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The Grammar of Good Intentions: Race & the Antebellum Culture of Benevolence

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Book News Annotation:

Reading an array of texts by Herman Melville, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe, William Wells Brown, and others, Ryan (English, U. of Louisville) explores the debates over the form and function of benevolence in the American South, whether used to justify slavery and Indian "removal" in the name of Christianization or to condemn them. She situates herself in the "messy middle-ground" between arguments that benevolence was either misguided and unself-conscious or the voluntaristic utopia sought by current critics of the welfare state. Her focus is on discord in discussions of benevolence as it related to expansionism and racialized violence in the Indian "removal" debates of the 1820s and 30s, near-sacred notions of self-reliance paired with efforts to keep African-Americans dependent, and abolitionism. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Table of Contents

Introduction: toward a cultural history of good intentions — Benevolent violence: Indian removal and the contest of national character — Misgivings: duplicity and need in Melville's late fiction — The racial politics of self-reliance — Pedagogies of emancipation — Charity begins at home: Stowe's antislavery novels and the forms of benevolent citizenship — "Save us from our friends": free African Americans and the culture of benevolence — Epilogue: the afterlife of benevolent citizenship.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780801439551
Author:
Ryan, Susan M
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Author:
Ryan, Susan M.
Location:
Ithaca
Subject:
History
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
United States - Antebellum Era
Subject:
American literature
Subject:
Discrimination & Racism
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
Minority Studies - Race Relations
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Race in literature
Subject:
Race relations in literature
Subject:
Benevolence
Subject:
Racism in literature
Subject:
Regional, Ethnic, Genre, Specific Subject
Subject:
Benevolence in literature
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
107-715
Publication Date:
20030631
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
235
Dimensions:
9.54x6.42x.86 in. 1.17 lbs.

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