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The Resource "Doers of the word" : African-American women speakers and writers in the North (1830-1880), Carla L. Peterson

"Doers of the word" : African-American women speakers and writers in the North (1830-1880), Carla L. Peterson

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"Doers of the word" : African-American women speakers and writers in the North (1830-1880)
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"Doers of the word"
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African-American women speakers and writers in the North (1830-1880)
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Carla L. Peterson
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eng
Summary
Adapting a verse from the Epistle of James - "doers of the word"--Nineteenth-century black women activists Sojourner Truth, Jarena Lee, and Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, among others, travelled throughout the Northeastern, Mid-Atlantic, and Midwestern regions of the United States. They preached, lectured, and wrote on issues of religious evangelicism, abolition, racial uplift, moral reform, temperance, and women's rights, thereby defining themselves as public intellectuals. In situating these women within the emerging African-American urban communities of the free North, Doers of the Word provides an important counterweight to the vast scholarship on Southern slavery and argues that black "Civil Rights movements" cannot be seen as a purely modern phenomenon. In particular, the book examines the ways in which this Northern black population, despite its heterogeneity, came together and established social organizations that would facilitate community empowerment; yet Peterson's analysis also acknowledges, and seeks to explain, the highly complex relationship of black women to these institutions, a relationship that rendered their stance as public intellectuals all the more bold and defiant. Peterson begins her study in the 1830s, when a substantial body of oratory and writing by black women first emerged, and traces the development of this writing through the shifting political climate up to the end of Reconstruction. She builds her analyses upon Foucault's interdisciplinary model of discourse with an explicitly feminist approach, drawing upon sermons, spiritual autobiographies, travel and slave narratives, journalism, essays, poetry, speeches, and fiction. From these, Peterson is able to answer several key questions. First, what empowered these women to act, to speak out, and to write? Why, and in what ways, were they marginalized within both the African-American and larger American communities? Where did they act, speak, and write from? How did they negotiate the power relations of sexism and racism in their work? And, lastly, how might one distinguish between their social action and its literary representation? In seeking to answer these questions, Peterson herself may be seen as a "doer of the word," carrying forward the legacy of these nineteenth-century black women activists
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1944-
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Peterson, Carla L.
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Race and American culture
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  • American prose literature
  • American prose literature
  • American prose literature
  • American prose literature
  • Women and literature
  • African American women social reformers
  • Social problems
  • African American women
  • African Americans
  • African American women in literature
  • African Americans in literature
  • Social problems in literature
  • Race in literature
Label
"Doers of the word" : African-American women speakers and writers in the North (1830-1880), Carla L. Peterson
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 259-271) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • "Doers of the word": theorizing African-American women speakers and writers in the antebellum North
  • "A sign unto this nation": sojourner truth, history, orature, and modernity
  • "Humble instruments in the hands of God": Maria Stewart, Jarena Lee, and the economy of spiritual narrative
  • "Coloured tourists": Nancy Prince, Mary Ann Shadd Cary, ethnographic writing, and the question of home
  • Whatever concerns them, as a race, concerns me": the oratorical careers of Frances Ellen Watkins Harper and Sarah Parker Remond
  • "Forced to some experiment": novelization in the writings of Harriet A. Jacobs, Harriet E. Wilson, and Frances Ellen Watkins Harper -- Seeking the "Writable": Charlotte Forten and the problem of narration
  • Home/Nation/Institutions: African-American women and the work of Reconstruction (1863-1880)
Control code
30518589
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 284 pages
Isbn
9780195085198
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
94017670
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1651330
Label
"Doers of the word" : African-American women speakers and writers in the North (1830-1880), Carla L. Peterson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 259-271) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • "Doers of the word": theorizing African-American women speakers and writers in the antebellum North
  • "A sign unto this nation": sojourner truth, history, orature, and modernity
  • "Humble instruments in the hands of God": Maria Stewart, Jarena Lee, and the economy of spiritual narrative
  • "Coloured tourists": Nancy Prince, Mary Ann Shadd Cary, ethnographic writing, and the question of home
  • Whatever concerns them, as a race, concerns me": the oratorical careers of Frances Ellen Watkins Harper and Sarah Parker Remond
  • "Forced to some experiment": novelization in the writings of Harriet A. Jacobs, Harriet E. Wilson, and Frances Ellen Watkins Harper -- Seeking the "Writable": Charlotte Forten and the problem of narration
  • Home/Nation/Institutions: African-American women and the work of Reconstruction (1863-1880)
Control code
30518589
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 284 pages
Isbn
9780195085198
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
94017670
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1651330

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