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Eric Scott Gardner
Saginaw Valley State University (University Center, MI 48710-0001)

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars
Research Programs

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$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2012 – 6/30/2013

The Black Press in American Print Culture during the Civil War Era and the AME Church's "Christian Recorder"

With the support of an NEH Fellowship, I will complete the first comprehensive book on the rise of the African Methodist Episcopal Church's Christian Recorder during the Civil War era. Scholars are beginning to recognize that the nineteenth-century Black press offered the best (and often the only) outlet for many Black authors; similarly, many historians now see Black churches as key sites of some of the most exciting agitation for socio-political change and community-building in the period. As one of the most influential Black press venues in the nation, as the organ of a fast-growing Black denomination, and as one of the most important collections of nineteenth-century Black voices in existence, the Recorder thus offers an ideal case study for rethinking Black participation in American literature and print culture writ broadly, Black places in American religious history, and our larger sense of the Civil War era.