During this entire quantity of the gathered writings of James Monroe Whitfield (1822-71), Robert S. Levine and Ivy G. Wilson repair this African American poet, abolitionist, and highbrow to his rightful position within the arts and politics of the nineteenth-century United States.
Whitfield's works, together with poems from his celebrated America and different Poems (1853), have been published in influential journals and newspapers, resembling Frederick Douglass's The North Star. A champion of the black emigration stream in the course of the 1850s, Whitfield used to be embraced through African americans as a black nationalist bard whilst he moved from his longtime domestic in Buffalo, manhattan, to California within the early 1860s. despite the fact that, via the start of the 20th century, his attractiveness had faded.
For this quantity, Levine and Wilson collected and annotated all of Whitfield's extant writings, either poetry and prose, and lots of items are reprinted the following for the 1st time due to the fact that their unique e-book. of their thorough creation, the editors situate Whitfield in terms of key debates on black nationalism in African American tradition, underscoring the significance of poetry and periodical tradition to black writing throughout the period.
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