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From the Publisher"Ernest writes with impressive authority: his mastery of the surprisingly voluminous body of early black public discourse and of the now substantial secondary literature on that discourse is obvious throughout."
— Journal of Southern History
"[Ernest's] keen analyses make these texts come alive again. . . . Make no mistake about it, this book should be challenging and instructive to the most sophisticated students of African American and American history."—###Journal of African American History#
"Places [Ernest] solidly at the forefront of [early African American literary studies], in league with our most careful, nuanced, and erudite scholars. . . . A unique work of scholarship that demonstrates what is possible when a scholar who is a serious student of literature and culture also becomes a serious student of history and historiography."
— American Historical Review
"Wide-ranging in its coverage and provocative in its conclusions, Liberation Historiography represents a much-needed addition to the growing literature on black historiography."
— Journal of American History
With its subtle, well-grounded contextual readings of a number of lesser-known historical texts, Ernest's work will serve as a valuable starting point for scholars and students conducting research in nineteenth-century African American culture.
Ernest knows the antebellum African American literary world, and knows it well. His book considerably deepens our appreciation for the rich tradition of African American historical thought and the forces that have shaped it.(Dickson D. Bruce Jr., University of California, Irvine author of The Origins of African American Literature, 1680-1865)
Ernest demonstrates that African Americans of the first half of the 19th century created a body of writing in which the spiritual, the historical, and the political are inextricably connected. He studies the representation of history in writings by David Walker, Martin R. Delany, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, William Wells Brown, and others.