H-185c. African American Print Cultures in the Nineteenth-Century United States (6 hours) - Advance Reading List

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  • Primary Readings

    The Colored Conventions Project: Bringing 19th-Century Black Organizing to Digital Life, https://coloredconventions.org 

    Frederick Douglass’ Paper via Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/sn84026366/?st=calendar

    Jones, Absalom, and Richard Allen. A Narrative of the Proceedings of the Black People, during the Late Awful Calamity in Philadelphia, in the Year 1793: And a Refutation of Some Censures Thrown upon Them in Some Late Publications. Philadelphia: William W. Woodward, 1794. https://lccn.loc.gov/02013737; https://quod.lib.umich.edu/e/evans/N20688.0001.001?view=toc 

    Walker, David. Walker’s Appeal, in Four Articles: Together with a Preamble to the Colored Citizens of the World, but in Particular, and Very Expressly to Those of the United States of America. Boston: 1829 and 1830. 3 editions.

    Lee, Jarena. The Life and Religious Experience of Jarena Lee, A Colored Lady. Giving an Account of Her Call to Preach the Gospel. Revised and Corrected from the Original Mss., Written by Herself. 2nd Edition. Cincinnati: Printed and Published for the Author, 1839. https://books.google.com/books?id=I0w6abTkGe8C&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false 

    Lee, Jarena. Religious Experience and Journal of Mrs. Jarena Lee, Giving an Account of Her Call to Preach the Gospel, Revised and Corrected from the Original Manuscript Written by Herself. Philadelphia: 1849. https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=umn.319510011634661&view=1up&seq=7 

    Garnet, Henry Highland. Walker’s Appeal: With a Brief Sketch of His Life. New York: J.H. Tobitt, 1848. 

  • Secondary Readings

    Bassard, Katherine Clay. Spiritual Interrogations: Culture, Gender, and Community in Early African American Women’s Writing. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton UP, 1999. [Selections to be provided.]

    Clytus, Radiclani. “Visualizing in Black Print: The Brooklyn Correspondence of William J. Wilson aka ‘Ethiop’.” J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists 6, no. 1 (2018): 29–66. doi:10.1353/jnc.2018.0006

    Dinius, Marcy “‘Look!! Look!!! at This!!!!’: The Radical Typography of David Walker’s Appeal.PMLA 126, no. 1 (2011): 55–72. doi.org/10.1632/pmla.2011.126.1.55

    Ernest, John. Liberation Historiography: African American Writers and the Challenge of History, 1794–1861. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004.

    Fagan, Benjamin. The Black Newspaper and the Chosen Nation. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2016.

    Fanuzzi, Robert. Abolition’s Public Sphere. Minneapolis; London: University of Minnesota Press, 2003. 

    Foreman, P. Gabrielle, Jim Casey, and Sarah Lynn Patterson. The Colored Conventions Movement: Black Organizing in the Nineteenth Century. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2021. [Selections to be provided.]

    Leavell, Lori. “Recirculating Black Militancy in Word and Image: Henry Highland Garnet’s ‘Volume of Fire’.” Book History 20 (2017): 150–187. doi:10.1353/bh.2017.0005

    McHenry, Elizabeth. Forgotten Readers: Recovering the Lost History of African-American Literary Societies. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2002. [Selections to be provided.]

    Peterson, Carla L. “Mapping Taste: Urban Modernities from the Tatler and Spectator to Frederick Douglass’ Paper.” American Literary History 32, no. 4 (Winter 2020): 691–722. https://doi.org/10.1093/alh/ajaa028