By Eric Gardner

In January of 1861, at the eve of either the Civil conflict and the rebirth of the African Methodist Episcopal Church's Christian Recorder, John Mifflin Brown wrote to the paper praising its editor Elisha Weaver: "It takes our Western boys to steer off."

Weaver's tale, notwithstanding, like some of the contributions of early black literature outdoors of the city Northeast, has virtually vanished. Unexpected areas: moving Nineteenth-Century African American Literature recovers the paintings of early African American authors and editors corresponding to Weaver who've been left off maps drawn by means of historians and literary critics. person chapters repair to attention black literary destinations in antebellum St. Louis, antebellum Indiana, Reconstruction-era San Francisco, and a number of other websites tied to the Philadelphia-based Recorder in the course of and after the Civil War.

In dialog with either archival resources and modern scholarship, Unexpected Places demands a large-scale rethinking of the nineteenth-century African American literary panorama. as well as revisiting such better-known writers as William Wells Brown, Maria Stewart, and Hannah Crafts, Unexpected Places bargains the 1st serious concerns of significant figures together with William Jay Greenly, Jennie Carter, Polly Wash, and Lizzie Hart. The book's dialogue of actual destinations leads evidently to cautious examine of the way zone is tied to style, authorship, e-book situations, the black press, family and nascent black nationalist ideologies, and black mobility within the 19th century.

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