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By Jennifer C. James

ISBN-10: 0807831166

ISBN-13: 9780807831168

ISBN-10: 0807858072

ISBN-13: 9780807858073

within the first finished learn of African American conflict literature, Jennifer James analyzes fiction, poetry, autobiography, and histories in regards to the significant wars waged ahead of the desegregation of the U.S. army in 1948. analyzing literature concerning the Civil conflict, the Spanish-American Wars, global warfare I, and global warfare II, James introduces various infrequent and understudied texts via writers similar 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 reminiscent of William Wells Brown, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and Gwendolyn Brooks mark a particular contribution to African American letters.

In setting up African American conflict literature as a long-standing literary style in its personal correct, James additionally considers the ways that this writing, headquartered because it is on moments of nationwide trouble, advanced debates approximately black id and African american citizens' claims to citizenship. In a provocative evaluate, James argues that the very ambivalence over using violence as a political software defines African American conflict writing and creates a compelling, contradictory physique of literature that defies effortless summary.

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