African Americans of Jefferson County (Images of America) by Jefferson County Black History Preservation Society

By Jefferson County Black History Preservation Society


Jefferson County can proudly declare a lot of firsts by way of African americans in nationwide history.

The raid to unfastened slaves that served as a catalyst for the Civil battle was once led via abolitionist John Brown in Harpers Ferry. the 1st guy wounded within the uprising used to be Heyward Shepherd, a unfastened African American and a Jefferson County resident. Pres. Abraham Lincoln appointed Jefferson County local Martin Robison Delany because the first African American box officer of the Civil warfare. In 1906, the Niagara circulate, forerunner to the nationwide organization for the development of coloured humans (NAACP), held its first assembly on American soil at the Storer university campus. the 1st lady to turn into the trainer of a men's collage basketball workforce used to be additionally an African American from Jefferson County. also, the coloured Horse exhibit held in Charles city was once the 1st of its variety for African Americans.

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Zora Neale Hurston, as writer and anthropologist, is one of the pioneers of the anthropological approach to black culture. Hurston demonstrated in her fiction how black expressive arts such as language, music, dance, and hoodoo specifically contribute to the wholeness of black culture, and how the repeated use of these African American adaptations forms what Gates calls "the traditional recurring canonical metaphors of black culture" (Hurston, Tell My Horse 295). Later, Ralph Ellison in Shadow and Act (1964) supported the expansion of black cultural analysis.

Black detective writers manipulate conventional detective structure and characterization, which in turn alters the moral message. In this sense, I hope to contribute to the black vernacular tradition of literary criticism by way of a close textual analysis of detective novels written by African Americans. Recent African American critics such as Houston Baker (Blues, Ideology, and Afro-American Literature: A Vernacular Theory, 1984), Bernard Bell (The Afro-American Novel and Its Tradition, 1987), and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Blacks have made their contributions in the absence of any rooted sense of an alternative nationality or culture. 4 Perspectives such as these demean African Americans by suggesting that their historical reliance on white culture was their only motivation. In essence this line of argument denies a distinct heritage of black culture, rejects the possibility that the African past had any psychological or cultural influence on American blacks, and implies Page 7 that African Americans were completely fragmented and destroyed as social entities in the Americas.

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