What is it about?

In the late 1700s, a number of black writers began to publish their experiences in English publications. Their experiences are part of an Atlantic World that included living in Africa, Britain, the United States, and the West Indies. But after the American Revolution, the experiences of these authors diverged, depending upon where they resided, on opposite sides of the conflict.

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Why is it important?

Scholars have done important work in highlighting connections across the Atlantic Ocean for black individuals. This work highlights the important caution that politics, wars, and governments also matter in individual experiences. Opportunities were better for those black authors in Britain or under British control than they were in the United States after the American Revolution.


This is a preliminary work on a larger project that examines the generation of black writers in the Atlantic World, from about 1760-1810.

Dr. Kyle T. Bulthuis
Utah State University

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This page is a summary of: Oceanic Barriers: The British-American Divide among Revolutionary Black Atlantic Writers, History, October 2017, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1111/1468-229x.12463.
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