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Antebellum Christian Tracts and the “Africanist Presence”: A Lesson Plan for African American Literature Courses

Introduction: “Christians, attend, while I relate…” [1] Legh Richmond’s The African Widow , a pamphlet circulated by the Christian-based American Tract Society in 1827, unwittingly displays a poignant example of the role Christianity has played in the creation and continuation of stereotypes of African Americans. The stereotypes invoked in the...

Dismantling the Minstrel: A Pedagogical Approach

Introduction: Stains of Cork A buffoon is a figure who cannot succeed in his performance without “failing” in his role. In minstrelsy, many of the characters are buffoons whose failure elides the actor’s identity so that blacks are stereotyped as a race that cannot control their behavior and thus become...

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