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The practice of citizenship : Black politics and print culture in the early United States / / Derrick R. Spires

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Autore: Spires Derrick R. Visualizza persona
Titolo: The practice of citizenship : Black politics and print culture in the early United States / / Derrick R. Spires Visualizza cluster
Pubblicazione: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania : , : University of Pennsylvania Press, , 2019
Descrizione fisica: 1 online resource (353 pages)
Disciplina: 323.1196073
Soggetto topico: African Americans - Political activity - History - 18th century
African Americans - Political activity - History - 19th century
Citizenship - United States - History - 18th century
Citizenship - United States - History - 19th century
Citizenship in literature
American literature - African American authors - History and criticism
American literature - 18th century - History and criticism
American literature - 19th century - History and criticism
Soggetto genere / forma: Electronic books.
Soggetto non controllato: African Studies
African-American Studies
American History
American Studies
Cultural Studies
Nota di bibliografia: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Nota di contenuto: Front matter -- CONTENTS -- Introduction. Black Theorizing: Reimagining a "Beautiful but Baneful Object" -- Chapter 1. Neighborly Citizenship in Absalom Jones and Richard Allen's A Narrative of the Proceedings of the Black People During the Late and Awful Calamity in Philadelphia in the Year 1793 -- Chapter 2. Circulating Citizenship in the Black State Conventions of the 1840's -- Chapter 3. Economic Citizenship in Ethiop and Communipaw's New York -- Chapter 4. Critical Citizenship in the Anglo-African Magazine, 1859-1860 -- Chapter 5. Pedagogies of Revolutionary Citizenship -- Conclusion. "To Praise Our Bridges" -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index -- Acknowledgments
Sommario/riassunto: In the years between the American Revolution and the U.S. Civil War, as legal and cultural understandings of citizenship became more racially restrictive, black writers articulated an expansive, practice-based theory of citizenship. Grounded in political participation, mutual aid, critique and revolution, and the myriad daily interactions between people living in the same spaces, citizenship, they argued, is not defined by who one is but, rather, by what one does. In The Practice of Citizenship, Derrick R. Spires examines the parallel development of early black print culture and legal and cultural understandings of U.S. citizenship, beginning in 1787, with the framing of the federal Constitution and the founding of the Free African Society by Absalom Jones and Richard Allen, and ending in 1861, with the onset of the Civil War. Between these two points he recovers understudied figures such as William J. Wilson, whose 1859 "Afric-American Picture Gallery" appeared in seven installments in The Anglo-African Magazine, and the physician, abolitionist, and essayist James McCune Smith. He places texts such as the proceedings of black state conventions alongside considerations of canonical figures such as Frances Ellen Watkins Harper and Frederick Douglass. Reading black print culture as a space where citizenship was both theorized and practiced, Spires reveals the degree to which concepts of black citizenship emerged through a highly creative and diverse community of letters, not easily reducible to representative figures or genres. From petitions to Congress to Frances Harper's parlor fiction, black writers framed citizenship both explicitly and implicitly, the book demonstrates, not simply as a response to white supremacy but as a matter of course in the shaping of their own communities and in meeting their own political, social, and cultural needs.
Titolo autorizzato: The practice of citizenship  Visualizza cluster
ISBN: 0-8122-9577-3
Formato: Materiale a stampa
Livello bibliografico Monografia
Lingua di pubblicazione: Inglese
Record Nr.: 9910467550803321
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