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This Woman's WorkThe Writing and Activism of Bebe Moore Campbell$
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Osizwe Raena Jamila Harwell

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496807588

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2018

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496807588.001.0001

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A Novel Beginning: Campbell’s Emergence as a Fiction Writer with Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine

A Novel Beginning: Campbell’s Emergence as a Fiction Writer with Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine

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(p.67) Chapter Three A Novel Beginning: Campbell’s Emergence as a Fiction Writer with Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine
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This Woman's Work
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Osizwe Raena Jamila Harwell

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496807588.003.0003

Chapter three deepens Campbell’s story by considering the emergence of her first novel Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine. The content of Your Blues is connected to racial consciousness and concern for racial violence that Campbell develops as a college student during the Black Liberation period. The recurrent themes in Your Blues reveal a direct relationship to Campbell’s activism at the University of Pittsburgh. Finally, the chapter also highlights the emergence of Campbell’s signature style of integrating specific historical, social, and political themes into all her fictional writing.

Keywords:   Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine, Sharecropping, Migration, Historical memory, Lynching

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