Putting Thoughts into Words

Robinson, Lisa Clayton
January 2006
Footsteps;Jan/Feb2006, Vol. 8 Issue 1, p21
The article discusses the life and work of Jupiter Hammon, an author by profession and a Negro slave. Hammon was a slave his entire life, passed down as property through three generations of the Lloyd family, in which he was born. Hammon's surviving pieces of writing include poetry and prose. They are deeply religious and heavily influenced by the kinds of contemporary literature and Christian hymns that would have been common in a household like the Lloyds'. Most of Hammon's writings do not mention race or slavery. However, in some passages, Hammon's unique point of view is on display.


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