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Black Well-BeingHealth and Selfhood in Antebellum Black Literature$
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Andrea Stone

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813062570

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813062570.001.0001

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Black Intellectuals, Black Well-Being

Questions about the Future of Black American Literary Studies

(p.194) Conclusion
Black Well-Being

Andrea Stone

University Press of Florida

Black Well-Being’s conclusion looks forward to radical rethinking of the category of the human and its potential to reshape the ways in which we understand black selfhood during the period of New World slavery and beyond. It considers the ways in which society constructs human value and how antebellum black authors negotiated these constructs. The conclusion recounts the proliferation of assaults on black health and well-being that continue into our time, and the book ends with a hope that Black Well-Being offers some registers for reimagining how race and self-formation might structure America in more just and humane ways.

Keywords:   human, selfhood, slavery, health, well-being

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