Constituting Antebellum African American Identity: Resistance, Violence, and Masculinity in Henry Highland Garnet's (1843) “Address to the Slaves”

  title={Constituting Antebellum African American Identity: Resistance, Violence, and Masculinity in Henry Highland Garnet's (1843) “Address to the Slaves”},
  author={James Jasinski},
  journal={Quarterly Journal of Speech},
  pages={27 - 57}
  • J. Jasinski
  • Published 1 February 2007
  • History
  • Quarterly Journal of Speech
In August 1843 Presbyterian minister Henry Highland Garnet delivered his “Address to the Slaves of the United States of America” to the National Convention of Colored Citizens in Buffalo, NY. While often read (and almost as often dismissed) as either an unqualified call for a violent slave rebellion or, at the least, a celebration of prior acts of militant resistance which suggested that such methods deserved further consideration than they were currently receiving, the “Address” might… 
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