African American Jeremiad Rev: Appeals For Justice In America / Edition 2

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Begun by Puritans, the American jeremiad, a rhetoric that expresses indignation and urges social change, has produced passionate and persuasive essays and speeches throughout the nation's history. Showing that black leaders have employed this verbal tradition of protest and social prophecy in a way that is specifically African American, David Howard-Pitney examines the jeremiads of Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells, W.E.B. DuBois, Mary McLeod Bethune, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X, as well as more contemporary figures such as Jesse Jackson and Alan Keyes. This revised and expanded edition demonstrates that the African American jeremiad is still vibrant, serving as a barometer of faith in America's perfectibility and hope for social justice.

This new edition features:

* A new chapter on Malcolm X
* An updated discussion of Jesse Jackson
* A new discussion of Alan Keyes.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of American Ethnic History
...a superb work. Using speeches and writings of these prominent African Americans, and written in a style that is accessible to a wide readership, David Howard-Pitney has created a work that gives great insight into the African American prophetic vision and daring mission to make the nation right.
Church History
An important and thought-provoking book.
From the Publisher
"David Howard-Pitney contributes finely to understanding the cultural history of African American protest and accommodation in his African American Jeremiad….Pitney's work as a cultural historian is supremely evident in this volume. Among the overarching arguments he persuasively demonstrates (in departure from Wilson Moses) is that the African American jeremiad has not undergone a declension toward extinction but has, rather, periodically experienced a waning and resurgence, the latter of which characterizes its present course. Jesse Jackson and Alan Keyes, he explains, are key indicators of such. His discussion is detailed and analytically astute. In addition, he adds tremendous knowledge to the intellectual mapping of how the jeremiad has intersected with the social reality of race in American religious history. Readers from undergraduate students to advanced scholars will learn immensely from this work."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592134151
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition, Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,298,380
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : civil religion and the Anglo- and African American jeremiads 1
1 Frederick Douglass's antebellum jeremiad against slavery and racism 15
2 The brief life of Douglass's "new nation" : from emancipation-reconstruction to returning declension, 1861-1895 33
3 The jeremiad in the age of Booker T. Washington : Washington versus Ida B. Wells, 1895-1915 53
4 Great expectations : W. E. B. Du Bois's American jeremiad in the progressive era 90
5 Mary McLeod Bethune and W. E. B. Du Bois : rising and waning hopes for America at midcentury 115
6 Martin Luther King, Jr., and America's promise in the second reconstruction, 1955-1965 139
7 Malcolm X : Jeremiah to blacks, damner of whites - to the end? 161
8 King's radical jeremiad, 1965-1968 : America as the "sick society" 185
Conclusion : the enduring black jeremiad 217
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