In an interdisciplinary study of black intellectual history at the dawn of the nineteenth century, Stefan M. Wheelock shows how black antislavery writers were able to counteract ideologies of white supremacy while fostering a sense of racial community and identity. The major figures he discussesOttobah Cugoano, Olaudah Equiano, David Walker, and Maria Stewartengaged the concepts of democracy, freedom, and equality as these ideas ripened within the context of racial terror and colonial hegemony. Wheelock highlights the ways in which religious and secular versions of collective political destiny both competed and cooperated to forge a vision for a more perfect and just society. By appealing to religious sensibilities and calling for emancipation, these writers addressed slavery and its cultural bearing on the Atlantic in varied, complex, and sometimes contradictory ways during a key period in the development of Western political identity and modernity.
|Publisher:||University of Virginia Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Stefan M. Wheelock is Assistant Professor of English at George Mason University.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Ottobah Cugoano, Liberty, and Modern Atlantic Barbarism 25
Chapter 2 Interesting Narratives, Civility, and the Problem of Freedom 59
Chapter 3 David Walker, False Grammars, and American Racial Inheritance 101
Chapter 4 Maria Stewart and the Paradoxes of Early National Virtue 141