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1. Dunbar, Jessie LaFrance. Tracing the arc: representations of slave children in twentieth-century American histories and fictions.

Degree: MA, English, 2007, University of Georgia

My thesis will trace the literary and historical depictions of slave children, beginning with twentieth-century monographs on slavery and the oral and written slave narratives that historians have utilized in their research. By analyzing varied portrayals of slave children in historical studies, I will explain the flaws in early work by White scholars and trace the responses of African American scholars such as Willie Lee Rose, John Blassingame, and Herbert Gutman. I will execute close readings of two contemporary novels that feature slave children as prominent characters: Ernest Gaines’s Miss Jane Pittman (1971) and Toni Morrison’s Beloved (1987). I will examine the effectiveness of the novelists who imaginatively attempt to fill gaps in the historical scholarship on the subject of slave children. My research focuses on how African American historians and writers have responded to the pervasive apologist rhetoric of slavery. Advisors/Committee Members: Barbara McCaskill.

Subjects/Keywords: Slave Children

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APA (6th Edition):

Dunbar, J. L. (2007). Tracing the arc: representations of slave children in twentieth-century American histories and fictions. (Masters Thesis). University of Georgia. Retrieved from http://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/dunbar_jessie_l_200708_ma

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Dunbar, Jessie LaFrance. “Tracing the arc: representations of slave children in twentieth-century American histories and fictions.” 2007. Masters Thesis, University of Georgia. Accessed June 26, 2019. http://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/dunbar_jessie_l_200708_ma.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Dunbar, Jessie LaFrance. “Tracing the arc: representations of slave children in twentieth-century American histories and fictions.” 2007. Web. 26 Jun 2019.

Vancouver:

Dunbar JL. Tracing the arc: representations of slave children in twentieth-century American histories and fictions. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. University of Georgia; 2007. [cited 2019 Jun 26]. Available from: http://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/dunbar_jessie_l_200708_ma.

Council of Science Editors:

Dunbar JL. Tracing the arc: representations of slave children in twentieth-century American histories and fictions. [Masters Thesis]. University of Georgia; 2007. Available from: http://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/dunbar_jessie_l_200708_ma

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