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Voices Beyond Bondage: An Anthology of Verse by African Americans of the 19th Century Book + MP3 CD
Voices Beyond Bondage: An Anthology of Verse by African Americans of the 19th Century Book + MP3 CD
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Product Code: PC0168

May we thank you on the air?*:

Slaves in chains, toiling on master's plantation. Beatings, bloodied whips. This
is what many of us envision when we think of 19th century African Americans;
source materials penned by those who suffered in bondage validate this picture.
Yet slavery was not the only identity of 19th century African Americans. Whether
they were freeborn, self-liberated, or born in the years after the Emancipation,
African Americans had a rich cultural heritage all their own, a heritage largely
subsumed in popular history and collective memory by the atrocity of slavery.

The early 19th century birthed the nation's first black-owned periodicals, the
first media spaces to provide primary outlets for the empowerment of African
American voices. For many, poetry became this empowerment. Almost every
black-owned periodical featured an open call for poetry, and African Americans,
both free and enslaved, responded by submitting droves of poems for publication.
Yet until now, these poems -- and an entire literary movement -- have been lost
to modern readers.

The poems in Voices Beyond Bondage address the horrific and the mundane, the
humorous and the ordinary and the extraordinary. Authors wrote about slavery,
but also about love, morality, politics, perseverance, nature, and God. These
poems evidence authors who were passionate, dedicated, vocal, and above all
resolute in a bravery which was both weapon and shield against a world of
prejudice and inequity. These authors wrote to be heard; more than 150 years
later it is at last time for us to listen.

PLUS MP3 CD with interview of authors and reading of a selection of poetry,
Produced by Heart Of Mind/Earth at Midnight by Kathryn Davis and Paulette

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