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Witness to ReconstructionConstance Fenimore Woolson and the Postbellum South, 1873-1894$
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Kathleen Diffley

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781617030253

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617030253.001.0001

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Poking King David in His Imperial Eye/“I”

Poking King David in His Imperial Eye/“I”

Woolson Takes On the White Man’s Burden in the Postbellum United States

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(p.177) Poking King David in His Imperial Eye/“I”
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Witness to Reconstruction
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Carolyn Hall

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617030253.003.0011

This chapter examines Woolson’s “King David,” where David King contemplates what he will do in the South as a teacher in a new freedom school. His words reveal this white man’s enduring prejudice as well as his abolitionism. Enlisting Eric Cheyfitz’s sense of “translation,” the chapter reads a teacher of freedmen as the projected figure of Northern deliverance, and sees Reconstruction’s miscarriage as a savior’s comeuppance.

Keywords:   Constance Fenimore Woolson, Reconstruction, David King, prejudice, teacher, abolitionism

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