Doers of the Word

Doers of the Word : African-American Women Speakers and Writers in the North (1830-80)

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This is a study of ten 19th-century female African-American social activists, who were engaged in both deed and word in the most important reform movements of their time. It argues that these women were often hampered in their efforts by their exclusion from positions of power within the institutions of the black male elite. As a consequence, they sought and found sites of power in religious evangelicalism, travel, public speaking and fiction more

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  • Hardback | 293 pages
  • 154.94 x 236.22 x 27.94mm | 566.99g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • halftones, bibliography
  • 0195085191
  • 9780195085198

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"Peterson's book is pioneering. Unlike other literary critical discourses which can draw on long established traditions, Doers of the Word must define the very terms in which we think about African American women's texts. The brilliance and excitement of Peterson's book lie in its stunning originality and intellectual courage."--Elizabeth Ammons, Tufts University."In this meticulously researched and carefully crafted book, Carla Peterson reconstructs the antebellum and postbellum careers of eleven black activist women who publicly endeavored to conceptualize a home for African Americans in the political economy of the United States. By resisting the canonical privilege of the slave narrative and trans-historical notions of the black aesthetic, Doers of the Word recovers the ways in which these women exercised their contested agency in the civic arenas. Peterson reminds her readers in stunning detail just how heterogeneous the black community was in the nineteenth century and continues to be at the approach of the twenty-first."--Claudia Tate, George Washington University."Peterson's extensive and thorough analysis of these activist women's public adresses and writings is a fine work."--American Literature"This is literary scolarship and historical inquiry of a high order. A brilliant and inspiring achievement."--Sterling Stuckey, University of California, Riverside; author of Going Through the Storm and "ISlave Culture.Doers of the Word is an interesting, enlightening, and readable book..."--Multicultural Review..".this valuable study adds significantly to our understanding of the contributions made by black women to racial uplift efforts in the North."--Nineteenth-Century Literatureshow more

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