CHAPTER THREE: Black Supermen and the "John Henry Tradition"

Zabel, Darcy A.
January 2004
Underground Railroad in African American Literature;2004, p75
Book Chapter
The article presents a chapter of the book "(Underground) Railroad in African American Literature." The chapter talked about the literary theme of African American supermen, with regards to the John Henry tradition. John Henry was a railroad steel driver who had been immortalized as a symbol of man against machines. Though he was a real person, he is remembered as a legend of the history of the U.S.


Related Articles

  • Progress, Labor, Revolution: The Modern Times of Antebellum African American Life Writing. Pratt, Lloyd Presley // Novel: A Forum on Fiction;Fall2000, Vol. 34 Issue 1, p56 

    Analyzes the perception of time in African American life narrative in the early 19th century. Conception of identity in the United States (U.S.) before the Civil War; Characteristics of time in its raw state; Characteristics of antebellum African American life narrative according to U.S....

  • What Is a Black Author?: A Review of Recent Charles Chesnutt Studies. Wonham, Henry B. // American Literary History;Winter2006, Vol. 18 Issue 4, p829 

    The article presents the studies of Charles Chesnutt. It includes several novels such as "The Quarry" and "Mandy Oxedine" which are left unpublished at his death. According to the author, Chesnutt is not a writer who appealed to critics for the expansion of the American literature. The writings...

  • The Wheatleyan Moment. WALDSTREICHER, DAVID // Early American Studies, An Interdisciplinary Journal;Fall2011, Vol. 9 Issue 3, p522 

    Despite the recent profusion of interest in Phillis Wheatley by literary scholars, who increasingly recognize her artfulness and her challenge to slavery, she has not been seen as a political actor in her own time. This essay argues for her canny timing and careful interventions in the politics...

  • LOL.  // Street Machine;Nov2015, Vol. 35 Issue 11, p162 

    No abstract available.

  • TRAUMA AND TESTIMONY IN BLACK WOMEN'S CIVIL RIGHTS MEMOIRS: The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started It, Warriors Don't Cry, and From the Mississippi Delta. Berg, Allison // Journal of Women's History;Fall2009, Vol. 21 Issue 3, p84 

    This article focuses on three memoirs of the civil rights movement published roughly thirty years after the events described. Unlike feminist biography, on the one hand, and oral history, on the other hand, self-initiated accounts allow us to examine the range of narrative strategies chosen by...

  • The Orations on the Abolition of the Slave Trade and the Uses of Print in the Early Black Atlantic. Rezek, Joseph // Early American Literature;Nov2010, Vol. 45 Issue 3, p655 

    This essay advances the study of the Black Atlantic, or the cultural impact on Africans of the transatlantic slave trade experience, by considering the publication in the early 19th century of orations by black authors commemorating the abolition of the slave trade. A main point of reference is...

  • Black Librarians and the Search for Women's Biography during the New Negro History Movement. Des Jardins, Julie // OAH Magazine of History;Jan2006, Vol. 20 Issue 1, p15 

    The article focuses on the importance of searching for women's biography in the New Negro History Movement. The author attributed much of the history and biography that came out of the New Negro history movement to the African American male historians who acquired documents, created...

  • Black on Earth: African American Ecoliterary Traditions. Hicks, Scott // African American Review;Fall2012, Vol. 45 Issue 3, p485 

    The article reviews the book "Black on Earth: African American Ecoliterary Traditions" by Kimberly N. Ruffin.

  • The way we were: Precious memories of the Black segregated South. Estes-Hicks, Onita // African American Review;Spring93, Vol. 27 Issue 1, p9 

    Focuses on Afro-American literature on the Black South. Autobiographies; Significance; Comparison of various periods.


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics