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The American South and the Atlantic World$
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Brian Ward, Martyn Bone, and William A. Link

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813044378

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813044378.001.0001

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The Textual Atlantic

The Textual Atlantic

Race, Time, and Representation in the Writings of AME Bishop Levi Jenkins Coppin

(p.170) 8 The Textual Atlantic
The American South and the Atlantic World

Leigh Anne Duck

University Press of Florida

This chapter on the African Methodist Episcopal Bishop Levi Jenkins Coppin describes how ideas of race and racial, as well as regional, identity were generated and circulated around the Atlantic World at the turn of the twentieth century. It uses the writings and photographs of Coppin, a southerner who became the first AME Bishop of Cape Town in South Africa, to demonstrate how conceptions of the Atlantic World and its constituent parts, including the American South, and its peoples were at some level created by acts of imagination as well as symbolic constructs enacted through textual and visual representations and misrepresentations, as well as through commercial, demographic, military, and legal encounters and exchanges. It also uses Coppin’s attempts to work through notions of diasporic black identities to complicate how we think about the Black Atlantic and its manifestations in Africa and the United States.US South

Keywords:   Atlantic World, Black Atlantic, diaspora, South Africa, Levi Jenkins Coppin, African Methodist Episcopal Church

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