Multiculturalism

Multiculturalism

Roots and Realities
Edited by C. James Trotman
Distribution: World
Publication date: 4/15/2002
ISBN: 978-0-253-10884-5
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Multi-culturalism
Roots and Realities

Edited by C. James Trotman

Examines the place of multiculturalism in our society.

The most meaningful support for multiculturalism has come from intellectuals, such as those represented in this book, who have discovered greater meaning about our American past by incorporating the concepts driving multi-culturalism. These essays engage the word and its meanings, as varied as they are, in an effort to add and expand on the dialogue for this ever-increasingly vital concept. However, Multiculturalism: Roots and Realities is not a book aimed at debates; instead, each essay generally makes use of multiculturalism as a way of examining history and social themes, while providing a broader and perhaps a deeper view of 19th-century American life and thought. The book’s general goal, which in fact belongs to all of us, is to recognize excellence in the cultures of the historically neglected, claim excellence where it is found, and position it so that it can contribute to a fuller understanding of the human condition.

Contributors include Susan Alves, Barbara J. Ballard, Jeannine DeLombard, Juniper Ellis, Joe B. Fulton, Henry Louis Gates, Richard E. Greene, Richard Hardack, Julie Husband, Gillian Johns, Verner D. Mitchell, Christine Palumbo-DeSimone, Janet Shannon, C. James Trotman, Matthew Wilson, and Julie Winch

C. James Trotman is Professor of English and founding director of the Frederick Douglass Institute at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. He is author of Langston Hughes: The Man, His Art, and His Continuing Influence.

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January 2002
320 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
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C. James Trotman is Professor of English and founding director of the Frederick Douglass Institute at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. He teaches courses in American literature and is the author of Langston Hughes: The Man, His Art, And His Continuing Influence.

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Table of Contents

Introduction. Multiculturalism: Roots and Realities, C. James Trotman

1. "The Lives Grown out of His Life: Frederick Douglass, Multiculturalism, and Diversity
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Part 1. Douglass and Slave Narratives
2. Frederick Douglass’s American "We"
Julie Husband
3. Adding Her Testimony: Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents As Testimonial Literature
Jeannine DeLombard
4. Water Rites: Navigating Passage and Social Transformation in American Slave and Travel Narratives
Richard Hardack

Part 2. Race and Slavery
5. James Forten and "The Gentlemen of the Pave": Race, Wealth, and Power in Antebellum Philadelphia
Julie Winch
6. David Walker,African Rights, and Liberty
Verner D. Mitchell
7. African American Protest and the Role of Haitian Pavilion in The Chicago World’s Fair of 1893
Barbara J. Ballard
8. Race, Womanhood, and the Tragic Mulatta: An Issue of Ambiguity
Christine Palumbo-DeSimone

Part 3. Images of Women
9. My Sisters Toil: Voice in Anti-Slavery Poetry by White Female Factory Workers
Susan Alves
10. Enacting Culture: Zora Neale Hurston’s Revision of Joel Chandler Harris
Juniper Ellis
11. Abby Kelley Foster: A Feminist Voice Reconsidered, 1810-1887
Richard E. Greene

Part 4. Exploring the Canon
12. African American Childhood in Early Philadelphia
Janet Shannon
13. Border Controls of Race and Gender: Crane’s The Monster and Chesnutt’s The Conjure Woman
Matthew Wilson
14. "Moral Authority," History, and the Case of Canonization: William Wells Brown’s Clotel and Clotelle
Gillian Johns
15. Mark Twain and the Multicultural Imagination
Joe B. Fulton