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Pioneers of the Black Atlantic - by Henry Louis Gates (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 656

Genre: Social Science

Sub-Genre: Ethnic Studies

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Civitas Book Publisher

Book theme: African American Studies

Author: Henry Louis Gates

Language: English

Street Date: April 13, 2005
TCIN: 79623958
UPC: 9781887178983
Item Number (DPCI): 247-39-5733

Description

In the eighteenth century, a small group of black men met the challenge of the Enlightenment by mastering the arts and sciences and writing themselves into history. The battle lines were clear--literacy stood as the ultimate measure of humanity to the white arbiters of Western culture. If blacks could succeed in this sphere, they would prove that African and European humanity were inseparable. Without a literary record, blacks seemed predestined for slavery.The small but dedicated group--now known as the Black Atlantic writers--who stepped forward to meet this challenge published their autobiographies in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. They not only defied the popular opinion of the time that blacks were unfit for letters, but inaugurated the Black American and Black British literary traditions.While slave narratives are often excerpted and anthologized, they are rarely collected in their entirety. Pioneers of the Black Atlantic is the first anthology to include the complete texts of the five most important and influential narratives of the eighteenth century. Included here are the writings of James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw, John Marrant, Ottobah Cugoano, Olaudah Equiano, and John Jea.Their stories, resonant still in our racially divided world, are landmarks in the history of autobiography and human rights.
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