Fugitive Science: Empiricism and Freedom in Early African American Culture (America and the Long 19th Century)

Fugitive Science: Empiricism and Freedom in Early African American Culture (America and the Long 19th Century) Author Britt Rusert
ISBN-10 1479847666
ISBN-13 9781479847662
Year 2017-04-18
Pages 320
Language English
Publisher NYU Press
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Exposes the influential work of a group of black artists to confront and refute scientific racism Traversing the archives of early African American literature performance and visual culture Britt Rusert uncovers the dynamic experiments of a group of black writers artists and performers Fugitive Science chronicles a little known story about race and science in America While the history of scientific racism in the nineteenth century has been well documented there was also a counter movement of African Americans who worked to refute its claims Far from rejecting science these figures were careful readers of antebellum science who linked diverse fieldsfrom astronomy to physiologyto both on the ground activism and more speculative forms of knowledge creation Routinely excluded from institutions of scientific learning and training they transformed cultural spaces like the page the stage the parlor and even the pulpit into laboratories of knowledge and experimentation From the recovery of neglected figures like Robert Benjamin Lewis Hosea Easton and Sarah Mapps Douglass to new accounts of Martin Delany Henry Box Brown and Frederick Douglass Fugitive Science makes natural science central to how we understand the origins and development of African American literature and culture This distinct and pioneering book will spark interest from anyone wishing to learn more on race and society

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Fugitive Science

Fugitive Science Author Britt Rusert
ISBN-10 9781479805723
Release 2017-04-18
Pages 320