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By Jennifer C. James

ISBN-10: 0807831166

ISBN-13: 9780807831168

ISBN-10: 0807858072

ISBN-13: 9780807858073

within the first entire learn of African American struggle literature, Jennifer James analyzes fiction, poetry, autobiography, and histories concerning the significant wars waged ahead of the desegregation of the U.S. army in 1948. studying literature in regards to the Civil conflict, the Spanish-American Wars, global battle I, and global conflict II, James introduces more than a few infrequent and understudied texts via writers akin to Victor Daly, F. supply Gilmore, William Gardner Smith, and Susie King Taylor. She argues that works through those in addition to canonical writers reminiscent of William Wells Brown, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and Gwendolyn Brooks mark a particular contribution to African American letters.

In constructing African American struggle literature as a long-standing literary style in its personal correct, James additionally considers the ways that this writing, based because it is on moments of nationwide hindrance, complex debates approximately black identification and African american citizens' claims to citizenship. In a provocative evaluation, James argues that the very ambivalence over using violence as a political device defines African American conflict writing and creates a compelling, contradictory physique of literature that defies effortless summary.

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