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James M. Whitfield: The Poet of Slaves

Edward Whitley

in American Bards: Walt Whitman and Other Unlikely Candidates for National Poet

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807834213
eISBN:
9781469606354
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807899427_whitley.7
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter examines James M. Whitfield's perspective on the racial makeup of antebellum America, paying particular attention to his belief that African Americans were central—as opposed to ... More


American Bards: Walt Whitman and Other Unlikely Candidates for National Poet

Edward Whitley

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807834213
eISBN:
9781469606354
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807899427_whitley
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Walt Whitman has long been regarded as the quintessential American bard, the poet who best represents all that is distinctive about life in the United States. Whitman himself encouraged this view, ... More


Rhythm Nation: African American Poetics and the Discourse of Freedom

Ivy G. Wilson

in Specters of Democracy: Blackness and the Aesthetics of Politics in the Antebellum U.S.

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195337372
eISBN:
9780199896929
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195337372.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter extends the discussion of rhetoric and sound by considering issues of prosody to analyze how African American poets used songs and musical cadences to translate their political messages. ... More


Introduction

Edward Whitley

in American Bards: Walt Whitman and Other Unlikely Candidates for National Poet

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807834213
eISBN:
9781469606354
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807899427_whitley.6
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This book focuses on three relatively unknown antebellum poets—African American separatist James M. Whitfield, Mormon pioneer Eliza R. Snow, and Cherokee journalist John Rollin Ridge—and the ... More


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