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By Cassandra Jackson

This provocative ebook examines the illustration of characters of combined African and ecu descent within the works of African American and eu American writers of the nineteenth century. the significance of mulatto figures as brokers of ideological alternate within the American literary culture has but to obtain sustained serious cognizance. Going past Sterling Brown's melodramatic stereotype of the mulatto as "tragic figure," Cassandra Jackson's shut examine of 9 works of fiction exhibits how the mulatto trope unearths the social, cultural, and political principles of the interval. Jackson uncovers a full of life dialogue in 19th-century fiction concerning the function of racial ideology within the production of an American identification. She analyzes the subjects of race-mixing, the "mulatto," country construction, and the social fluidity of race (and its imagined organic tension) in novels by way of James Fenimore Cooper, Richard Hildreth, Lydia Maria baby, Frances E. W. Harper, Thomas Detter, George Washington Cable, and Charles Chesnutt.Blacks within the Diaspora -- Claude A. Clegg III, editorDarlene Clark Hine, David Barry Gaspar, and John McCluskey, founding editors

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Were it not for a few passages which we could hardly attribute to a female pen, we might suppose it the production of a lady. . But it appears to be the work of a man—and a man of singular strength and power of mind. . 3 Others offered harsher criticisms. 4 Though there were those, like Child, who praised the novel for its truthtelling, one need look no further than the plot for the source of the controversy surrounding the novel. The central character, Archy, the nearly A Land without Names 31 white son of a mixed-race slave and her master, initiates a love affair with his half-sister Cassy, another nearly white mixed-race slave.

2 Early reviews of the novel suggest that perhaps the reluctance of publishers and booksellers was warranted. John O. Sargent of The Atlas wrote of the book: Some of its details are of a character too revolting to be made public. . Were it not for a few passages which we could hardly attribute to a female pen, we might suppose it the production of a lady. . But it appears to be the work of a man—and a man of singular strength and power of mind. . 3 Others offered harsher criticisms. 4 Though there were those, like Child, who praised the novel for its truthtelling, one need look no further than the plot for the source of the controversy surrounding the novel.

Considering that neither he nor most of his audience knows that Cora is of African descent, Magua’s delineation of the races, particularly his description of the African Americans, appears remote from his quest to maintain possession of Cora. Instead, the speech seems more concerned with reinstating the reliability of racial categories in the United States. 72 I would add that by having a Native American character not only state this hierarchy but distance the plight of Native Americans from that of African Americans, Cooper reinscribes the distinction between slavery and removal.

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