Rejecting Citizenship: Africa, Islam, and the U.S. Civil War

Ira Dworkin

Texas A&M University

Ira Dworkin is Assistant Professor of English at Texas A&M University. He is the author of Congo Love Song: African American Culture and the Crisis of the Colonial State (UNC). He has edited Daughter of the Revolution: The Major Nonfiction Works of Pauline E. Hopkins (Rutgers); Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (1845) (Penguin Classic); with Ferial Ghazoul, The Other Americas, a special issue of Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics; and with Ebony Coletu, On Demand and Relevance: Transnational American Studies in the Middle East and North Africa, a special issue of Comparative American Studies.


Soon after his 1860 arrival in the United States, Nicholas Said–an African Muslim man who had been enslaved in Africa, Europe, and Asia–volunteered for the Massachusetts 55th Regiment. After the Civil War, he published his... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Ira Dworkin (Texas A&M University)

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Performing Citizenship in Hostile Climates


S5 » Seminar 5: Performing Citizenship in Hostile Climates (10:15 - Friday, 23rd March, Boardroom East)

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