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Clotel: Or, the President's Daughter: A Narrative of Slave Life in the United States (Bedford Cultural Editions)

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William Wells Browns Clotel (1853), the first novel written by an African American, was published in London while Brown was still legally regarded as "property" within the borders of the United States. The novel was inspired by the story of Thomas Jeffersons purported sexual relationship with his slave Sally Hemings. Brown fictionalizes the stories of Jeffersons mistress, daughters, and granddaughters — all of whom are slaves — in order to demythologize the dominant U.S. cultural narrative celebrating Jeffersons America as a nation of freedom and equality for all. The documents in this edition include excerpts from Browns sources for the novel — fiction, political essays, sermons, and presidential proclamations; selections that illuminate the range of contemporary attitudes concerning race, slavery, and prejudice; and pieces that advocate various methods of resistance and reform.

Table of Contents

  About the Series

  About This Volume

  List of Illustrations

    

PART ONE: CLOTEL; OR, THE PRESIDENT'S DAUGHTER: THE COMPLETE TEXT

    

    Introduction: Cultural and Historical Background

    Chronology of Brown's Life and Times

    A Note on the Text and Annotations

    Clotel; or, The President's Daughter (1853)

    

PART TWO: CLOTEL; OR, THE PRESIDENT'S DAUGHTER: CULTURAL CONTEXTS

    

  1. Sources and Revisions

    Thomas Jefferson, "Declaration"

    Frances Trollope, from Domestic Manners of the Americans

    William Goodell, "Sale of a Daughter of Tho's Jefferson"

    Anonymous, "Jefferson's Daughter"

    James McCune Smith, "Letter to Frederick Douglass' Paper"

    Frederick Douglass, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?"

    Thomas Bacon, from Sermons Addressed to Masters and Servants

    Andrew Jackson, Two Proclamations

    Theodore Dwight Weld, from American Slavery As It Is

    William Wells Brown, "The New Liberty Party"

    William Wells Brown, "Singular Escape"

    Lydia Maria Child, "The Quadroons"

    Harriet Beecher Stowe, "The Quadroon's Story"

    Grace Greenwood, "The Leap from Long Bridge"

    William Wells Brown, from Narrative of William W. Brown

    Josephine Brown, from Biography of an American Bondman

    William Wells Brown, from Original Panoramic Views

    William Wells Brown, from Clotelle: A Tale of the Southern States

    William Wells Brown, from Clotelle; or, The Colored Heroine

    

  2. Race, Slavery, Prejudice

    Thomas Jefferson, from Notes on the State of Virginia

    Benjamin Banneker and Thomas Jefferson, Letter Exchange, 1791

    David Walker, from Walker's Appeal

    Henry Clay, from "African Colonization"

    Thomas R. Dew, from Review of the Debate in the Virginia Legislature

    John C. Calhoun, from "On the Reception of Abolition Petitions"

    Albert Barnes, from An Inquiry Into the Scriptural Views of Slavery

    Martin R. Delany, "Southern Customs--Madame Chevalier"

    Frederick Douglass, "Colorphobia in New York!"

    Josiah C. Nott and George R. Gliddon, from Types of Mankind

    Samuel A. Cartwright, from "Diseases and Peculiarities of the Negro Race"

    Daniel Webster, from "The Constitution and the Union"

    George Fitzhugh, from Sociology for the South

    Nehemiah Adams, from A South-Side View of Slavery

    Caroline Lee Hentz, from The Planter's Northern Bride

    Harriet Jacobs, "What Slaves Are Taught to Think of the North"

    Walt Whitman, "Prohibition of Colored Persons"

    

  3. Resistance and Reform

    The Confessions of Nat Turner

    William Lloyd Garrison, "To the Public"

    Lydia Maria Child, from An Appeal in Favor of That Class of Americans Called Africans

    Angelina A. Grimké, from Appeal to the Christian Women of the South

    Frederick Douglass, "The Rights of Women"

    Sojourner Truth, "I Am a Woman's Rights"

    Maria W. Stewart, "An Address, Delivered at the African Masonic Hall"

    Samuel E. Cornish, "Responsibility of Colored People in the Free States"

    Frances E. W. Harper, "The Colored People in America"

    Henry Highland Garnet, "An Adress to the Slaves of the United States of America"

    National Convention of Colored People (1847), "Report of the Committtee on Abolition"

    Colored National Convention (1853), "Resolutions Adopted"

    Martin R. Delany, from "Political Destiny of the Colored Race on the American Continent"

    National Convention of Colored Men (1864), "Declaration of Wrongs and Rights"

    William Wells Brown, from St. Domingo: Its Revolutions and Its Patriots

    Henry David Thoreau, from "A Plea for Captain John Brown"

    William Wells Brown, "Battle of Milliken's Bend"

    William Wells Brown, from My Southern Home

    

  Selected Bibliography

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312152659
Subtitle:
Or, The President's Daughter: A Narrative of Slave Life in the United States
Author:
Levine, Robert
Editor:
Levine, Robert
Editor:
Levine, Robert S.
Author:
Levine, Robert
Author:
Brown, William Wells Wells
Publisher:
Bedford/St. Martin's
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Children of presidents
Subject:
Racially mixed people
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Bedford Cultural Editions
Publication Date:
20000207
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
527
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

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