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Contentious Liberties: American Abolitionists in Post-Emancipation Jamaica, 1834–1866 (review)

Contentious Liberties: American Abolitionists in Post-Emancipation Jamaica, 1834–1866 (review) American struggle, in sum, more often eschewed the aesthetic refinements of Melville or James and favored emphatic assertions like those of Sarah Grimke and William Whipper which exhorted whites to simply remove their feet from the necks of black women and men. Yet all these stunning articulations of the painful history of race in America were generated by Samuel Otter's masterful work of document recovery and textual analysis. They deepen and complicate our understanding of race as they compel us to read outside our discipline. Meanwhile historians press on, reminded that our writings but dimly reflect the lived struggles and fertile imaginations of the people of the past, but still searching for the social facts that are sound enough to serve not just as a context for literary history but as a standard of flawed human judgment in our own time. mary ryan m ary rya n is John Martin Vincent Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University. Her current project is "Taking the Land to Make a City: European Precedents and American Practices." Contentious Liberties: American Abolitionists in Post-Emancipation Jamaica, 1834­1866. By Gale L. Kenny. (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2010. Pp. 257. Cloth, $44.95.) Historians are http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

Contentious Liberties: American Abolitionists in Post-Emancipation Jamaica, 1834–1866 (review)

The Journal of the Civil War Era , Volume 1 (2) – Jun 3, 2011

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American struggle, in sum, more often eschewed the aesthetic refinements of Melville or James and favored emphatic assertions like those of Sarah Grimke and William Whipper which exhorted whites to simply remove their feet from the necks of black women and men. Yet all these stunning articulations of the painful history of race in America were generated by Samuel Otter's masterful work of document recovery and textual analysis. They deepen and complicate our understanding of race as they compel us to read outside our discipline. Meanwhile historians press on, reminded that our writings but dimly reflect the lived struggles and fertile imaginations of the people of the past, but still searching for the social facts that are sound enough to serve not just as a context for literary history but as a standard of flawed human judgment in our own time. mary ryan m ary rya n is John Martin Vincent Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University. Her current project is "Taking the Land to Make a City: European Precedents and American Practices." Contentious Liberties: American Abolitionists in Post-Emancipation Jamaica, 1834­1866. By Gale L. Kenny. (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2010. Pp. 257. Cloth, $44.95.) Historians are

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The Journal of the Civil War EraUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Jun 3, 2011

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