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 US, Africa and the Caribbean. Addressing a niche 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 american citizens boldly staked their very own claims to the classical international: they deployed texts, principles and photographs of historical Greece, Rome and Egypt so as to determine their authority in debates approximately slavery, race, politics and schooling. A imperative argument of this publication is that wisdom and deployment of Classics was once a robust weapon and gear for resistance—as inconceivable as that may appear now—when wielded by means of black and white activists dedicated to the abolition of slavery and the top of the social and financial oppression of unfastened blacks. The publication considerably expands our knowing of either black background and classical reception within the United States.

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