Liberation Historiography: African American Writers and the Challenge of History, 1794-1861

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Univ of North Carolina Press, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 426 pages
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As the story of the United States was recorded in pages written by white historians, early-nineteenth-century African American writers faced the task of piecing together a counterhistory: an approach to history that would present both the necessity of and
  

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Contents

The Theater of History
39
Scattered Lives Scattered Documents Writing Liberation History
95
Multiple Lives and Lost Narratives AutoBiography as History
155
The Assembly of History Orations and Conventions
219
Our Warfare Lies in the Field of Thought The African American Press and the Work of History
277
William Wells Brown and the Performance of History
331
Notes
345
Bibliography
389
Index
413
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Page 31 - Who believes that the Whites and Blacks can ever amalgamate in America? Or who wishes it to happen? Nature has set an impassable seal against it. Besides, is not America for the Whites? And is it not better so? As long as the Blacks remain here how can they become anything like an independent and heroic race? There is no chance for it.

About the author (2004)

John Ernest is associate professor of English at the University of New Hampshire. He is author of Resistance and Reformation in Nineteenth-Century African American Literature: Brown, Wilson, Jacobs, Delany, Douglass, and Harper and editor of three volumes of nineteenth-century African American writing.

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