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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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Frontiers and Domestic Centers

Frontiers and Domestic Centers

Black Indiana, 1857–1862

(p.56) Chapter 2 Frontiers and Domestic Centers
Unexpected Places

Eric Gardner

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter presents the story of the fragility of black literary communities appearing in unexpected places—in particular, the story of the ultimate disintegration of the Indiana base of the Repository. With the Recorder in Philadelphia and the Repository resettled in Baltimore, Weaver and Brown soon became somewhat-hesitant participants in a debate about whether the church could support two periodicals. This chapter examines the arguments swirling around the Recorder’s rebirth and the Repository’s demise; within this context, it closes with a contrastive reading of recently rediscovered Repository texts by early black activist Maria W. Stewart and Weaver’s later travel writing for the Recorder. It focuses not only on the varying conceptions of the West as a site of a version of the domesticated black frontier that John Berry Meachum alluded to in his Address but also on two symbiotic forms of black mobility, that of the ever-striving settlers and that of itinerant ministers.

Keywords:   black literary communities, Repository, Recorder, Weaver, Brown, Maria W. Stewart

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