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Maria W. Stewart and the Roots of Black Political Thought$
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Kristin Waters

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781496836748

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2022

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496836748.001.0001

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Black Founders and the Roots of Black Political Thought1

Black Founders and the Roots of Black Political Thought1

(p.155) Chapter Sixteen Black Founders and the Roots of Black Political Thought1
Maria W. Stewart and the Roots of Black Political Thought

Kristin Waters

University Press of Mississippi

In this chapter, Waters identifies a first wave of African American organized resistance and the beginning of a more interracial movement often reductively perceived as white. This chapter examines the ideas that came out of the early part of this wave of activism: particular concepts of freedom, equality, property, individualism, community, and the social contract, from the first rumblings of the Age of Revolution. This chapter and the next ones explore major writers and components of classic liberal theory: concepts of freedom, equality, social contract, property, individualism, capitalism, and independence, but the connections with the birth of liberalism should in no way preclude a critique of this theory from other conceptual perspectives. Waters also discusses the overarching theory of Black revolutionary liberalism derived from Enlightenment ideals that in hands of Black theorists were converted from an ideology that had chattel slavery at its base to one of human flourishing for all humankind.

Keywords:   Prince Hall Masons, Black Revolutionary Liberalism, Insurrectionist Ethics, Black Petition Movement, Belinda’s Petition

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