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The Heirs of Jemmy

The Heirs of Jemmy

Slave Rebels in Nineteenth-Century African American Fiction

(p.116) Chapter 5 The Heirs of Jemmy
Calling Out Liberty
Jack Shuler
University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines the resonances of the Stono rebels’ calls of liberty in African American literature, focusing on the human rights claims made by early African American writers such as Phillis Wheatley, David Walker, Omar ibn Said, Olaudah Equiano, Martin Delany, Prince Hall, and Frederick Douglass. It explores how slaves who turned into rebels were depicted in nineteenth-century African American fiction, along with their struggle for liberty and dignity.

Keywords:   liberty, African American literature, human rights, Phillis Wheatley, Martin Delany, Frederick Douglass, slaves, rebels, dignity, Omar ibn Said

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