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By Jennifer C. James

ISBN-10: 0807831166

ISBN-13: 9780807831168

ISBN-10: 0807858072

ISBN-13: 9780807858073

within the first complete learn of African American battle 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, global struggle I, and international conflict II, James introduces various infrequent and understudied texts by way of writers comparable to Victor Daly, F. provide Gilmore, William Gardner Smith, and Susie King Taylor. She argues that works by way of those in addition to canonical writers comparable to William Wells Brown, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and Gwendolyn Brooks mark a particular contribution to African American letters.

In developing African American conflict literature as a long-standing literary style in its personal correct, James additionally considers the ways that this writing, founded because it is on moments of nationwide concern, advanced debates approximately black id and African americans' claims to citizenship. In a provocative overview, 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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