The Resource To live an antislavery life : personal politics and the antebellum Black middle class, Erica L. Ball

To live an antislavery life : personal politics and the antebellum Black middle class, Erica L. Ball

Label
To live an antislavery life : personal politics and the antebellum Black middle class
Title
To live an antislavery life
Title remainder
personal politics and the antebellum Black middle class
Statement of responsibility
Erica L. Ball
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In this study of antebellum African American print culture in transnational perspective, Erica L. Ball explores the relationship between antislavery discourse and the emergence of the northern black middle class. Through innovative readings of slave narratives, sermons, fiction, convention proceedings, and the advice literature printed in forums like Freedom's Journal, the North Star, and the Anglo-African Magazine, Ball demonstrates that black figures such as Susan Paul, Frederick Douglass, and Martin Delany consistently urged readers to internalize their political principles and to interpret all their personal ambitions, private familial roles, and domestic responsibilities in light of the freedom struggle. Ultimately, they were admonished to embody the abolitionist agenda by living what the fugitive Samuel Ringgold Ward called an "antislavery life." Far more than calls for northern free blacks to engage in what scholars call "the politics of respectability," African American writers characterized true antislavery living as an oppositional stance rife with radical possibilities, a deeply personal politics that required free blacks to transform themselves into model husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, self-made men, and transnational freedom fighters in the mold of revolutionary figures from Haiti to Hungary. In the process, Ball argues, antebellum black writers crafted a set of ideals--simultaneously respectable and subversive--for their elite and aspiring African American readers to embrace in the decades before the Civil War
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Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
323.1196/073
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E185.18
LC item number
.B35 2012eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Race in the Atlantic world, 1700-1900
Label
To live an antislavery life : personal politics and the antebellum Black middle class, Erica L. Ball
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
African American advice literature and Black middle-class self-fashioning -- Slave narratives and the Black self-made man -- Antislavery discourse and the African American family -- Domestic literature and the antislavery household -- Transnationalism, revolution, and the Anglo-African magazine on the eve of the Civil War
Control code
ocn820009870
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xv, 175 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780820344676
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations
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  • 404582
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not applicable
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.b29006612
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unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)820009870
  • pebcs0820344672

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