A Faithful Account of the Race: African American Historical Writing in Nineteenth-Century America / Edition 1

A Faithful Account of the Race: African American Historical Writing in Nineteenth-Century America / Edition 1

by Stephen G. Hall
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807859672

ISBN-13: 9780807859674

Pub. Date: 10/15/2009

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

The civil rights and black power movements expanded popular awareness of the history and culture of African Americans. But, as Stephen Hall observes, African American authors, intellectuals, ministers, and abolitionists had been writing the history of the black experience since the 1800s. With this book, Hall recaptures and reconstructs a rich but largely

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The civil rights and black power movements expanded popular awareness of the history and culture of African Americans. But, as Stephen Hall observes, African American authors, intellectuals, ministers, and abolitionists had been writing the history of the black experience since the 1800s. With this book, Hall recaptures and reconstructs a rich but largely overlooked tradition of historical writing by African Americans.

Hall charts the origins, meanings, methods, evolution, and maturation of African American historical writing from the period of the Early Republic to the twentieth-century professionalization of the larger field of historical study. He demonstrates how these works borrowed from and engaged with ideological and intellectual constructs from mainstream intellectual movements including the Enlightenment, Romanticism, Realism, and Modernism. Hall also explores the creation of discursive spaces that simultaneously reinforced and offered counternarratives to more mainstream historical discourse. He sheds fresh light on the influence of the African diaspora on the development of historical study. In so doing, he provides a holistic portrait of African American history informed by developments within and outside the African American community.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807859674
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
10/15/2009
Series:
The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture
Edition description:
1
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 Troubling the Pages of Historians

African American Intellectuals and Historical Writing in the Early Republic, 1817-1837 17

2 To Present a Just View of Our Origin

Creating an African American Historical Discourse, 1837-1850 49

3 The Destiny of the Colored People

African American History between Compromise and Jubilee, 1850-1863 86

4 The Historical Mind of Emancipation

Writing African American History at the Dawn of Freedom, 1863-1882 123

5 Advancement in Numbers, Knowledge, and Power

African American History in Post-Reconstruction America, 1883-1915 151

6 To Smite the Rock of Knowledge

The Black Academy and the Professionalization of History 188

Conclusion 227

Notes 235

Bibliography 291

Index 327

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