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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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Beyond Philadelphia

Beyond Philadelphia

The Reach of the Recorder, 1865–1880

(p.133) Chapter 4 Beyond Philadelphia
Unexpected Places

Eric Gardner

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter studies three examples of Recorder writers working within a much more complex sense of location, one which suggests a Philadelphia-based Recorder that was a sort of hub for writing for, from, and about more unexpected places: the letters of Sallie Daffin, the contributions of Lizzie Hart, and the serialized novel John Blye by “Will.” In this, the chapter differs from the rest of this study in several ways. It nominally focuses on perhaps one of the most “expected” locations for black literary activity, Philadelphia—a center of early African-American activism, educational opportunities, and church-related efforts. However, the real focus of this chapter is on ways in which authors from a much wider range of locations used Philadelphia as a publishing conduit to tell stories of both their own locations and of the nation.

Keywords:   sense of location, Sallie Daffin, Lizzie Hart, Will, black literary activity, Philadelphia

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