Chapter 7. The 1850s: The First Renaissance of Black Letters

  1. Gene Andrew Jarrett Associate Professor of English former Acting Director
  1. Maurice S. Lee Associate Professor of English

Published Online: 30 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444323474.ch7

A Companion to African American Literature

A Companion to African American Literature

How to Cite

Lee, M. S. (2010) The 1850s: The First Renaissance of Black Letters, in A Companion to African American Literature (ed G. A. Jarrett), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444323474.ch7

Editor Information

  1. Boston University, England

Author Information

  1. Boston University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 9 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405188623

Online ISBN: 9781444323474

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Keywords:

  • the 1850s: the first Renaissance of Black Letters;
  • Mexican-American War - 1846 – 1848;
  • antislavery movement - formidable transatlantic force supporting many black abolitionist writers;
  • antebellum slave narratives - offering important transatlantic perspectives of a different sort;
  • rise of the African American novel - 1850s;
  • debates on a Mississippi plantation - asserting the philosophical, political, legal, and religious claims of blacks;
  • writings in the African American press before Civil War - anonymous, ephemeral, journalistic, and difficult to mobilize

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Transforming the Slave Narrative

  • The Rise of the African American Novel

  • The African American Press

  • Bibliography