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A Faithful Account of the RaceAfrican American Historical Writing in Nineteenth-Century America$
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Stephen G. Hall

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780807833056

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807899199_hall

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the Historical Mind of Emancipation

the Historical Mind of Emancipation

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

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(p.123) Chapter 4 the Historical Mind of Emancipation
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A Faithful Account of the Race
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Stephen G. Hall

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807899199_hall.8

This chapter examines the work of William Wells Brown and William Still, two prominent writers whose work reflected the past heroism and the future prospects of the African American race. Continuing to build upon the traditions established by antebellum writers, Brown produced three seminal works on the black experience in the early postbellum period: The Black Man, His Antecedents, His Genius, and His Achievements, The Negro in the American Rebellion: His Heroism and His Fidelity, and The Rising Son: The Antecedents and Achievements of the Colored Race. Not only do these works represent three specific types of historical production—the biographical catalog, military history, and race history—they also offer critical insights into Brown's hemispheric and diasporic visions at midcentury.

Keywords:   William Wells Brown, William Still, past heroism, future prospects, African American race

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