The Reach of the Recorder, 1865–1880
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.
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