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Family Bonds: Free Blacks and Re-enslavement Law in Antebellum Virginia

Ted Maris-Wolf

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9781469620077
eISBN:
9781469620091
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469620077.001.0001
Subject:
History, African-American History

Between 1854 and 1864, more than a hundred free African Americans in Virginia proposed to enslave themselves and, in some cases, their children. This book explains this phenomenon as a response to ... More


The Power of Apperception

Patricia Kitcher

in Kant’s Thinker

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199754823
eISBN:
9780199855889
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754823.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Kant introduces ‘apperception’ both as a principle that is presupposed in cognition and as a power or faculty that creates cognition. This chapter focuses on the power/faculty of apperception and ... More


Neon Griot: The Functional Role of Poetry Readings in the Black Arts Movement

Lorenzo Thomas

in Close Listening: Poetry and the Performed Word

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195109924
eISBN:
9780199855261
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195109924.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

The two most widely known African American poets before the 20th century were Frances Ellen Watkins Harper and Paul Laurence Dunbar. Harper was an accomplished elocutionist and Emerson's ... 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


Between the Lines: Literary Transnationalism and African American Poetics

Monique-Adelle Callahan

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199743063
eISBN:
9780199895021
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199743063.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, World Literature, Women's Literature

This book maintains that the poetic texts examined here constitute an active process of composing history; they are not simply historicized. They give name to the nation and compose of a historical ... More


. A Coming of Age

Michael Brian Schiffer

in Draw the Lightning Down: Benjamin Franklin and Electrical Technology in the Age of Enlightenment

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520238022
eISBN:
9780520939851
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520238022.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter investigates the major technologies developed by electrophysicists from 1740 to about 1800. The public presentation of science—electricity in particular—furnished opportunities to ... More


The Filmic Commune

Peter Starr

in Commemorating Trauma: The Paris Commune and Its Cultural Aftermath

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823226030
eISBN:
9780823240920
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823226030.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

The author's aim in this chapter is to examine the afterlife of this complex articulation of confusion, melancholy, and futurity in what are arguably the two most notable films in a surprisingly thin ... More


The Play: “Like You’re Through!”

Ethan Mordden

in All That Jazz: The Life and Times of the Musical Chicago

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2018
ISBN:
9780190651794
eISBN:
9780190860929
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190651794.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, American, History, Western

This chapter discusses the life and career of Chicago’s playwright, Maurine Watkins. Against the backdrop of the era at the time of Chicago’s writing, her profile suggests a breakaway personality. ... More


The Barber of Boydton

Ted Maris-Wolf

in Family Bonds: Free Blacks and Re-enslavement Law in Antebellum Virginia

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9781469620077
eISBN:
9781469620091
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469620077.003.0009
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter tells the story of Watkins (Watt) Leigh Love, an influential man who had gotten his start as the barber of Boydton and then amassed a small fortune as a self-enslaved entrepreneur. Like ... More


Literary Transnationalism and Diasporic History: Frances Watkins Harper's “Fancy Sketches,” 1859–60

Carla L. Peterson

in Women's Rights and Transatlantic Antislavery in the Era of Emancipation

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300115932
eISBN:
9780300137866
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300115932.003.0011
Subject:
History, Social History

This chapter examines the literary imagination of prominent black abolitionist Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, who was born free in Baltimore in 1825 and traveled extensively in the northeastern and ... More


Narrating Traumatic Experience in Civil War Memoir

John A Casey

in New Men: Reconstructing the Image of the Veteran in Late-Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780823265398
eISBN:
9780823266708
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823265398.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Unable to realize their prewar dreams of autonomous work and manhood, many veterans increasingly turned to the past for solace. However, their memories of the war were filled with reminders of the ... More


Racial Uplift and the Figure of the Black Soldier

John A Casey

in New Men: Reconstructing the Image of the Veteran in Late-Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780823265398
eISBN:
9780823266708
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823265398.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

In contrast to white soldiers, who were largely able to take the concepts of manhood and citizenship for granted, soldiers in the United States Colored Troops (USCT) struggled to prove to society not ... More


“Not Another ‘Poetess’”: Feminist Criticism, Nineteenth-Century Poetry, and the Racialization of Suicide

Tricia Lootens

in The Political Poetess: Victorian Femininity, Race, and the Legacy of Separate Spheres

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691170312
eISBN:
9781400883721
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691170312.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines struggles to define relations between “Victorian femininity” and racialized Poetess reception, focusing in particular on early, explicitly racialized meditations on the loss of ... More


Harper’s Hearts: “Home Is Never Natural or Safe”

Tricia Lootens

in The Political Poetess: Victorian Femininity, Race, and the Legacy of Separate Spheres

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691170312
eISBN:
9781400883721
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691170312.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines how Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, from her early invocation of the specter of the Poetess on the auction block to her late replacement of earlier “heart” tropes with the figure ... More


Journalist versus Advocate

Andrew E. Stoner

in The Journalist of Castro Street: The Life of Randy Shilts

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780252042485
eISBN:
9780252051326
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042485.003.0015
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gay and Lesbian Studies

Shilts begins to offer his first writing at length about the experience of lesbian women via “Conduct Unbecoming.” Shilts’s new book further unpacks cultural beliefs about the roles of men and women ... More


Unfinished Work

Andrew E. Stoner

in The Journalist of Castro Street: The Life of Randy Shilts

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780252042485
eISBN:
9780252051326
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042485.003.0016
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gay and Lesbian Studies

One of Shilts’s last interviews, with Steve Kroft from CBS’ 60 Minutes, considers his breakthrough role as a gay journalist. Shilts’s future plans for a book about alleged sexual abuse inside the ... More


. ‘This is not Hollywood!’: Peter Watkins and the Challenge of Amateurism to the Professional

John R. Cook

in Small-Gauge Storytelling: Discovering the Amateur Fiction Film

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780748656349
eISBN:
9780748684274
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748656349.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Between 1956 and 1962, Peter Watkins (1935-) made a series of groundbreaking amateur fiction films with the help of Playcraft, a local amateur dramatic society, based in Canterbury, Kent. Two of ... More


Church Must Go

Darius J. Young

in Robert R. Church Jr. and the African American Political Struggle

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780813056272
eISBN:
9780813058061
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813056272.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter discusses the influence of Church’s machine politics in Memphis by focusing on the election of Mayor Watkins Overton, and the resistance he experienced from white Memphians. On a ... More


. “All the Cooperation We Can Muster”

G. Wayne Dowdy

in Crusades for Freedom: Memphis and the Political Transformation of the American South

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734232
eISBN:
9781604734249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734232.003.0003
Subject:
History, Political History

This chapter explores the signs of change in Memphis from a commission-based local government to a council-mayor form of government. Watkins Overton, the former Memphis mayor, sought the mayor ... More


. “Why Didn’t Someone Tell Us This Before?”

G. Wayne Dowdy

in Crusades for Freedom: Memphis and the Political Transformation of the American South

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734232
eISBN:
9781604734249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734232.003.0004
Subject:
History, Political History

This chapter discusses the political landscape of Memphis, Tennessee after both politician Edward Hull Crump and Mayor Frank Tobey died. As the mayoral election drew nearer, the political machinery ... More


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