Multiculturalism : Roots and Realities

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The most meaningful support for multiculturalism has come from intellectuals, such as those represented in this book, who have discovered greater meaning about the American past by incorporating the concepts driving multiculturalism. The essays in this book engage the word and its meanings, as varied as they are, in an effort to add and expand on the dialog for this ever increasingly vital concept. However, this is not a book aimed at debates. Instead, readers will immediately discover that the content of each essay generally makes use of multiculturalism as a way of examining history and social themes, while providing a broader and perhaps deeper view of nineteenth century American life and thought. One hopes, however, that the book will be a source of encouragement for others interested in the book's more general goal. That goal, which in fact belongs to all of us, is to recognise excellence found in the cultures of the historically neglected, but not exclusively, claim excellence where it is found, and position it so that it can contribute to a fuller understanding of the human condition. Contributors include Susan Alves, Barbara J. Ballard, Jeannine DeLombard, Juniper Ellis, Joe B. Fulton, Henry Louis Gates, Richard E. Greene, Richard Hardack, Julie Husband, Gillian Johns, Verner D. Mitchell, Christine Palumbo-DeSimone, Janet Shannon, C. James Trotman, Matthew Wilson, and Julie Winchshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 152 x 232 x 22mm | 439.99g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 1 b&w photos, 1 index
  • 0253214874
  • 9780253214874

About James Trotman

C. James Trotman is Professor of English and founding director of the Frederick Douglass Institute at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. He teaches courses in American literature and is the author of Langston Hughes: The Man, His Art, And His Continuing more

Table of contents

Introduction. Multiculturalism: Roots and Realities C. James Trotman "The Lives Grown out of His Life: Frederick Douglass, Multiculturalism, and Diversity Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Part 1. Douglass and Slave Narratives Frederick Douglass's American "We" Julie Husband Adding Her Testimony: Harriet Jacobs' Incidents As Testimonial Literature Jeannine DeLombard Water Rites: Navigating Passage and Social Transformation in American Slave and Travel Narratives Richard Hardack Part 2. Race and Slavery James Forten and "The Gentlemen of the Pave": Race, Wealth, and Power in Antebellum Philadelphia Julie Winch David Walker,African Rights, and Liberty Verner D. Mitchell African American Protest and the Role of Haitian Pavilion in The Chicago World's Fair of 1893 Barbara J. Ballard Race, Womanhood, and the Tragic Mulatta: An Issue of Ambiguity Christine Palumbo-DeSimone Part 3. Images of Women My Sisters Toil: Voice in Anti-Slavery Poetry by White Female Factory Workers Susan Alves Enacting Culture: Zora Neale Hurston's Revision of Joel Chandler Harris Juniper Ellis Abby Kelley Foster: A Feminist Voice Reconsidered, 1810-1887 Richard E. Greene Part 4. Exploring the Canon African American Childhood in Early Philadelphia Janet Shannon Border Controls of Race and Gender: Crane's The Monster and Chesnutt's The Conjure Woman Matthew Wilson "Moral Authority," History, and the Case of Canonization: William Wells Brown's Clotel and Clotelle Gillian Johns Mark Twain and the Multicultural Imagination Joe B. Fultonshow more

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