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Racial Blackness and the Discontinuity of Western Modernity$
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Lindon Barrett

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038006

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038006.001.0001

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Captivity, Desire, Trade

Captivity, Desire, Trade

The Forging of National Form

(p.72) Chapter 3 Captivity, Desire, Trade
Racial Blackness and the Discontinuity of Western Modernity

Lindon Barrett

, Justin A. Joyce, Dwight A. Mcbride, John Carlos Rowe
University of Illinois Press

This chapter continues the discussion of Equiano/Vassa's autobiography, focusing on its role in the literary tradition as the most important eighteenth-century slave narrative in order for Barrett to set up the long tradition of the fugitive slave narrative in its pre-classic (prior to 1800), classic (1830–1865), and postbellum (1865 and later) versions. It then turns to a number of fugitive slave narratives and related abolitionist texts from the classic period: William Grimes's Narrative of the Life of William Grimes, the Runaway Slave (1855); James Bradley's 1835 journalistic account of his own enslavement; David Walker's Appeal to the Colored Citizens of the World, but in Particular, and Very Expressly to Those of the United States of America (1829); Frederick Douglass's Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself (1845) and My Bondage and My Freedom (1855).

Keywords:   Olaudah Equiano, Gustavus Vassa, fugitive slave narratives, abolitionist texts, William Grimes, James Bradley, David Walker, Frederick Douglass, African American texts, antebellum politics

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