century by Judith Jackson Fossett( Book )

2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of essays represents new scholarship in African American studies, drawing lessons from the past and providing insights into current intellectual trends. Topics such as the culture of America as a culture of race, legacies of slavery and colonialism, crime and welfare politics, and African American cultural studies are addressed. The following essays are included: Part 1--"Introduction: Looking B(L)ackward: African-American Studies in the Age of Identity Politics" (Robin D. G. Kelley): (1) "Spectors of Race: The Culture of America as a Culture of Race"; (2) "Whose Line Is It Anyway? W. E. B. Du Bois and the Language of the Color Line" (Gavin Jones); (3) "(K)night Riders in (K)night Gowns: The Ku Klux Klan, Race, and Constructions of Masculinity" (Judith Jackson Fossett); (4) "Blackness 'Scuzed: Jimi Hendrix's (In)visible Legacy in Heavy Metal" (Jeremy Wells); Part 2--"Historical (Re)Vision: Legacies of Slavery and Colonialism": (5) "Under One Roof: The Sins and Sanctity of the New Orleans Quadroon Balls" (Monique Guillory); (6) "Traumatic Repetition: Gayl Jones's 'Corregidora'" (Bruce Simon); Part 3--"Race(d) Men and Race(d) Women: African-American Cultural Studies": (7) "Exodus and the Politics of Nation" (Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.); (8) "'Can Science Succeed Where the Civil War Failed?' George S. Schuyler and Race" (Jeffrey A. Tucker); (9) "Hanging on Their Walls: 'An Art Commentary on Lynching,' The Forgotten 1935 Art Exhibition" (Margaret Rose Vendryes); (10) "The Soles of Black Folk: These Reebocks Were Made for Runnin' (from the White Man)" (John L. Jackson, Jr.); and Part 4--"Cracking the Code: Exposing the Nation's Racial Neuroses": (11) "Why Gingrich? Welfare Rights and Racial Politics, 1965-1995" (Felicia A. Kornbluh); (12) "Criminality and Citizenship: Implicating the White Nation" (Karen Ho and Wende Elizabeth Marshall); (13) "Jim Crow Science and the 'Negro Problem' in the Occupied Philippines, 1898-1914" (Paul Kramer); and (14) "Black Power, White Fear: The 'Negro Problem' in Lawrence, Kansas, 1960-1970" (Rusty L. Monhollon). (Sld)
Maya Angelou, and still I rise( Visual )

2 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nell Irvin Painter, historian and long-time friend, interviews Maya Angelou, the poet, teacher, actress, and singer
Sojourner and Frederick by Nell Irvin Painter( Recording )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Program 853 (ca. 30 min.) : Two recently published books dealing with noteworthy African Americans are discussed on the first of two programs related to Black History Month, 1997. Nell Irvin Painter is the author of "Sojourner Truth: a life, a symbol." John Sekora has written "Frederick Douglass." Program 854 (ca. 29 min.) : The participants in this second program highlighting Black History Month are David Smith, principal editor of "Encyclopedia of African American culture and history," and William Julius Wilson, author of "When work disappears."
Columbia University oral history seminars( Recording )

in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Life portrait of Woodrow Wilson( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historians and scholars discuss Wilson's boyhood during Reconstruction, his career as an academic, his participation in the progressive movement, U.S. participation in World War I, and the struggle to join the League of Nations
Gender & American culture( )

in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Sojourner Truth : a life, a symbol
Alternative Names
Irvin, Nell

Irvin Painter, Nell 1942-

Nell Irvin Painter American historian

Nell Irvin Painter Amerikaans historica

Nell Irvin Painter amerikanische Historikerin, Anthropologin und Hochschullehrerin

Nell Irvin Painter historiadora estadounidense

Painter, Nell Elizabeth Irvin

Painter, Nell I. 1942-

English (151)

Italian (1)

The history of White peopleStanding at Armageddon : the United States, 1877-1919Creating Black Americans : African-American history and its meanings, 1619 to the presentExodusters : Black migration to Kansas after ReconstructionSouthern history across the color lineNarrative of Sojourner TruthIncidents in the life of a slave girl : written by herselfThe narrative of Hosea Hudson : the life and times of a Black radical