Cumberers" of Wealth: Blackness, Global Value, and Climate Determinism after Emancipation

Katherine Adams

Tulane University

Katherine Adams is Associate Professor of English and Kimmerling Chair in Women’s Literature at Tulane University. She is author of Owning Up: Privacy, Property, and Belonging in US Women’s Life Writing (Oxford 2009); editor of “US Women Writing Race,” a 2009 special issue of TSWL; and co-editor of a 2017 special issue of Legacy, “Recovering Alice Dunbar-Nelson for the Twenty-First-Century.” Her current book project focuses on the relationship between cotton culture and black racial formation from 1861 to 1920.


Taking a more macro-approach, Adams examines how racial and environmental theories intersected with fantasies of global value in the postbellum South. Analyzing the blame narrative that developed around free black labor and... [ view full abstract ]


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