Summary: William Wells Brown's Clotel (1853), the first novel written by an African American, was published in London while Brown was still legally regarded as "property" within the borders of the United States. The novel was inspired by the story of Thomas Jefferson's purported sexual relationship with his slave Sally Hemings. Brown fictionalizes the stories of Jefferson's mistress, daughters, and granddaughters - all of whom are slaves - in order to demytho
logize the dominant U.S. cultural narrative celebrating Jefferson's America as a nation of freedom and equality for all. The documents in this edition include excerpts from Brown's sources for the novel - fiction, political essays, sermons, and presidential proclamations; selections that illuminate the range of contemporary attitudes concerning race, slavery, and prejudice; and pieces that advocate various methods of resistance and reform.
Summary: William Wells Brown's Clotel (1853), the first novel written by an African American, was published in London while Brown was still legally regarded as "property" within the borders of the United States. The novel was inspired by the story of Thomas Jefferson's purported sexual relationship with his slave Sally Hemings. Brown fictionalizes the stories of Jefferson's mistress, daughters, and granddaughters - all of whom are slaves - in order to demythologize the dominant U.S. cultural narrative celebrating Jefferson's America as a nation of freedom and equality for all. The documents in this edition include excerpts from Brown's sources for the novel - fiction, political essays, sermons, and presidential proclamations; selections that illuminate the range of contemporary attitudes concerning race, slavery, and prejudice; and pieces that advocate various methods of resistance and reform. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:00 Cover: Publisher:St. Martins Press, Inc. Year Published: 2000 International: No
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Levine, Robert (Ed.) : University of Maryland
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PART ONE: CLOTEL; OR, THE PRESIDENT'S DAUGHTER: THE COMPLETE TEXT
Introduction: Cultural and Historical Background Chronology of Brown's Life and Times A Note on the Text and Annotations Clotel; or, The President's Daughter (1853)
PART TWO: CLOTEL; OR, THE PRESIDENT'S DAUGHTER: CULTURAL CONTEXTS
1. Sources and Revisions Thomas Jefferson, "Declaration" Frances Trollope, from Domestic Manners of the Americans William Goodell, "Sale of a Daughter of Tho's Jefferson" Anonymous, "Jefferson's Daughter" James McCune Smith, "Letter to Frederick Douglass' Paper" Frederick Douglass, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" Thomas Bacon, from Sermons Addressed to Masters and Servants Andrew Jackson, Two Proclamations Theodore Dwight Weld, from American Slavery As It Is William Wells Brown, "The New Liberty Party" William Wells Brown, "Singular Escape" Lydia Maria Child, "The Quadroons" Harriet Beecher Stowe, "The Quadroon's Story" Grace Greenwood, "The Leap from Long Bridge" William Wells Brown, from Narrative of William W. Brown Josephine Brown, from Biography of an American Bondman William Wells Brown, from Original Panoramic Views William Wells Brown, from Clotelle: A Tale of the Southern States William Wells Brown, from Clotelle; or, The Colored Heroine
2. Race, Slavery, Prejudice Thomas Jefferson, from Notes on the State of Virginia Benjamin Banneker and Thomas Jefferson, Letter Exchange, 1791 David Walker, from Walker's Appeal Henry Clay, from "African Colonization" Thomas R. Dew, from Review of the Debate in the Virginia Legislature John C. Calhoun, from "On the Reception of Abolition Petitions" Albert Barnes, from An Inquiry Into the Scriptural Views of Slavery Martin R. Delany, "Southern Customs--Madame Chevalier" Frederick Douglass, "Colorphobia in New York!" Josiah C. Nott and George R. Gliddon, from Types of Mankind Samuel A. Cartwright, from "Diseases and Peculiarities of the Negro Race" Daniel Webster, from "The Constitution and the Union" George Fitzhugh, from Sociology for the South Nehemiah Adams, from A South-Side View of Slavery Caroline Lee Hentz, from The Planter's Northern Bride Harriet Jacobs, "What Slaves Are Taught to Think of the North" Walt Whitman, "Prohibition of Colored Persons"
3. Resistance and Reform The Confessions of Nat Turner William Lloyd Garrison, "To the Public" Lydia Maria Child, from An Appeal in Favor of That Class of Americans Called Africans Angelina A. Grimké, from Appeal to the Christian Women of the South Frederick Douglass, "The Rights of Women" Sojourner Truth, "I Am a Woman's Rights" Maria W. Stewart, "An Address, Delivered at the African Masonic Hall" Samuel E. Cornish, "Responsibility of Colored People in the Free States" Frances E. W. Harper, "The Colored People in America" Henry Highland Garnet, "An Adress to the Slaves of the United States of America" National Convention of Colored People (1847), "Report of the Committtee on Abolition" Colored National Convention (1853), "Resolutions Adopted" Martin R. Delany, from "Political Destiny of the Colored Race on the American Continent" National Convention of Colored Men (1864), "Declaration of Wrongs and Rights" William Wells Brown, from St. Domingo: Its Revolutions and Its Patriots Henry David Thoreau, from "A Plea for Captain John Brown" William Wells Brown, "Battle of Milliken's Bend" William Wells Brown, from My Southern Home
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