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From Slave Cabins to the White House: Homemade Citizenship in African American Culture

Koritha Mitchell


This book argues for a new reading practice. Rather than approach art and literature from marginalized groups as examples of protest or as responses to “dominant” culture, it demonstrates the power of reading through the lens of achievement, using case studies from black expressive culture. Even while bombarded with racist and sexist violence, African Americans remain focused on defining, redefining, and pursuing success. By examining canonical examples of black women’s cultural production, this study reveals how African Americans keep each other oriented toward accomplishment through an ongoi ... More

Keywords: reading practice, protest, success, community conversation, African Americans, making-oneself-at-home, Harriet Jacobs, Elizabeth Keckley, Frances E. W. Harper, Pauline Hopkins

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780252043321
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252043321.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Koritha Mitchell, author
The Ohio State University