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the Historical Mind of Emancipation: Writing African American History at the Dawn of Freedom, 1863–1882

Stephen G. Hall

in A Faithful Account of the Race: African American Historical Writing in Nineteenth-Century America

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807833056
eISBN:
9781469605364
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807899199_hall.8
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter examines the work of William Wells Brown and William Still, two prominent writers whose work reflected the past heroism and the future prospects of the African American race. Continuing ... More


The First (and Very Secret) International Steamship Cartel, 1850-1856

Edward W. Sloan

in Global Markets: The Internationalization of the Sea Transport Industries since 1850

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780968128848
eISBN:
9781786944801
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780968128848.003.0002
Subject:
History, Maritime History

This chapter explores the early history of the steamship cartel, following the rivalry between transatlantic shipping companies, the British and North American Royal Steam Packet Company, and the New ... More


Between Fiction and Experience: William Wells Brown’s

Tess Chakkalakal

in Novel Bondage: Slavery, Marriage, and Freedom in Nineteenth-Century America

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252036330
eISBN:
9780252093388
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252036330.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter reads William Wells Brown's preoccupation with marriage through both his fictional and autobiographical accounts of slavery. Generally believed to be the first novel by an African ... More


Choreographing Chaos: African American Literature in Time and Space

John Ernest

in Chaotic Justice: Rethinking African American Literary History

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807833377
eISBN:
9781469605074
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807898505_ernest.8
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter argues that Henry Box Brown's decision to conclude his 1851 Narrative by reprinting laws regulating slavery was not unique. Such reprintings frequently appear in slave narratives, ... More


Seaman Holmes and the Sinking of the William Brown

Hugo Adam Bedau

in Making Mortal Choices: Three Exercises in Moral Casuistry

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195108774
eISBN:
9780199852888
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195108774.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter discusses the case of the William Brown, a ship that struck an iceberg in 1841. Lacking lifeboats for all aboard, the crew was forced to decide whom to save: some passengers were thrown ... More


Chaotic Justice: Rethinking African American Literary History

John Ernest

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807833377
eISBN:
9781469605074
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807898505_ernest
Subject:
History, African-American History

What is African American about African American literature? Why identify it as a distinct tradition? This book contends that too often scholars have relied on naive concepts of race, superficial ... More


Experiments in Freedom: Fugitive Science in Transatlantic Performance

Britt Rusert

in Fugitive Science: Empiricism and Freedom in Early African American Culture

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781479885688
eISBN:
9781479804702
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479885688.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter turns to the history of racist and anti-racist science as it was expressed in transatlantic performance from the 1830s through the 1850s. It maps a genealogy of overlap and exchange ... More


William Wells Brown’s Critical Cosmopolitanism

Martha Schoolman

in Abolitionist Geographies

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680740
eISBN:
9781452948744
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680740.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter presents a reading of William Wells Brown’s travel narrative “Three Years in Europe” to examine the political and theoretical consequences of the abolitionist ambivalence toward British ... More


Truth Stranger than Fiction: African American Identity and (Auto)Biography

John Ernest

in Chaotic Justice: Rethinking African American Literary History

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807833377
eISBN:
9781469605074
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807898505_ernest.6
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter argues that William Wells Brown's complexly multitextual and multivocal performance in My Southern Home is largely a new iteration of his ongoing self-transformations, comprising a ... More


Introduction

Stephen G. Hall

in A Faithful Account of the Race: African American Historical Writing in Nineteenth-Century America

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807833056
eISBN:
9781469605364
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807899199_hall.4
Subject:
History, African-American History

This book begins by focusing on one of the earliest race histories of the postbellum period, The Rising Son; or, Antecedents of the Colored Race, authored by fugitive slave and abolitionist William ... More


In Plain Sight: Slavery and the Architecture of Democracy

John Levi Barnard

in Empire of Ruin: Black Classicism and American Imperial Culture

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780190663599
eISBN:
9780190663629
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190663599.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

This chapter elaborates three primary elements of “black classicism” that African American writers, editors, and activists would develop in relation to dominant modes of classicism and monumental ... More


Imitation Whiteness James Hewlett's Stage Europeans

Marvin McAllister

in Whiting Up: Whiteface Minstrels and Stage Europeans in African American Performance

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807835081
eISBN:
9781469602431
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807869062_mcallister.6
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter examines the aesthetics and politics of specific nineteenth-century stage Europeans crafted by James Hewlett, William Brown's most documented and celebrated company member. As one of ... More


Unadjusted Emancipations

Jason Berger

in Xenocitizens: Illiberal Ontologies in Nineteenth-Century America

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780823287758
eISBN:
9780823290529
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823287758.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter adds a consideration of the economic horizon to contemporary scholarship that examines the radical and, at times, emancipatory “entanglements” between slaves/ex-slaves and the ... More


National Reproduction and Clotel’s Queer Mulatta

Holly Jackson

in American Blood: The Ends of the Family in American Literature, 1850-1900

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199317042
eISBN:
9780199369256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199317042.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature, Women's Literature

This chapter offers a new reading of the “tragic mulatta” trope, arguing that William Wells Brown’s Clotel; Or, The President’s Daughter (1853) radically embraces the association of this figure with ... More


Novel Bondage: Slavery, Marriage, and Freedom in Nineteenth-Century America

Tess Chakkalakal

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252036330
eISBN:
9780252093388
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252036330.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This book unravels the interconnections between marriage, slavery, and freedom through renewed readings of canonical nineteenth-century novels and short stories by black and white authors. Situating ... More


The Power of the Word

J. R. Oldfield

in The Ties that Bind: Transatlantic Abolitionism in the Age of Reform, c. 1820-1866

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781789622003
eISBN:
9781800341708
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789622003.003.0004
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This Chapter looks at the role of paid anti-slavery agents or lecturers in raising public awareness about slavery. Strictly speaking, the agency system had its origins in Britain but it had its ... More


Amelia’s Bloomers: Bleak House Refashioned

Sarah Meer

in American Claimants: The Transatlantic Romance, c. 1820-1920

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780198812517
eISBN:
9780191894695
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198812517.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

This chapter draws on the discussions in chapter 4 (illegitimacy, links with British editors, Julia Griffiths’s role), to read the reprinting of Bleak House in Frederick Douglass’ Paper. This brings ... More


Singing Abolition

J. R. Oldfield

in The Ties that Bind: Transatlantic Abolitionism in the Age of Reform, c. 1820-1866

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781789622003
eISBN:
9781800341708
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789622003.003.0006
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This Chapter deals with a hitherto neglected aspect of anti-slavery opinion building, namely the role of anti-slavery songs. Hundreds of these songs – really abolitionist poems set to popular ... More


[Page 13] Narrative.

William Wells Brown

in Narrative of William W. Brown, an American Slave: Written by Himself

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807869598
eISBN:
9781469602882
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9780807869598.003.0001
Subject:
History, African-American History

This part of the book contains the antislavery narrative of William W. Brown. Brown was the son of a slave and a white man. In this narrative he describes his years as a slave and the treatment he ... More


A Stolen Life: Excerpts from the Narrative of William W. Brown, a Fugitive Slave, Written by Himself (1847)

James Marten

in Children and Youth in a New Nation

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814757420
eISBN:
9780814759851
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814757420.003.0014
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This chapter presents excerpts from a memoir written by William W. Brown, a former slave. His early life was shaped by two constants: the instability of his personal life and his determination to ... More


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