The Works of James M. Whitfield

America and Other Writings by A Nineteenth-century African American Poet
The Works of James M. Whitfield

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The University of North Carolina Press
In this comprehensive volume of the collected writings of James Monroe Whitfield (1822-71), Robert S. Levine and Ivy G. Wilson restore this African American poet, abolitionist, and intellectual to his rightful place in the arts and politics of the nineteenth-century United States.

Whitfield's works, including poems from his celebrated America and Other Poems (1853), were printed in influential journals and newspapers, such as Frederick Douglass's The North Star. A champion of the black emigration movement during the 1850s, Whitfield was embraced by African Americans as a black nationalist bard when he moved from his longtime home in Buffalo, New York, to California in the early 1860s. However, by the beginning of the twentieth century, his reputation had faded.

For this volume, Levine and Wilson gathered and annotated all of Whitfield's extant writings, both poetry and prose, and many pieces are reprinted here for the first time since their original publication. In their thorough introduction, the editors situate Whitfield in relation to key debates on black nationalism in African American culture, underscoring the importance of poetry and periodical culture to black writing during the period.

Works of James M. Whitfield: America and Other Writings by a Nineteenth-Century African American Poet

Authors: Whitfield, James Monroe, 1822-1871
Statement of Responsibility: edited by Robert S. Levine & Ivy G. Wilson
Title: The works of James M. Whitfield
America and other writings by a nineteenth-century African American poet
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2011
Characteristics: x, 239 p. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 237-239)
Subject Headings: African Americans Intellectual life 19th century Literary collections American poetry 19th century American poetry African American authors African Americans Literary collections
Topical Term: African Americans
American poetry
American poetry
African Americans
Additional Contributors: Wilson, Ivy G.
Levine, Robert S. (Robert Steven), 1953-
Whitfield, James Monroe 1822-1871
LCCN: 2010022656
ISBN: 0807871788
Branch Call Number: 818 Whitfield
Research Call Number: Sc E 11-264
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