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Black Print Unbound – The Christian Recorder, African American Literature, and Periodical Culture - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Black Print Unbound: The Christian Recorder, African American Literature, and Periodical Culture

Eric Gardner


This book explores the development of the Christian Recorder during and just after the American Civil War. As a study of the official African Methodist Episcopal Church newspaper (a periodical of national reach and scope among free African Americans), this book is thus at once a massive recovery effort of a publication by African Americans for African Americans, a consideration of the nexus of African Americanist inquiry and print culture studies, and an intervention in the study of literatures of the Civil War, faith communities, and periodicals. The book pairs a longitudinal sense of the Rec ... More

Keywords: Christian Recorder, African American culture, African American history, African American literature, literary history, print culture, Civil War, African Methodist Episcopal Church, Black press, Black newspaper

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190237080
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190237080.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eric Gardner, author
Professor of English, Saginaw Valley State University

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Part I “Our Church Organ”: Toward a Cultural and Material History of the Early Recorder

Part II “Would Not Such a Narration Be Worth Reading?”: The Christian Recorder and African American Literary History