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Author: Christopher Hager
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2013.
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"One of the cruelest abuses of slavery in America was that slaves were forbidden to read and write. Consigned to illiteracy, they left no records of their thoughts and feelings apart from the few exceptional narratives of Frederick Douglass and others who escaped to the North--or so we have long believed. But as Christopher Hager reveals, a few enslaved African Americans managed to become literate in spite of all  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Hager
ISBN: 9780674059863 0674059867 9780674067486 0674067487
OCLC Number: 792886753
Description: 311 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Black Literacy in the White Mind --
The Private Life of the Literate Slave --
Writing a Life in Slavery and Freedom --
The Written We --
Petition and Protest in the Occupied South --
Black Ink, White Pages.
Responsibility: Christopher Hager.

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Consigned to illiteracy, American slaves left little record of their thoughts and feelings--or so we have believed. But a few learned to use pen and paper to make sense of their experiences, despite  Read more...

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