A Faithful Account of the Race: African American Historical by Stephen G. Hall

By Stephen G. Hall

The civil rights and black strength hobbies elevated renowned understanding of the historical past and tradition of African americans. yet, as Stephen corridor notes, African American authors, intellectuals, ministers, and abolitionists were writing the heritage of the black event because the 1800s. With this ebook, corridor recaptures and reconstructs a wealthy yet principally neglected culture of old writing by way of African Americans.Hall charts the origins, meanings, equipment, evolution, and maturation of African American ancient writing from the interval of the Early Republic to the twentieth-century professionalization of the bigger box of ancient learn. He demonstrates how those works borrowed from and engaged with ideological and highbrow constructs from mainstream highbrow events together with the Enlightenment, Romanticism, Realism, and Modernism. corridor additionally explores the construction of discursive areas that at the same time bolstered and provided counternarratives to extra mainstream historic discourse. He sheds clean gentle at the impact of the African diaspora at the improvement of ancient research. In so doing, he offers a holistic portrait of African American background trained by means of advancements inside of and outdoors the African American neighborhood.

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European writers such as Montesquieu, Voltaire, David Hume, Edward Gibbon, and William Robertson produced magisterial treatises that discussed progress, historical causation, universal history, classical antiquity, and the history of the Americas. Although these histories were steeped in European national and ethnic prejudices, superiority and inferiority complexes, {22} TROUBLING THE PAGES OF HISTORIANS progressive and degenerate views of history, as well as a host of other limitations, this eighteenth-century historiography was, nevertheless, useful because it preserved some aspects of Renaissance humanism and, in some instances, expressed serious concerns about the colonization in the New World.

To be especially effective, it depended on the ability of intellectuals to penetrate the central texts of the Western canon, namely universal, classical, and biblical history. In doing so, these writers demonstrated their deep engagement with Enlightenment-driven modes of rationality, which in this case privileged reason over speculation and the written over the oral. 3 In 1817, African American intellectuals comprised a small, but vocal minority, concentrated in well-established, primarily free communities, such as New Haven, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Baltimore.

This writing laid the groundwork for the evolution of college and university programs in African American history and studies. This tradition of historical writing was not static but proved amazingly adaptable both to the changing condition of African Americans and developments in the larger intellectual community. Constructing “a faithful account of the race” meant more than simple hagiography, but a careful reconstruction of a history that re-created the past, complicated the present, and charted the future condition and possibilities for the race.

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