By Jennifer C. James
Within the first complete examine of African American struggle literature, Jennifer James analyzes fiction, poetry, autobiography, and histories in regards to the significant wars waged prior to the desegregation of the U.S. army in 1948. interpreting literature in regards to the Civil struggle, the Spanish-American Wars, international struggle I, and global struggle II, James introduces quite a number infrequent and understudied texts via writers equivalent to Victor Daly, F. furnish Gilmore, William Gardner Smith, and Susie King Taylor. She argues that works by means of those in addition to canonical writers akin to William Wells Brown, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and Gwendolyn Brooks mark a particular contribution to African American letters.
In constructing African American conflict 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 difficulty, complex debates approximately black id and African american citizens' claims to citizenship. In a provocative evaluation, James argues that the very ambivalence over using violence as a political device defines African American battle writing and creates a compelling, contradictory physique of literature that defies effortless summary.
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