11. African American Literature and Culture and the American West

  1. Nicolas S. Witschi
  1. Michael K. Johnson

Published Online: 27 MAY 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444396591.ch11

A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West

A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West

How to Cite

Johnson, M. K. (2011) African American Literature and Culture and the American West, in A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West (ed N. S. Witschi), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444396591.ch11

Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Maine-Farmington, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 MAY 2011
  2. Published Print: 15 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405187336

Online ISBN: 9781444396591

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Keywords:

  • African American literature and culture - and the American West;
  • “My Mother Was a Slave” - Gordon's writing, consistent with other depictions of the black West;
  • jobs, in mining boom - Anna and John Gordon, emancipated slaves, of Kentucky or Missouri;
  • stories of vibrant, and larger-than-life historical figures - as Anna and Rose Gordon and Irwin Smith;
  • Peggy Riley, “The history of African Americans in the West, marginalized, ….westward movement”;
  • The Life and Adventures of James P. Beckwourth - experience, going unnoticed;
  • Joseph Young's Black Novelist as White Racist: The Myth of Black Inferiority in the Novels of Oscar Micheaux (1989);
  • African American historical experience - within genres of traditional western, or the historical novel;
  • accurate pictures of African American literary West - intellectual and aesthetic values, of multiple types of documents and narratives

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • References and Further Reading