John Edgar Wideman: the voice of America’s great divide

From the Civil War to the prison industrial complex, Wideman’s work considers the bitter legacy of slavery.

John Edgar Wideman’s profound new book begins, as it must, with the American Civil War. The first story in this collection, “JB & FD” imagines a kind of conversation between two of the most important figures of that conflict, the white anti-slavery crusader John Brown, hanged in December 1859 for treason, murder, and inciting slave insurrection, and the black abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who had himself been born enslaved.

The story begins as historical fiction but...
source: New Statesman

2018-07-16 13:41
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