By Jennifer C. James
Within the first accomplished examine of African American conflict literature, Jennifer James analyzes fiction, poetry, autobiography, and histories concerning the significant wars waged earlier than the desegregation of the U.S. army in 1948. interpreting literature concerning the Civil warfare, the Spanish-American Wars, international conflict I, and international conflict II, James introduces more than a few infrequent and understudied texts via writers akin to Victor Daly, F. supply Gilmore, William Gardner Smith, and Susie King Taylor. She argues that works via those in addition to canonical writers corresponding to William Wells Brown, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and Gwendolyn Brooks mark a particular contribution to African American letters.
In setting up African American warfare literature as a long-standing literary style in its personal correct, James additionally considers the ways that this writing, based because it is on moments of nationwide concern, advanced debates approximately black identification and African americans' claims to citizenship. In a provocative overview, James argues that the very ambivalence over using violence as a political tool defines African American warfare writing and creates a compelling, contradictory physique of literature that defies effortless summary.
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