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Dark Victorians
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Dark Victorians illuminates the cross-cultural influences between white Britons and black Americans during the Victorian age. In carefully analyzing literature and travel narratives by Ida B. Wells, Harriet Martineau, Charles Dickens, Frederick Douglass, Thomas Carlyle, W. E. B. Du Bois, and others, Vanessa D. Dickerson reveals the profound political, racial, and rhetorical exchanges between the groups. From the nineteenth-century black nationalist David Walker, who urged emigrating African Americans to turn to England, to the twentieth-century writer Maya Angelou, who recalls how those she knew in her childhood aspired to Victorian ideas of conduct, black Americans have consistently embraced Victorian England. At a time when scholars of black studies are exploring the relations between diasporic blacks, and postcolonialists are taking imperialism to task, Dickerson considers how Britons negotiated their support of African Americans with the controlling policies they used to govern a growing empire of often dark-skinned peoples, and how philanthropic and abolitionist Victorian discourses influenced black identity, prejudice, and racism in America.

Table of Contents

  1. front cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction: Crossing the Big Water between White Victorians and Black Americans
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. 1. On Coming to America: The British Subject and the African American Slave
  2. pp. 13-43
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  1. 2. Hail Britannia: African Americans Abroad in Victorian England
  2. pp. 44-73
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  1. 3. Thomas Carlyle: Case Study of a Dark Victorian
  2. pp. 74-94
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  1. 4. W. E. B. Du Bois and the Victorian Soul of Black Folk
  2. pp. 95-126
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  1. Conclusion: Reconsidering Victorian Britain and African America
  2. pp. 127-136
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 137-142
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 143-153
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 166-177
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