My Soul Is a Witness by Mari N. Crabtree audiobook

My Soul Is a Witness: The Traumatic Afterlife of Lynching

By Mari N. Crabtree
Read by Allyson Johnson

Blackstone Publishing 9780300250411

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9798212337441

  • ISBN: 9798212337434

  • ISBN: 9798212337458

Runtime: 9.39 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

An intimate look at the afterlife of lynching through the personal stories of Black victims and survivors who lived through and beyond its trauma

Mari N. Crabtree traces the long afterlife of lynching in the South through the traumatic memories it left in its wake. African American victims and survivors had to find a way to live through and beyond the horrors of lynching.

Crabtree offers a theory of African American collective trauma and memory rooted in a strategy for “working through” trauma that has long existed within the African American cultural tradition: the ironic spirit of the blues sensibility—a spirit of misdirection and cunning that blends joy and pain. Black southerners often shielded their loved ones from the most painful memories of local lynchings with strategic silences but also told lynching stories about vengeful ghosts or a wrathful God or the deathbed confessions of a lyncher tormented by his past

They protested lynching and its legacies through art and activism, and they mourned those lost to a mob’s fury. They infused a blues element into their lynching narratives to confront traumatic memories and keep the blues at bay, even if just for a spell.

Telling their stories troubles the simplistic binary of resistance or submission that has tended to dominate narratives of Black life and reminds us that amid the utter devastation of lynching were glimmers of hope and an affirmation of life.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Mari Crabtree has written a hauntingly beautiful book, telling the stories of those whose lives have been weighed down by the traumatic memory of lynching and a nation haunted by the traumatic memory of what it has done and what it tries not to remember. Powerful. Disturbing. Brilliant. A must read.” Eddie S. Glaude Jr., New York Times bestselling author
“Examines the oral histories, literature, art, and music that constitute the living memory of lynching. It’s an exceptionally researched, exquisitely written, and important book.” Julie Buckner Armstrong, author of Mary Turner and the Memory of Lynching
“A compassionate, sensitive, and insightful meditation on where to discern the hidden memories of the collective trauma of lynching and where to discover the manifest forms of African American resistance and resilience in response to it.” Ashraf H. A. Rushdy, author of American Lynching

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Author

Author Bio: Mari N. Crabtree

Author Bio: Mari N. Crabtree

Mari N. Crabtree is an associate professor of African American Studies at the College of Charleston.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 9.39
Audience: Adult
Language: English