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Double-Stitched Narratives: Analyzing the 1863-1865 Pocket Diaries of Emilie F. Davis

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This paper analyzes the unpublished 1863-1865 pocket diaries of Emilie Davis, a nineteenth century freeborn black woman, to reconstruct a first-person narrative of her life. This research approaches her diary entries as textual negotiations of everyday social interaction to broaden the study of how free black women negotiated freedom and space during the Civil War. The diary is approached holistically from the fields of sociolinguistics, communication, and history. Therefore, by analyzing the recurrent tropes, narrative elements and linguistic features of her writing, the diary is used as a prism through which the lives of everyday freeborn black women are illuminated and deconstructed during this historic time in history. Additionally, we will explore how the digitalization of Emilie’s diaries is an important part of contributing to the public history discourse about free Blacks and the Civil War. By preserving Emilie’s diaries for future researchers and scholars, we argue that her entries will be used to open new doors for interdisciplinary study and collaboration with educational entities and scholars with a common interest.
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Wise Whitehead, Kaye. "Double-Stitched Narratives: Analyzing the 1863-1865 Pocket Diaries of Emilie F. Davis" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 96th Annual Convention, TBA, Richmond, VA, Oct 04, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p522141_index.html>

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Wise Whitehead, K. , 2011-10-04 "Double-Stitched Narratives: Analyzing the 1863-1865 Pocket Diaries of Emilie F. Davis" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 96th Annual Convention, TBA, Richmond, VA <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p522141_index.html

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Abstract: This paper analyzes the unpublished 1863-1865 pocket diaries of Emilie Davis, a nineteenth century freeborn black woman, to reconstruct a first-person narrative of her life. This research approaches her diary entries as textual negotiations of everyday social interaction to broaden the study of how free black women negotiated freedom and space during the Civil War. The diary is approached holistically from the fields of sociolinguistics, communication, and history. Therefore, by analyzing the recurrent tropes, narrative elements and linguistic features of her writing, the diary is used as a prism through which the lives of everyday freeborn black women are illuminated and deconstructed during this historic time in history. Additionally, we will explore how the digitalization of Emilie’s diaries is an important part of contributing to the public history discourse about free Blacks and the Civil War. By preserving Emilie’s diaries for future researchers and scholars, we argue that her entries will be used to open new doors for interdisciplinary study and collaboration with educational entities and scholars with a common interest.


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