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ERIC Number: ED150632
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Nov
Pages: 13
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The Garies and Their Friends: The Black American Novel Comes of Age.
Simson, R.
Black authors have long been telling America about its slave past, although America has apparently not been listening. Frank Webb's novel, "The Garies and Their Friends," was published in the same decade as Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin," and yet it has never achieved the popularity of Stowe's work, although its characters are well-developed, its scenes are realistically portrayed, and the central theme is adhered to throughout. The question arises, If readers in the United States in the 1850s were interested in reading about the lives of black Americans, why did they not turn to the works of black authors? The answer may be that the novels written by blacks, such as "The Garies and Their Friends," dealt more harshly and realistically with the lives of blacks, both slave and free. Although not without the typical 19th century stylistic flaws, the novel shows that the conflict in mid-19th century America was not primarily one between North and South, but one between black and white. It is a much-neglected novel that should finally get the recognition it deserves as an outstanding 19th century novel written by a black author. (CC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (67th, New York City, November 24-26, 1977)