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Writing History from the Margins: African Americans and the Quest for Freedom, New York, Routledge, 2016

Sous la direction de Claire Parfait, Hélène Le Dantec-Lowry et Claire Bourhis-Mariotti

Dans le cadre du projet “Écrire l’histoire depuis les marges”.

Although various scholars have called for focused attention to early African American historians, those calls have largely gone unanswered, until now. Writing History from the Margins shows us what we can learn when we take on the deeply interdisciplinary work of studying African American historians and historiography directly, and not just as a sidebar to other concerns. With attention to print, material, and visual cultures, Writing History from the Margins adds significantly to our understanding of a large range of efforts—national and local, encyclopedic and specific—to record and shape African American history.
John Ernest, author of Liberation Historiography: African American Writers and the Challenge of History, 1794–1861
By taking two side steps—looking at marginal historians and departing from the main historiographical trends—this very coherent collection of essays offers new perspectives and devises new methodologies to interpret extremely varied sources. This transatlantic, transdisciplinary discussion makes Antebellum black voices heard and reintegrates them into the wider national narrative.
Nathalie Dessens, University of Toulouse-Jean Jaurès
Claire Parfait is Professor of American Studies and Book History at Université Paris 13.
Hélène Le Dantec-Lowry is a Professor of American Studies at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris, France), where she directs the Center for Research on North American History (CRAN).
Claire Bourhis-Mariotti is an Associate Professor of American History at Université Paris 8.

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