This study discusses representations of slavery in post-civil-rights fiction and film as reflections of public policy and opinion concerning race in the United States. These texts and films are used to discuss the twentieth-century historiography of slavery, tying together popular culture and historical studies to important political and cultural events and trends.
Foreword by Simon Wendt; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. The Debate over William Styron's The Confessions of Nat Turner; 2. Margaret Walker's Jubilee: Celebrating the Survivors of Slavery; 3. Racial Realism in Ernest Gaines' The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman; 4. Alex Haley's Roots and the Afrocentric Idea; 5. The Changing Image of Thomas Jefferson; Conclusion: The Debate Surrounding Reparations for African-Americans; Bibliography; Index.