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Chapter 5 - Black Reform, Writing, and Resistance: Textual Politics in the Postwar Era

from Part II - Persons and Bodies

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 March 2021

Eric Gardner
Affiliation:
Saginaw Valley State University
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Kathy Glass’s “Black Reform, Writing, and Resistance” highlights social networks, textual politics, and Black resistance and focuses on African Americans’ sustained literary activism against myriad social evils after the Civil War. The chapter begins to map the politics of uplift, temperance, and social reform, with emphasis on work by Julia C. Collins, Harper, and William Wells Brown. Glass suggests these texts underscore literature’s potential for political work by inspiring readers and encouraging collective resistance against oppression.

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African American Literature in Transition, 1865–1880
Black Reconstructions
, pp. 115 - 137
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2021

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