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Author Helwig, Timothy, author.

Title Cross-racial class protest in antebellum American literature / Timothy Helwig
Published Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, [2020]
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Description 1 online resource (x, 217 pages) : illustrations
Contents Black and White Artisan Heroes -- The Class Accents of Anti-Slavery Reform -- The Cross-Racial Appeal of Nativism -- Class-Accented Sensationalism in the Black and Popular Presses -- Coda
Summary "Historians have long claimed that the antebellum white working class viewed blacks, both free and slave, not as allies but enemies. While it is true that racial and ethnic strife among northern workers prevented an effective labor movement from materializing in America prior to the Civil War, Cross-Racial Class Protest in Antebellum American Literature demonstrates that a considerable subset of white and black writers were able to imagine cross-racial solidarity in the sensation novels and serial fiction, slave narratives, autobiographies, speeches, and newspaper editorials that they penned. Timothy Helwig analyzes the shared strategies of class protest in popular and canonical texts from a range of antebellum white and black American authors, including George Lippard, Ned Buntline, Harry Hazel, Frederick Douglass, William Wells Brown, and Frank J. Webb. This pathbreaking study offers original perspectives on racial representations in antebellum American print culture and provides a new understanding of black and white authors' strivings for socioeconomic justice across racial lines in the years leading up to the Civil War"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject African Americans in literature.
American literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Race relations in literature.
Social classes in literature.
Working class in literature.
Working class writings, American -- History and criticism.
African Americans in literature.
American literature.
Arbeiter Motiv
Ethnische Beziehungen Motiv
Race relations in literature.
Schwarze Motiv
Social classes in literature.
Soziale Klasse Motiv
Working class in literature.
Working class writings, American.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1613767420