Word by word emancipation and the act of writing christopher hager add to cart product details paperback 2150 o gbp1795 o eur1950 isbn 9780674088061 publication date 09 07 2015 trade 328 pages 6 1 8 x 9 1 4 inches 11 halftones world related subjects history united states civil war period 1850 1877 literary criticism american african american social science ethnic . Emancipation and the act of writing publisher to a new orleans mans transcription of the constitution word by word rewrites the history of emancipation the idiosyncrasies of these untutored authors hager argues reveal the enormous difficulty of straddling the border between slave and free these unusual texts composed by people with a unique perspective on the written word force . Born a slave he had lived to witness the outbreak of the civil war and abraham lincolns historic emancipation proclamation and to realize that freedom from slavery might not lead to racial justice through good fortune or force of will he had learned to write but his misspelled words and strained sentences scantly reflected his intellect . Word by word emancipation and the act of writing by christopher hager harvard university press 328pp gbp2995 isbn 9780674059863 and 067486 e book published 28 february 2013
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