“War, Freedom, and Patriotism: An Anthology of African American Fiction, Poetry, and Essays”
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CFP: “War, Freedom, and Patriotism: An Anthology of African American Fiction, Poetry, and Essays”
We are seeking contributors to write short essays (2,000 words) on the role of African Americans in the major wars in the history of the United States. We anticipate including the essays in a proposed trans-disciplinary anthology which would provide historically and politically contextualized introductions to address the major issues and concerns associated with the participation of African Americans in each of the wars.
We especially encourage proposals leading to essays that can provide richly grounded discussions of the impetus for each war as well as nuanced analyses of how those initiatives for war conflicted with the racial narrative in the United States. All submissions should demonstrate thorough familiarity with the complex history as well as the racial politics involved with important events in which African American men and women participated during the wars. These introductory essays will stand at the beginning of chapters that reproduce prose and poetry written by African Americans addressing war.
While, for instance, we find that there is general knowledge about Crispus Attucks, the 54th and 55th Massachusetts, the U.S. 10th Cavalry Regiment/Buffalo soldiers, the 369th Regiment, the 99th Pursuit Squadron Tuskegee Airmen and, among some, the Double V, we seek even more deeply contextualized discussions of African Americans and war, which would help to situate for readers the environment in which black people found themselves and to which many of the writers in the proposed anthology allude. We seek to explain not only Lord Dunmore’s Ethiopian Regiments, the 1st Rhode Island Regiment, Samuel Middleton and the Bucks of America, Corps d’Afrique, Olustee, Battle of the Crater at Petersburg, VA, the 370th Infantry Regiment, Order Number 40 (WWI), but also responses to war by important historical figures such as Frederick Douglas, Martin Delany, W. E. B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King, among others.
Wars we wish to cover:
War of 1812 & Civil War
Indian Wars & Spanish American War
World War I & World War II
Korean Conflict &Vietnam
Gulf War & War on Terror.
Please submit by March 1, 2007 queries or a précis of no more than 500 words to both A. Y. Jimoh (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Françoise Hamlin
Anticipated due date for final essays: August 31, 2007.
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