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The Resource Searching for Jim : slavery in Sam Clemens's world, Terrell Dempsey, (electronic resource)

Searching for Jim : slavery in Sam Clemens's world, Terrell Dempsey, (electronic resource)

Label
Searching for Jim : slavery in Sam Clemens's world
Title
Searching for Jim
Title remainder
slavery in Sam Clemens's world
Statement of responsibility
Terrell Dempsey
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Searching for Jim" is the untold story of Sam Clemens and the world of slavery that produced him. Despite Clemens's remarks to the contrary in his autobiography, slavery was very much a part of his life. Dempsey has uncovered a wealth of newspaper accounts and archival material revealing that Clemens's life, from the ages of twelve to seventeen, was intertwined with the lives of the slaves around him. During Sam's earliest years, his father, John Marshall Clemens, had significant interaction with slaves. Newly discovered court records show the senior Clemens in his role as justice of the peace in Hannibal enforcing the slave ordinances. With the death of his father, young Sam was apprenticed to learn the printing and newspaper trade. It was in the newspaper that slaves were bought and sold, masters sought runaways, and life insurance was sold on slaves. Stories the young apprentice typeset helped Clemens learn to write in black dialect, a skill he would use throughout his writing, most notably in "Huckleberry Finn. "Missourians at that time feared abolitionists across the border in Illinois and Iowa. Slave owners suspected every traveling salesman, itinerant preacher, or immigrant of being an abolition agent sent to steal slaves. This was the world in which Sam Clemens grew up. Dempsey also discusses the stories of Hannibal's slaves: their treatment, condition, and escapes. He uncovers new information about the Underground Railroad, particularly about the role free blacks played in northeast Missouri. Carefully reconstructed from letters, newspaper articles, sermons, speeches, books, and court records, "Searching for Jim" offers a new perspective on Clemens's writings, especially regarding his use of race in the portrayal of individual characters, their attitudes, and worldviews. This fascinating volume will be valuable to anyone trying to measure the extent to which Clemens transcended the slave culture he lived in during his formative years and the struggles he later faced in dealing with race and guilt. It will forever alter the way we view Sam Clemens, Hannibal, and Mark Twain
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Action
digitized
Biography type
contains biographical information
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1954-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Dempsey, Terrell
Dewey number
  • 818/.409
  • B
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Mark Twain and his circle series
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Twain, Mark
  • Twain, Mark
  • Twain, Mark
  • Literature and society
  • Antislavery movements
  • Slavery
  • Hannibal (Mo.)
  • Slavery
  • Authors, American
  • Hannibal (Mo.)
  • Slavery in literature
  • Racism in literature
Label
Searching for Jim : slavery in Sam Clemens's world, Terrell Dempsey, (electronic resource)
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 297-303) and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
A performance : Spring 1891, Hartford, Connecticut -- 1839 -- Slavery and the Clemens family -- The abolition movement across the river -- The contest begins -- The trial of Thompson, Work, and Burr -- Judge John Marshall Clemens -- Slavery and the churches of Hannibal -- The theology of slavery -- The face of domestic slavery in Hannibal -- The siege begins -- The emancipation and colonization movement -- 1849 and 1850 : terror in Marion County -- Sam Clemens and the press in slave culture -- Runaway slaves and slave resistance -- Battling abolitionists in the press : the enemy without -- Dehumanizing the slave in the press -- The slave trade in Hannibal -- Leaving Hannibal and taking a swipe at the abolitionists -- The great change : the railroad -- Steamboating days -- Sam Clemens comes back to fight
Control code
ocm61428354
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xvii, 316 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780826215932
Level of compression
unknown
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Other control number
9780826215932
Other physical details
illustrations
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)61428354
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
Searching for Jim : slavery in Sam Clemens's world, Terrell Dempsey, (electronic resource)
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 297-303) and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
A performance : Spring 1891, Hartford, Connecticut -- 1839 -- Slavery and the Clemens family -- The abolition movement across the river -- The contest begins -- The trial of Thompson, Work, and Burr -- Judge John Marshall Clemens -- Slavery and the churches of Hannibal -- The theology of slavery -- The face of domestic slavery in Hannibal -- The siege begins -- The emancipation and colonization movement -- 1849 and 1850 : terror in Marion County -- Sam Clemens and the press in slave culture -- Runaway slaves and slave resistance -- Battling abolitionists in the press : the enemy without -- Dehumanizing the slave in the press -- The slave trade in Hannibal -- Leaving Hannibal and taking a swipe at the abolitionists -- The great change : the railroad -- Steamboating days -- Sam Clemens comes back to fight
Control code
ocm61428354
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xvii, 316 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780826215932
Level of compression
unknown
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Other control number
9780826215932
Other physical details
illustrations
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)61428354
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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