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Early Black American Writing and the Making of a Literature

Early Black American Writing and the Making of a Literature douglas a. jones, jr. Rutgers University review essay Early African American Print Culture Edited by lara langer cohen and jordan alexander stein Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012 432 pp. Bonds of Citizenship: Law and the Labors of Emancipation hoang gia phan New York: New York University Press, 2013 272 pp. What Was African American Literature? kenneth w. warren Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2011 192 pp. In the first and apparently only article for an exploratory series in Frederick Douglass' Paper (FDP) that promised to carry out "glances at our condition," a contributor writing under the penname Dion took up the state of African American literature as his subject. Although he commended the work of slave poets Phillis Wheatley and George Moses Horton and praised "the eloquent breathings" of black orators, Dion ultimately concluded, "Still, colored American literature exists only, to too great an extent, in the vast realm of probability" (4). Writing for the September 23, 1853, issue of FDP, thus anticipating the publication of William Wells Brown's so-called novel Clotel; or, The President's Daughter in London by only a few weeks, he based this judgment on the interrelated encumbrances of slavery and its sociocultural aftereffects, the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Early American Literature University of North Carolina Press

Early Black American Writing and the Making of a Literature

Early American Literature , Volume 49 (2) – Jun 27, 2014

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douglas a. jones, jr. Rutgers University review essay Early African American Print Culture Edited by lara langer cohen and jordan alexander stein Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012 432 pp. Bonds of Citizenship: Law and the Labors of Emancipation hoang gia phan New York: New York University Press, 2013 272 pp. What Was African American Literature? kenneth w. warren Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2011 192 pp. In the first and apparently only article for an exploratory series in Frederick Douglass' Paper (FDP) that promised to carry out "glances at our condition," a contributor writing under the penname Dion took up the state of African American literature as his subject. Although he commended the work of slave poets Phillis Wheatley and George Moses Horton and praised "the eloquent breathings" of black orators, Dion ultimately concluded, "Still, colored American literature exists only, to too great an extent, in the vast realm of probability" (4). Writing for the September 23, 1853, issue of FDP, thus anticipating the publication of William Wells Brown's so-called novel Clotel; or, The President's Daughter in London by only a few weeks, he based this judgment on the interrelated encumbrances of slavery and its sociocultural aftereffects, the

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Early American LiteratureUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Jun 27, 2014

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