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Vincent Carretta has assembled the most comprehensive anthology ever published of writings by eighteenth-century people of African descent, capturing the surprisingly diverse experiences of blacks on both sides of the Atlantic--America, Britain, the West Indies, and Africa--between 1760 and 1798.

An important work for gaining an understanding of a heretofore little examined aspect of the eighteenth century. -- Bloomsbury Review

The selection of texts is diverse and wide-ranging. . . . The most comprehensive anthology on the subject and deserves to become the standard text for students in eighteenth-century studies and American studies. -- British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies

Establishes the canon of Black diasporic authors writing in English in the 18th century and makes the texts accessible to scholars and students. -- East-Central Intelligencer

Carretta has done eighteenth-century studies an immeasurable service. . . . The definitive anthology of black writing of the eighteenth-century African diaspora, serving the purpose of both introduction to and contestation of the overlapping fields of American, British, religious, and African studies. -- Eighteenth-Century Fiction

Most challenging and exhaustive, both in quality and quantity of research, presentation, scope, and premise. Carretta seeks to validate what for him is an unbroken link of unshackled black literary voices. -- Eighteenth-Century Studies

This is the most comprehensive collection of writings by people of African descent on both sides of the Atlantic more than 200 years ago. -- Lexington Herald-Leader

An excellent anthology. -- Times Literary Supplement

Cause for celebration. . . . Will no doubt contribute to the ongoing rethinking of the eighteenth-century canon. -- Year’s Work in English Studies

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The University Press of Kentucky

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Lexington, KY






English literature, American literature, African Americans, Black authors, African American authors


Literature in English, North America

Unchained Voices: An Anthology of Black Authors in the English-Speaking World of the Eighteenth Century
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