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American Lazarus: Religion and the Rise of African American and Native American Literatures

Joanna Brooks

Abstract

The 1780s and 1790s were a critical era for communities of color in the new United States of America. Even Thomas Jefferson observed that in the aftermath of the American Revolution, “the spirit of the master is abating, that of the slave rising from the dust.” This book explores the means by which the very first black and Indian authors rose up to transform their communities and the course of American literary history. It argues that the origins of modern African American and American Indian literatures emerged at the revolutionary crossroads of religion and racial formation as early black an ... More

Keywords: black authors, Indian authors, American literary history, postslavery communities, racial identification, race, religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195332919
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195332919.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joanna Brooks, author
San Diego State University