Jupiter Hammon and the Biblical Beginnings of African-American Literature - ATLA Monograph Series 28 (Hardback)
  • Jupiter Hammon and the Biblical Beginnings of African-American Literature - ATLA Monograph Series 28 (Hardback)
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Jupiter Hammon and the Biblical Beginnings of African-American Literature - ATLA Monograph Series 28 (Hardback)

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Hardback 305 Pages / Published: 01/05/1993
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This critical edition of the works of Jupiter Hammon, the first black writer in America, modernized for 20th-century readers, includes vital background on Jupiter Hammon's life and times. Lack of information on striking similarities between northern slavery (particularly in Hammon's home state, New York) and the southern colonies, and on the slaves' survival strategies, has led to misinterpretation and lack of evaluation of works by 18th-century slave writers like Hammon, Wheatley, Occum, Equiano, and others. Equally important is the explication of Biblical symbolism that these writers used in surreptitious code to inspire rebellion against slavery.

Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 9780810824799
Number of pages: 305
Weight: 490 g
Dimensions: 219 x 151 x 22 mm


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...O'Neale supports her claims by giving excellent analyses of the poems and prose that show how Hammon delivered his real message through the use if masking devices, mostly accomplished by employing biblical rhetoric and imagery. Recommended for all students and researchers of African American studies. * CHOICE *
Not often does a literary analysis offer clarification and insight of prevailing historical analysis. But that is precisely what...O'Neale's analysis...does...forces us to reckon with a liberation theology among black Americans originating in 18th-century structures of domination. * Cynthia Hamilton, Director, African and Afro-American Studi *
Clearly and rightly interprets his writings as the earliest anti-slavery protest published by a black person...places Hammon's writings in their widest possible context...a much needed corrective to many years of misinterpretation and misinformation. -- John C. Diamond, Andrew W. Mellon Professor Of Systematic T

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