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From Slave Cabins to the White HouseHomemade Citizenship in African American Culture$
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Koritha Mitchell

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043321

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043321.001.0001

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Still the Master’s House?

Still the Master’s House?

(p.153) Chapter 5 Still the Master’s House?
From Slave Cabins to the White House

Koritha Mitchell

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines novels that revisit slavery: Kindred (1979) by Octavia Butler and Beloved (1987) by Toni Morrison. These texts exemplify black women’s attempts in the 1970s and 1980s to create spaces of empowerment for modern women and places of honor for women ancestors at a time when Alex Haley’s Roots and Kunta Kinte had overtaken the community conversation. Butler and Morrison expose the damage done when African Americans assume female forebears had functioned primarily as race traitors and matriarchs. Their novels suggest that black success requires more nuanced understandings of how the past affects the present. [97 of 125]

Keywords:   Octavia Butler, Toni Morrison, Alex Haley, Roots, Kunta Kinte, race traitors, matriarchs, success, community conversation, African Americans, slavery

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