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Unexpected PlacesRelocating Nineteenth-Century African American Literature$
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Eric Gardner

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781604732832

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604732832.001.0001

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Duty and Daily Bread

Duty and Daily Bread

(p.2) (p.3) Introduction Duty and Daily Bread
Unexpected Places

Eric Gardner

University Press of Mississippi

This book begins with a discussion of David Lewis’s speech addressing the Second Annual Convention of the Colored Citizens of the State of California in which he stated that a textual outlet like a newspaper might be as important to some antebellum black Americans as their “daily bread.” This, however, could have been offered by any number of nineteenth-century black writers now familiar to scholars and students. Lewis’s sense that black texts spoke to a broad “public sentiment” and not just to a “white sentiment” or to ideologies operating solely within African American communities could have been voiced by any number of these writers. Today’s readers may, however, find the physical location of Lewis’s speech disconcerting.

Keywords:   textual outlet, David Lewis, antebellum black Americans, daily bread, white sentiment

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