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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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The Black West

The Black West

Northern California and Beyond, 1865–1877

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(p.92) Chapter 3 The Black West
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Unexpected Places
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Eric Gardner

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604732832.003.0004

This chapter introduces the diverse group that made up black literary California through examining, briefly, William H. Newby and Philip Bell, and, in more depth, Jennie Carter and Thomas Detter. This chapter demonstrates the richness of this specific unexpected place presented by Cole’s letters, a richness tied to the fact that black San Francisco’s literary community was more long-lasting, more connected to eastern publishing venues and simultaneously more independent of them, and much more prolific than the communities studied in previous chapters. Black literary San Francisco is especially intriguing not only for its size, diversity, and impact, but also because its authors offered significant revisions to the conceptions of black locations and mobility considered in earlier chapters.

Keywords:   black literary California, William H. Newby, Philip Bell, Jennie Carter, Thomas Detter

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