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Having as their point of departure the idea that “the past,” as James Baldwin notes, “is all that makes the present coherent, and further, that the past will remain horrible as long as we refuse to assess it honestly,”1African American women writers embark upon representations of history that aim to connect past and present and individual and community. In this context, history emerges as the central vehicle of cultural reconstruction, of community renewal, and self-discovery.
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