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  • The Works of James M. Whitfield: America and Other Writings by a Nineteenth-Century African American Poet
  • Edited by Robert S. Levine and Ivy G. Wilson
  • 2011
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  • Published by: The University of North Carolina Press
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In this comprehensive volume of the collected writings of James Monroe Whitfield (1822-71), Robert S. Levine and Ivy G. Wilson restore this African American poet, abolitionist, and intellectual to his rightful place in the arts and politics of the nineteenth-century United States.

Whitfield's works, including poems from his celebrated America and Other Poems (1853), were printed in influential journals and newspapers, such as Frederick Douglass's The North Star. A champion of the black emigration movement during the 1850s, Whitfield was embraced by African Americans as a black nationalist bard when he moved from his longtime home in Buffalo, New York, to California in the early 1860s. However, by the beginning of the twentieth century, his reputation had faded.

For this volume, Levine and Wilson gathered and annotated all of Whitfield's extant writings, both poetry and prose, and many pieces are reprinted here for the first time since their original publication. In their thorough introduction, the editors situate Whitfield in relation to key debates on black nationalism in African American culture, underscoring the importance of poetry and periodical culture to black writing during the period.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Introduction
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  1. A Note on the Texts
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  1. PART I. America
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  1. CONTENTS
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  1. INTRODUCTION
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  1. AMERICA
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  1. CHRISTMAS HYMN
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  1. LINES ON THE DEATH OFJOHN QUINCY ADAMS
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  1. TO CINQUE
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  1. NEW YEAR’S HYMN
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  1. TO A. H.
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  1. LOVE
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  1. HOW LONG
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  1. THE ARCH APOSTATE
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  1. THE MISANTHROPIST42
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  1. A HYMN
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  1. YES! STRIKE AGAIN THATSOUNDING STRING 44
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  1. TO ———
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  1. PRAYER OF THE OPPRESSED
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  1. TO S. A. T.
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  1. DELUSIVE HOPE51
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  1. TO M. E. A.
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  1. A HYMN
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  1. SELF-RELIANCE57
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  1. ODE FOR THE FOURTH OF JULY
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  1. MIDNIGHT MUSINGS
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  1. ODE TO MUSIC60
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  1. STANZAS FOR THE FIRST OF AUGUST62
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  1. THE NORTH STAR63
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  1. PART II. Black Nationalism and Emigration
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  1. EXTRACTS FROM AN EULOGY DELIVEREDBEFORE THE BUFFALO LIBRARY ASSOCIATIONUPON THE LIFE AND CHARACTER OF THELATE THOMAS HARRIS, BY J. M. WHITFIELD
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  1. LETTER TO FREDERICK DOUGLASS,30 AUGUST 1849
  2. pp. 114-115
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  1. ARGUMENTS, PRO AND CON, ON THE CALLFOR A NATIONAL EMIGRATION CONVENTION
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  1. FROM THE VISION
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  1. MORNING SONG
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  1. REPORT ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A PERIODICAL,TO BE THE ORGAN OF THE BLACK AND COLOREDRACE ON THE AMERICAN CONTINENT
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  1. PROSPECTUS OF THE AFRIC- AMERICANQUARTERLY REPOSITORY
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  1. LINES
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  1. LETTER TO FRANK P. BLAIR, JR., 1 FEBRUARY 1858
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  1. LETTER TO THE PACIFIC APPEAL, 2 AUGUST 1862
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  1. PART III. Poems from California
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  1. ELEGY ON T. T. TATEM, ESQ. 1
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  1. TO A—. SKETCHING FROM NATURE2
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  1. A POEM
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  1. POEM
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  1. POEM23
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  1. Selected Bibliography
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469603506
Related ISBN(s)
9780807834459, 9780807871782, 9780807877814
MARC Record
OCLC
703236642
Pages
256
Launched on MUSE
2013-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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