Crusade for Justice and the Question of Authenticity in African American Autobiography

Monia Dal Checco


This article aims at throwing light on the concept of racial authenticity and on its connections with the discourses around authority and cultural dominance. In particular it looks at the concept of authenticity – conceived as documentations, preoccupation with factuality and credibility – in Ida B. Wells´s Crusade for Justice, which I consider as a work of transition between slave narratives and post-Emancipation political memoirs.


authenticity, authority, Ida B. Wells, slave narratives, memoir

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