By Jennifer C. James
Within the first accomplished research of African American struggle literature, Jennifer James analyzes fiction, poetry, autobiography, and histories concerning the significant wars waged sooner than the desegregation of the U.S. army in 1948. analyzing literature concerning the Civil conflict, the Spanish-American Wars, international struggle I, and international battle II, James introduces a number of infrequent and understudied texts through writers equivalent to Victor Daly, F. supply Gilmore, William Gardner Smith, and Susie King Taylor. She argues that works via those in addition to canonical writers similar to William Wells Brown, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and Gwendolyn Brooks mark a particular contribution to African American letters.
In constructing African American battle literature as a long-standing literary style in its personal correct, James additionally considers the ways that this writing, established because it is on moments of nationwide difficulty, complex debates approximately black identification and African american citizens' claims to citizenship. In a provocative review, James argues that the very ambivalence over using violence as a political device defines African American conflict writing and creates a compelling, contradictory physique of literature that defies effortless summary.