Pamphlets of Protest: An Anthology of Early African-American Protest Literature, 1790-1860

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Richard Newman, Patrick Rael, Phillip Lapsansky
Routledge, 2013 M11 26 - 336 pages
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Between the Revolution and the Civil War, African-American writing became a prominent feature of both black protest culture and American public life. Although denied a political voice in national affairs, black authors produced a wide range of literature to project their views into the public sphere. Autobiographies and personal narratives told of slavery's horrors, newspapers railed against racism in its various forms, and poetry, novellas, reprinted sermons and speeches told tales of racial uplift and redemption. The editors examine the important and previously overlooked pamphleteering tradition and offer new insights into how and why the printed word became so important to black activists during this critical period. An introduction by the editors situates the pamphlets in their various social, economic and political contexts. This is the first book to capture the depth of black print culture before the Civil War by examining perhaps its most important form, the pamphlet.

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An Address before the Pennsylvania Augustine Society 1818
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New York Committee of Vigilance for the Year 1837 together with
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Report of the Proceedings of the Colored National Convention Cleveland 1848 held
Address to the People of the United States 1853 1857
Political Destiny of the Colored Race on the American Continent 1854
The History of the Haitian Revolution 1855
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The English Language in Liberia 1861

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Richard Newman is Assistant Professor of History at the Rochester Institute of Technology; Patrick Rael is Assistant Professor of History at Bowdoin College; and Phillip Lapsansky is an archivist at the Library Company of Philadelphia.

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