The War on Words: Slavery, Race, and Free Speech in American Literature

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How did slavery and race impact American literature in the nineteenth century? In this ambitious book, Michael T. Gilmore argues that they were the carriers of linguistic restriction, and writers from Frederick Douglass to Stephen Crane wrestled with the demands for silence and circumspection that accompanied the antebellum fear of disunion and the postwar reconciliation between the North and South. Proposing a radical new interpretation of nineteenth-century American literature, The War on Words examines struggles over ...

The War on Words: Slavery, Race, and Free Speech in American Literature 2013, University of Chicago Press, Chicago

ISBN-13: 9780226101699

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The War on Words: Slavery, Race, and Free Speech in American Literature 2010, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL

ISBN-13: 9780226294131

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