A Freedom Bought with Blood: African American War Literature by Jennifer C. James

By Jennifer C. James

within the first accomplished learn of African American struggle literature, Jennifer James analyzes fiction, poetry, autobiography, and histories concerning the significant wars waged ahead of the desegregation of the U.S. army in 1948. reading literature concerning the Civil struggle, the Spanish-American Wars, international struggle I, and international conflict II, James introduces a variety of infrequent and understudied texts by way of writers similar to Victor Daly, F. provide Gilmore, William Gardner Smith, and Susie King Taylor. She argues that works through those in addition to canonical writers akin to William Wells Brown, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and Gwendolyn Brooks mark a particular contribution to African American letters.

In constructing African American struggle literature as a long-standing literary style in its personal correct, James additionally considers the ways that this writing, based because it is on moments of nationwide situation, advanced debates approximately black identification and African american citizens' claims to citizenship. In a provocative overview, James argues that the very ambivalence over using violence as a political tool defines African American struggle writing and creates a compelling, contradictory physique of literature that defies effortless summary.

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