By Sidney Kaplan, Allan D. Austin
The twelve essays offered listed below are a consultant pattern of the pioneering paintings Sydney Kaplan has produced within the fields of yank and black reports. chosen from over fifty released items, the essays mirror Kaplan's lifelong ardour to illustrate the centrality of the African-American event to our nationwide adventure, to teach that an realizing of black historical past is critical to an knowing of yankee background. he is taking specific satisfaction in his works that that time out the presence and importance of African americans who too usually are rendered invisible or out of concentration in nationwide photos. The emphasis during the essays is on Kaplan's makes an attempt to offer a whole and reasonable description of what he aptly calls the yank chiaroscuro: blacks and whites within the nation's photos of itself in heritage, literature, and artwork.
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About Brother Belknap nothing is known except this glorious note in the Diary; his Petition has disappeared from the archives. 8 Black Adam was the slave of one John Saffin, who had spent a few years in Page 7 Virginia, where he sold Negroes, before he settled in Boston as merchant, landowner, slave-trader, deputy, speaker of the House, councilor and judge. In Saffin's reply, a year and a half later, to The Selling of Josephof which more laterhe relates that in March 1694 he hired out Adam to his tenant farmer, one Shepard of Scituate, for a term of seven years, and knowing the said Negro to be of a proud, insolent and domineering spirit, yet had a cunning serpentine Genious, I thought to work upon his natural Reason; and for his own benefit (if it were possible) to oblige him to obedience, and to go on chearfully, quietly and industriously in his Business, for the mutual benefit of both Landlord and Tenant; and for his encouragement therein, I promised him his Freedom .
The last selection is a short essay on Dion Boucicault's play The Octoroon (1859), a work dealing with miscegenation. It describes the play's extraordinary preopening stir and its sudden general popularity in the North. This piece is yet another example of a significant interracial event in our history that seems to have been overlooked until Kaplan brought it to light. The section on Art includes only one piece, which is an introduction to and a sample from Kaplan's notes on the portrayal of African Americans in American painting.
Afro-AmericansHistory. United StatesCivilization. , 1935 . Title. 04'96073dc20 90-47298 British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data are available. This book is published with the support and cooperation of the University of Massachusetts at Boston. , and Faber and Faber, Ltd. The chapters in this book were previously published. Their earlier appearances and permissions to reprint are listed on the last printed page of this book. Page v To the memory of Morris Nogrady who began it all Page vii CONTENTS Foreword by John Hope Franklin ix Editor's Introduction xi The Colonial and Revolutionary Eras "The Selling of Joseph": Samuel Sewall and the Iniquity of Slavery 3 The "Domestic Insurrections" of the Declaration of Independence 18 Blacks in Massachusetts and the Shays' Rebellion 33 Civil War The Miscegenation Issue in the Election of 1864 47 The Black Soldier of the Civil War in Literature and Art 101 Fiction and Fantasy Poe's Pym: An Introduction to The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym 127 Towards Pip and Daggoo: Footnote on Melville's Youth 144 Herman Melville and the American National Sin: The Meaning of Benito Cereno 159 The Octoroon: Early History of the Drama of Miscegenation 198 Art Notes on the Exhibition: The Portrayal of the Negro in American Painting 211 Invention Lewis Temple and the Hunting of the Whale 229 Appendix: A Note on John Mashow, Master Builder of Whaleships 229 Jan Earnst Matzeliger and the Making of the Shoe 240 Acknowledgments 259 Page ix FOREWORD It was forty years ago that Sidney Kaplan came into my summer session class at Harvard.
American studies in black and white: selected essays, 1949-1989 by Sidney Kaplan, Allan D. Austin