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Unexpected Places: Relocating Nineteenth-Century African American Literature

Eric Gardner


In January of 1861, on the eve of both the Civil War and the rebirth of the African Methodist Episcopal Church’s Christian Recorder, John Mifflin Brown wrote to the paper praising its editor Elisha Weaver: “It takes our Western boys to lead off. I am proud of your paper.” Weaver’s story, though, like many of the contributions of early black literature outside of the urban Northeast, has almost vanished. This book recovers the work of early African American authors and editors such as Weaver who have been left off maps drawn by historians and literary critics. Individual chapters restore to con ... More

Keywords: Civil War, Christian Recorder, John Mifflin Brown, Elisha Weaver, early black literature, African American authors, black literary locations, antebellum St. Louis, antebellum Indiana, Reconstruction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9781604732832
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604732832.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eric Gardner, author