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Searching for Jim : slavery in Sam Clemens's world

Autore: Terrell Dempsey
Editore: Columbia : University of Missouri Press, ©2003.
Serie: Mark Twain and his circle series.
Edizione/Formato:   Libro : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishVedi tutte le edizioni e i formati
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"Searching for Jim is the untold story of Sam Clemens and the world of slavery that produced him. Despite Clemens's remarks to the contrary in his autobiography, slavery was very much a part of his life. Dempsey has uncovered a wealth of newspaper accounts and archival material revealing that Clemens's life, from the ages of twelve to seventeen, was intertwined with the lives of the slaves around him." "During Sam's  Per saperne di più…
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Genere/forma: Biography
Informazioni aggiuntive sul format: Online version:
Dempsey, Terrell, 1954-
Searching for Jim.
Columbia : University of Missouri Press, c2003
(OCoLC)607024735
Persona incaricata: Mark Twain; Mark Twain; Mark Twain; Mark Twain
Tipo materiale: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Risorsa internet
Tipo documento: Book, Internet Resource
Tutti gli autori / Collaboratori: Terrell Dempsey
ISBN: 0826214851 9780826214850
Numero OCLC: 52471884
Descrizione: xvii, 316 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contenuti: A performance : Spring 1891, Hartford, Connecticut --
1839 --
Slavery and the Clemens family --
The abolition movement across the river --
The contest begins --
The trial of Thompson, Work, and Burr --
Judge John Marshall Clemens --
Slavery and the churches of Hannibal --
The theology of slavery --
The face of domestic slavery in Hannibal --
The siege begins --
The emancipation and colonization movement --
1849 and 1850 : terror in Marion County --
Sam Clemens and the press in slave culture --
Runaway slaves and slave resistance --
Battling abolitionists in the press : the enemy without --
Dehumanizing the slave in the press --
The slave trade in Hannibal --
Leaving Hannibal and taking a swipe at the abolitionists --
The great change : the railroad --
Steamboating days --
Sam Clemens comes back to fight.
Titolo della serie: Mark Twain and his circle series.
Responsabilità: Terrell Dempsey.
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"Searching for Jim is the untold story of Sam Clemens and the world of slavery that produced him. Despite Clemens's remarks to the contrary in his autobiography, slavery was very much a part of his life. Dempsey has uncovered a wealth of newspaper accounts and archival material revealing that Clemens's life, from the ages of twelve to seventeen, was intertwined with the lives of the slaves around him." "During Sam's earliest years, his father, John Marshall Clemens, had significant interaction with slaves. Newly discovered court records show the senior Clemens in his role as justice of the peace in Hannibal enforcing the slave ordinances. With the death of his father, young Sam was apprenticed to learn the printing and newspaper trade. It was in the newspaper that slaves were bought and sold, masters sought runaways, and life insurance was sold on slaves. Stories the young apprentice typeset helped Clemens learn to write in black dialect, a skill he would use throughout his writing, most notably in Huckleberry Finn." "Carefully reconstructed from letters, newspaper articles, sermons, speeches, books, and court records, Searching for Jim offers a new perspective on Clemens's writings, especially regarding his use of race in the portrayal of individual characters, their attitudes, and worldviews. This volume will be valuable to anyone trying to measure the extent to which Clemens transcended the slave culture he lived in during his formative years and the struggles he later faced in dealing with race and guilt. It will forever alter the way we view Sam Clemens, Hannibal, and Mark Twain."--BOOK JACKET.

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