The African-American Experience in Nineteenth-Century Connecticut: Benevolence and Bitterness

The African-American Experience in Nineteenth-Century Connecticut: Benevolence and Bitterness

by Theresa Vara-Dannen

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Overview

The African-American Experience in Nineteenth-Century Connecticut examines and analyzes the African-American experience in Connecticut as it was through primary sources. Theresa Vara-Dannen analyzes the language of real nineteenth-century Americans expressing the complexity of their thoughts and feelings about the racial issues of their times in a small state with very small communities of people of color. This book highlights the attitudes of ordinary people whose voices emerged, sometimes heroically, through their daily newspapers. The meshing of these voices regarding their race-related experiences provides a nuanced account of a long-gone past, but also gives us an understanding of twenty-first-century Connecticut, which leads the nation in the educational and economic gap between urban and nonurban citizens and has one of the most segregated school systems and residential patterns in the nation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498556392
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 03/27/2017
Pages: 234
Product dimensions: 5.88(w) x 9.09(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Theresa Vara-Dannen teaches English and American studies as adjunct faculty at the University of Connecticut and the University of Hartford.

Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction: Researching Race and Region......................................................................1
Chapter I- The Limits of White Memory: Slavery, Violence and the Amistad Incident in the Press and in History ...................................................................................................31
Chapter II- Letters of Protest: Responding to Racial Prejudice against Frederick Douglass and Others in Connecticut................................................................................................. 79
Chapter III- Uplift through Education: The Dream of a Negro College in New Haven and Prudence Crandall’s School for Little Colored Misses....................................................130
Chapter IV- Marrying Up? Interracial Marriages in 19th Century Connecticut ............177
Conclusion.......................................................................................................................223
Appendix..........................................................................................................................235
Bibliography....................................................................................................................250
Acknowledgments………………………………………………………………………268
About the Author……………………………………………………………………….269

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