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From bondage to liberation : writings by and about Afro-Americans from 1700 to 1918
Berry, Faith.
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New York : Continuum, [2001]

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487 pages ; 24 cm
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PS509.N4 F76 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
PS509.N4 F76 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Black History Non-Circ

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Many of the authors in this collection have never been assembled together before. They represent both black and white voices, of different cultural backgrounds, from the beginnings of American history through the Dawn of the Harlem Renaissance.Until the late 1960s, the traditional American literary canon was segregated. Moreover, writings of widely anthologized authors rarely touched on race. Not until the 1980s did studies begin to reflect the multicultural diversity of the United States. Ironically, while mainstream anthologies became more inclusive and integrated, Afro-American literature collections concentrated on black authors excluded from the traditional Anglo-American canon.From Bondage to Liberation attempts a literary and cultural bridge across the racial divide. This book represents new and important views, through the lens of Faith Berry's narratives, of such well-known figures as Abraham Lincoln, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mark Twain, Frederick Douglass, and many others. It presents an unflinching, multifaceted examination of the literary history of race relations in the United States, and thereby gives us a better understanding of where we have come from spiritually, socially, and economically - and where we may be going.

Author Notes

Faith Berry has taught at Florida Atlantic University and the University of California, Santa Barbara

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 15
Acknowledgmentsp. 19
Part 1 From Slavery to the Civil War
From The Selling of Joseph (1700)p. 24
From Some Considerations on the Keeping Negroes: Part Second (1762)p. 27
"African Slavery in America" (1775)p. 31
From Notes on the State of Virginia (1785)p. 39
Letter to Marquis de Chastellux (1785)p. 43
A Letter to Thomas Jefferson (1791)p. 46
An Address to the Negroes in The State of New York (1787)p. 51
From The Interesting Narrative of the Life ... (1789)p. 61
An Address to the Public: ... for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery, and the Relief of Free Negroes ... (1789)p. 70
From A Thanksgiving Sermon on Abolition of the Slave Trade (1808)p. 73
"To Our Patrons"--Opening Editorial of Freedom's Journal (1827)p. 79
"On Slavery" (1838)p. 84
"On American Slavery" (1838)p. 85
From Article IV of David Walker's Appeal in Four Articles (1829-30)p. 88
"To the Public"--the Liberator's First Editorial (1831)p. 94
From Religion and the Pure Principles of Morality ... (1831)p. 98
From The Confessions of Nat Turner, the leader of the late insurrection in Southampton, Va. (1831)p. 103
From Domestic Manners of the Americans (1832)p. 109
From Swallow Barn; or, A Sojourn in the Old Dominion (1832)p. 112
From An Appeal in Favor of Americans Called Africans (1833)p. 120
From Justice and Expediency ... (1833)p. 123
From Democracy in America (1835)p. 128
From Slavery in the United States (1836)p. 131
From Appeal to the Christian Women of the Southern States (1836)p. 135
From American Slavery as It Is (1839)p. 139
A Letter to Brother Garrison [w/ Grace Douglass] (1839)p. 142
On "Colorophobia"--from a Letter in the Colored American (1841)p. 145
"An Address to the Slaves of the United States" (1843)p. 148
"The Rights of Women" (1848)p. 158
From Key to Uncle Tom's Cabin: "Poor White Trash" (1853)p. 162
From Sociology of the South (1854)p. 167
From Woodcraft; or, Hawks about the Dovecote ... (1854)p. 170
From The Political Destiny of the Colored Race (1854)p. 175
From Sketches of Places and People Abroad: The American Fugitive in Europe (1854)p. 181
From The Colored Patriots of the American Revolution (1855)p. 186
From Dred Scott Decision: Opinion of the Court (1857)p. 192
Slavery (1857)p. 202
From Truth Stranger Than Fiction: Father Henson's Story of His Own Life (1858)p. 206
Last Speech to the Virginia Court (November 2, 1859)p. 210
A Black Abolitionist in Defense of John Brown (November 18, 1859)p. 213
From A Plea for John Brown (1859)p. 219
An Exchange of Letters on American Citizenship (1859)p. 224
From Your Government--It Is Not Mine (1860)p. 228
From Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom (1860)p. 234
From The Cotton Kingdom: A Traveller's Observations on Cotton and Slavery in the American Slave States (1861)p. 238
From A Diary from Dixie (1861)p. 243
From Incidents in the Life of a Slave girl ... (1861)p. 249
From Chiefly about War Matters (1862)p. 254
Address on Colonization ... (1862)p. 258
Meditation on the Divine Will (1862)p. 262
Letter after a Visit to President Lincoln (1864)p. 266
From The Journal of Charlotte L. Forten (1863)p. 270
From Army Life in a Black Regiment (1870)p. 274
Part 2 From Radical Reconstruction to the Dawn of the Harlem Renaissance
From Speech to Eleventh National Women's Rights Convention (1866)p. 283
The Old Plantation (1877)p. 288
From The Black Woman of the South: Her Neglects and Her Needs (1883)p. 293
From Black and White: Land, Labor, and Politics in the South (1884)p. 297
From An Appeal to Caesar (1884)p. 305
From The Freedman's Case in Equity (1885)p. 311
The South as an Opening for a Career (1888)p. 319
Best Methods of Removing the Disabilities of Caste from the Negro (1892)p. 327
From An Imperative Duty (1892)p. 334
From A Voice from the South (1892)p. 344
From The Present Status and Intellectual Progress of Colored Women (1893)p. 348
From The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson (1894)p. 361
The Intervention of Peter (1898)p. 374
From Imperium in Imperio (1899)p. 381
From Stephen the Black (1899)p. 386
From The Negroes' Temporary Farewell to Congress (1901)p. 392
White Weeds (ca. 1903)p. 397
From As the Lord Lives, He Is One of Our Mother's Children (1903)p. 416
Has the Race the Element of Self-Salvation in It? (1903)p. 423
The Niagara Movement: The Men and Ideas behind Itp. 425
From The Niagara Movement "Declaration of Principles" (1905)p. 427
An Open Letter to Thomas Dixon, Jr. (1905)p. 432
"Brutal Burnt Offerings" (1909)p. 447
"A Call to Action"--the Advent of the NAACP (1909)p. 455
From The New Negro (1916)p. 462
From A Century of Negro Migration (1918)p. 467
Indexp. 473