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The Origins of African American Literature, 1680-1865
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Dickson D. Bruce argues that contrary to prevailing perceptions of African American voices as silenced and excluded from American history, those voices were loud and clear. Within the context of the wider culture, these writers offered powerful, widely read, and widely appreciated commentaries on American ideals and ambitions. The Origins of African American Literature provides strong evidence to demonstrate just how much writers engaged in a surprising number of dialogues with society as a whole.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xiii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Chapter 1: Background to an African American Literature, 1680–1760
  2. pp. 1-38
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  1. Chapter 2: The Age of Revolution, 1760–1800
  2. pp. 39-91
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  1. Chapter 3: Literary Identity in the New Nation, 1800–1816
  2. pp. 92-134
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  1. Chapter 4: The Era of Colonization, 1816–1828
  2. pp. 135-174
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  1. Chapter 5: The Liberator and the Shaping of African American Tradition, 1829–1832
  2. pp. 175-210
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  1. Chapter 6: Literary Expression in the Age of Abolitionism, 1833–1849
  2. pp. 211-256
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  1. Chapter 7: African American Voices in the American Crisis, 1850–1861
  2. pp. 257-300
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  1. Chapter 8: The War for Emancipation and Beyond
  2. pp. 301-314
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 315-334
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 335-360
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 361-374
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