Living our stories, telling our truths : autobiography and the making of the African-American intellectual tradition
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- ISBN: 9780689121920
- ISBN: 068912192X
464 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
- Publisher: New York : Scribner, c1995.
Contents / Notes
Includes bibliographical references (p. 418-454) and index.
Defining matters of principle / Alexander Crummell -- To tell the truth freely / Ida Wells-Barnett -- The creative genius of the Negro / James Weldon Johnson -- In defense of the Black working class / Harry Haywood -- Conflicting blueprints for Black writing / Richard Wright and Zora Neale Hurston -- The autobiographical legacy of W.E.B. Du Bois -- The confessions of James Baldwin -- Malcolm X and the resurrection of the dead -- The creation of a Black literary aesthetic / Gwendolyn Brooks and Amiri Baraka -- The need for independent Black leadership / Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
|Summary, etc.:||The struggle for freedom has been at the core of the collective experience of African Americans in the United States, and autobiographies have provided personal accounts of what freedom meant and how it could be achieved. In the century-and-a-half between the publication of the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, in 1845, and that of Lorene Cary's Black Ice and Brent Staples's Parallel Time: Growing Up in Black and White in this decade, African Americans have used their personal experiences as a mirror to reflect the larger social and political context of black America. In bearing witness to the injustices they endured, the twelve writers examined in Living Our Stories, Telling Our Truths challenged American society's perceptions about itself and undermined its prejudices.|
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