The Resource Notes from a colored girl : the Civil War pocket diaries of Emilie Frances Davis, Karsonya Wise Whitehead, (ebook)

Notes from a colored girl : the Civil War pocket diaries of Emilie Frances Davis, Karsonya Wise Whitehead, (ebook)

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Notes from a colored girl : the Civil War pocket diaries of Emilie Frances Davis
Title
Notes from a colored girl
Title remainder
the Civil War pocket diaries of Emilie Frances Davis
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Karsonya Wise Whitehead
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eng
Summary
In Notes from a Colored Girl, Karsonya Wise Whitehead examines the life and experiences of Emilie Frances Davis, a freeborn twenty-one-year-old mulatto woman, through a close reading of three pocket diaries she kept from 1863 to 1865. Whitehead explores Davis's worldviews and politics, her perceptions of both public and private events, her personal relationships, and her place in Philadelphia's free black community in the nineteenth century. Although Davis's daily entries are sparse, brief snapshots of her life, Whitehead interprets them in ways that situate Davis in historical and literary contexts that illuminate nineteenth-century black American women's experiences. Whitehead's contribution of edited text and original narrative fills a void in scholarly documentation of women who dwelled in spaces between white elites, black entrepreneurs, and urban dwellers of every race and class. Notes from a Colored Girl is a unique offering to the fields of history and documentary editing as the book includes both a six-chapter historical reconstruction of Davis's life and a full, heavily annotated edition of her Civil War-era pocket diaries. Drawing on scholarly traditions from history, literature, feminist studies, and sociolinguistics, Whitehead investigates Davis's diary both as a complete literary artifact and in terms of her specific daily entries. From a historical perspective, Whitehead re-creates the narrative of Davis's life for those three years and analyzes the black community where she lived and worked. From a literary perspective, Whitehead examines Davis's diary as a socially, racially, and gendered nonfiction text. From a feminist studies perspective, she examines Davis's agency and identity, grounded in theories elaborated by black feminist scholars. And, from linguistic and rhetorical perspectives, she studies Davis's discourse about her interpersonal relationships, her work, and external events in her life in an effort to understand how she used language to construct her social, racial, and gendered identities. Since there are few primary sources written by black women during this time in history, Davis's diary-though ordinary in its content-is rendered extraordinary simply because it has survived to be included in this very small class of resources. Whitehead's extensive analysis illuminates the lives of many through the simple words of one
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Midwest
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Whitehead, Karsonya Wise
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  • 974.8/1103092
  • B
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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dictionaries
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Women's diaries and letters of the South
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  • Davis, Emilie Frances
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • Electronic books
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
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adult
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Notes from a colored girl : the Civil War pocket diaries of Emilie Frances Davis, Karsonya Wise Whitehead, (ebook)
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multicolored
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text
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txt
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unknown
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1 online resource
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  • online
  • electronic
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Digital content provided by hoopla
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9781611173536
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(electronic bk.)
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computer
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rdamedia
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c
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MWT12067680
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remote
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12067680
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MWT12067680
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
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Notes from a colored girl : the Civil War pocket diaries of Emilie Frances Davis, Karsonya Wise Whitehead, (ebook)
Link
Publication
Distribution
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9781611173536
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Publisher number
MWT12067680
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
12067680
System control number
MWT12067680
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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