Black Intellectuals, Black Well-Being
Questions about the Future of Black American Literary Studies
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.
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