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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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The Intimate Civic

The Intimate Civic

The Disturbance of the Quotidian

(p.137) Chapter 4 The Intimate Civic
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 turns to the personal and in some cases domestic issues facing African Americans in the antebellum period. Turning from Douglass's classic 1845 Narrative to Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861)—which receives central consideration in this chapter—Barrett also considers Mary Prince's The History of Mary Prince, a West Indian Slave (1831), Ellen and William Craft's Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom (1860), and James C. Pennington's The Fugitive Blacksmith (1849) as antebellum representations of how African American bodies connect both public and private rights in the struggle for the abolition of slavery and thus are foundational to the subsequent civil rights movement.

Keywords:   personal issues, antebellum period, Harriet Jacobs, Mary Prince, Ellen Craft, William Craft, James C. Pennington, public and private rights, civil rights movement, African Americans

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