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African Americans and the Classics: Antiquity, Abolition and by Margaret Malamud

By Margaret Malamud

a brand new wave of study in black classicism has emerged within the twenty first century that explores the function performed by way of the classics within the better cultural traditions of black the USA, Africa and the Caribbean. Addressing a spot during this scholarship, Margaret Malamud investigates why and the way advocates for abolition and black civil rights (both black and white) deployed their wisdom of classical literature and background of their fight for black liberty and equality within the usa. African americans boldly staked their very own claims to the classical international: they deployed texts, rules and photographs of old Greece, Rome and Egypt for you to identify their authority in debates approximately slavery, race, politics and schooling. A relevant argument of this booklet is that wisdom and deployment of Classics used to be a robust weapon and power for resistance—as unbelievable as that will look now—when wielded through black and white activists devoted to the abolition of slavery and the top of the social and fiscal oppression of loose blacks. The ebook considerably expands our figuring out of either black background and classical reception within the United States.

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