Performing Respectability and the Politics of Politeness in the Liberia Herald

Luc Barton

Rutgers University

Luc Barton is a PhD. candidate in the department of English at Rutgers University. His dissertation, Imagined Literacies: Race and Reading in Antebellum American Literature, shows how changing ideas of black literacy and new forms of mass circulation reshaped popular ideas of race and racial identity in the early nineteenth century.


Can political autonomy exist if it depends on the successful performance of respectability or politeness? This question shaped the lives of black American colonists in Liberia in the early nineteenth-century. When the... [ view full abstract ]


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