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