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In American Lazarus Joanna Brooks applies a new and highly effective paradigm to the emergence of African American and Native American voices in eighteenth-century British America.

In American Lazarus Joanna Brooks applies a new and highly effective paradigm to the emergence of African American and Native American voices in eighteenth-century British America. As she explores the confluence of evangelical religion and revolutionary ideology that gave rise to such writers as Samson Occom, John Marrant, and Prince Hall, Brooks reinvigorates a long tradition of American Studies scholarship. Well-written and learned, American Lazarus should find a wide audience. -Philip F. Gura, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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While shedding fresh light on the pioneering figures of African-American and Native American cultural history-including Samson . American Lazarus offers a bold new vision of a foundational moment in American literature.

While shedding fresh light on the pioneering figures of African-American and Native American cultural history-including Samson Occom, Prince Hall, Richard Allen, Absalom Jones, and John Marrant-this work also explores a powerful set of little-known Black and Indian sermons, narratives, journals, and hymns. It reveals the depth of early Black and Indian intellectual history and reassesses the political, literary, and cultural powers of religion in America.

One might imagine Joanna Brooks's American Lazarus: Religion and the Rise of African-American and Native American Literatures in the tradition of Jones and Allen's historical record straightening.

I cannot do all the good that the world needs, but the world needs all the good that I can do. ― Jana Stanfield.

American Lazarus tells a story of redemption and regeneration. It reconstructs the founding moments of African-American and Native American literatures. These American literary traditions emerged during the era of the American Revolution, when blacks and Indians faced not only the crushing legacies of slavery and colonization but also the chaos of war, epidemic, resettlement, exile, and the political uncertainties of the new nation. In this portentous and dangerous time, pioneering black and Indian writers used literature to create a new future for their peoples.

This book explores the means by which the very first Black and Indian authors rose up to transform their .

This book explores the means by which the very first Black and Indian authors rose up to transform their communities and the course of American literary history. While shedding fresh light on the pioneering figures of African-American and Native American cultural history-including Samson Occom, Prince Hall, Richard Allen, Absalom Jones, and John Marrant-this work also explores a powerful set of l.

American Lazarus inserts itself in and thereby critically contributes to ongoing debates in religious, ethnic, literary, and postcolonial studies. A few of those contributions are particularly noteworthy. Brooks engages the question of agency so central to religious, ethnic, and postcolonial studies, as it relates to the (in)ability of colonized and negatively racialized subjects - Native and African Americans - to resist their physical, psychic, and cultural annihilation by Euro-Americans and to form alternative communities of empowerment.

American Lazarus offers a bold new vision of a foundational moment in American literature. American Lazarus: Religion and the Rise of African American and Native.

American Lazarus : religion and the rise of African-American and Native American literatures Joanna Brooks. American Lazarus : religion and the rise of African-American and Native American literatures Joanna Brooks. Download PDF book format. ISBN: 0521592011 (h.

The 1780s and 1790s were a critical era for communities of color in the new United States of America. Even Thomas Jefferson observed that in the aftermath of the American Revolution, "the spirit of the master is abating, that of the slave rising from the dust." This book explores the means by which the very first Black and Indian authors rose up to transform their communities and the course of American literary history. It argues that the origins of modern African-American and American Indian literatures emerged at the revolutionary crossroads of religion and racial formation as early Black and Indian authors reinvented American evangelicalism and created new postslavery communities, new categories of racial identification, and new literary traditions.While shedding fresh light on the pioneering figures of African-American and Native American cultural history--including Samson Occom, Prince Hall, Richard Allen, Absalom Jones, and John Marrant--this work also explores a powerful set of little-known Black and Indian sermons, narratives, journals, and hymns. Chronicling the early American communities of color from the separatist Christian Indian settlement in upstate New York to the first African Lodge of Freemasons in Boston, it shows how eighteenth-century Black and Indian writers forever shaped the American experience of race and religion.American Lazarus offers a bold new vision of a foundational moment in American literature. It reveals the depth of early Black and Indian intellectual history and reassesses the political, literary, and cultural powers of religion in America.

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Nayatol
My minister mentioned this book in a recent sermon. As a Christian living in the 21st Century, I realize that there is so much that I can take for granted. The trials and tribulations and triumphs that people like Samson Occom and John Marrant went through were inspiring to say the least. I had no idea that one of America's first hymnals was compiled by a Native American, nor did I discover until reading this book how much American Christianity is so entwined in Black and Indian struggles. I learned so much from this book. I'm not a reader of literature, but now I want to find out more about these people. I can say that it's made me a better Christian. I'm so grateful to these American saints. Thank you, Joanna Brooks, for opening my eyes.
Antuiserum
American Lazarus is the story of how African American and Native American writers forged new tools to re-create their identities. In spite of slavery and subjugation, men like Samson Occom, John Marrant, Richard Allen, and Prince Hall endeavored to raise their people from civic death. This book is powerful. It is beautifully written; it sheds new light on traditions of resistance in American letters; and it shows that the theme of Lazarus (the biblical story where Jesus raises his friend from the dead) was an overarching conception for peoples of color just as the Exodus story was. Incredible history; amazing literary analysis. American Lazarus is a triumph.
American Lazarus: Religion and the Rise of African-American and Native American Literatures download epub
History & Criticism
Author: Joanna Brooks
ISBN: 0195160789
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Language: English
Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (September 11, 2003)
Pages: 272 pages