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

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

by Stephen G. Hall
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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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Editorial Reviews

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Stephen G. Hall provides a solid introduction to early African American historical writing, reflecting a reverence for, and a mastery of, his subject.—Journal of Southern History

Highly recommended.—Choice

The book's immense strength lies in its breadth and expansiveness. In conducting a chronological examination . . . Hall is able to present a wide range of understudied texts. . . . Critically important to the development and evolution of African American historiography.—Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography

Provocative, groundbreaking, interdisciplinary historical methodology.—African American Review

Extensively researched and well written, this monograph does more than establish the credibility of nineteenth-century black historical writings. Hall successfully locates the professionalization of black history within a continuum that stretches back to the early republic.—American Historical Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807899199
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
10/15/2009
Series:
John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
File size:
1 MB

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In perhaps the most thorough examination of African American historical writing and consciousness in the last decade, Hall considers the evolving scope and intent of black history writing during the long nineteenth century, the nature of black cultural production both before and after the Civil War, and black history writers' attempts to engage the wider world of biblical hermeneutics, enlightenment thought, and romantic idealism while at the same time sharpening the very meaning of black historical consciousness. Hall's writing is sharp, and his research is deep and learned.—Richard S. Newman, author of The Transformation of American Abolitionism: Fighting Slavery in the Early Republic

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