By Jennifer C. James
Within the first finished research of African American struggle literature, Jennifer James analyzes fiction, poetry, autobiography, and histories concerning the significant wars waged ahead of the desegregation of the U.S. army in 1948. interpreting literature concerning the Civil battle, the Spanish-American Wars, global struggle I, and international warfare II, James introduces a variety of infrequent and understudied texts via writers akin to Victor Daly, F. supply Gilmore, William Gardner Smith, and Susie King Taylor. She argues that works by way of those in addition to canonical writers similar to William Wells Brown, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and Gwendolyn Brooks mark a particular contribution to African American letters.
In constructing African American warfare literature as a long-standing literary style in its personal correct, James additionally considers the ways that this writing, situated because it is on moments of nationwide challenge, advanced debates approximately black id and African americans' claims to citizenship. In a provocative review, James argues that the very ambivalence over using violence as a political software defines African American struggle writing and creates a compelling, contradictory physique of literature that defies effortless summary.
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