A Freedom Bought with Blood: African American War Literature by Jennifer C. James

By Jennifer C. James

within the first accomplished research of African American warfare literature, Jennifer James analyzes fiction, poetry, autobiography, and histories concerning the significant wars waged ahead of the desegregation of the U.S. army in 1948. analyzing literature concerning the Civil struggle, the Spanish-American Wars, global conflict I, and global warfare II, James introduces a number of infrequent and understudied texts by way of writers reminiscent of Victor Daly, F. furnish Gilmore, William Gardner Smith, and Susie King Taylor. She argues that works by way of those in addition to canonical writers reminiscent of William Wells Brown, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and Gwendolyn Brooks mark a particular contribution to African American letters.

In developing African American battle literature as a long-standing literary style in its personal correct, James additionally considers the ways that this writing, situated because it is on moments of nationwide problem, complex debates approximately black identification and African american citizens' claims to citizenship. In a provocative evaluation, James argues that the very ambivalence over using violence as a political device defines African American warfare writing and creates a compelling, contradictory physique of literature that defies effortless summary.

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