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Sitting in Darkness: New South Fiction, Education, and the Rise of Jim Crow Colonialism, 1865-1920

Peter Schmidt


This book explores how fiction of the Reconstruction and the New South intervenes in debates over black schools, citizen-building, Jim Crow discrimination, and U.S. foreign policy toward its territories and dependencies. The author urges a reexamination not only of the contents and formal innovations of New South literature but also its importance in U.S. literary history. Many rarely studied fiction authors (such as Ellwood Griest, Ellen Ingraham, George Marion McClellan, and Walter Hines Page) receive generous attention here, and well-known figures such as Albion Tourgée, Frances E. W. Harpe ... More

Keywords: Reconstruction, New South, black schools, Jim Crow, discrimination, U.S. foreign policy, U.S. literary history, literary innovation, New Criticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9781934110393
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781934110393.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Schmidt, author