African-American Odyssey: The Stewarts,1853-1963 / Edition 1

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"An extraordinary glimpse into the turbulent, troubled world of three generations of an elite African-American family. Broussard masterfully weaves the Stewarts' century-long, often frustrating campaign for success and prominence with the bittersweet history of black people in an increasingly racially stratified America. I was so fascinated that I read it through in one sitting."—Quintard Taylor, author of In Search of a Racial Frontier

"An insightful and engaging biography of the inner lives and the public world of a nineteenth-century black patriarch and his progeny. Broussard is to be especially commended for his use of gender and professional class in his analysis. His insightful chapter on Carlotta Stewart Lai is solidly grounded in the best scholarship in black women's history and theory. A major contribution to African-American history, this book deserves and is certain to attract a wide and diverse readership among scholars and general readers alike."—Darlene Clark Hine, author of Speak Truth to Power: The Black Professional Class in United States History

Author Biography: Albert S. Broussard is associate professor of history at Texas A & M University and author of Black San Francisco: The Struggle for Racial Equality in the West, 1900-1954, also published by the University Press of Kansas.

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Broussard (history, Texas A&M U.) offers an insightful biography of three generations of an elite African-American family, integrating gender and class analysis in his evaluation of their accomplishments and struggles both within and outside the family. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700609161
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.51 (w) x 9.59 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I The Mission of the Talented Tenth
1 Humble Beginnings 11
2 A National Leader Emerges 32
3 Years of Triumph and Frustration 49
4 The Talented Tenth 64
5 New Challenges, New Frustrations: Hawaii, Liberia, and St. Thomas, 1898-1923 79
Photo Insert 103
Pt. II Race, Obligation, and the New Generation
6 McCants Stewart: The Struggle of the African-American Professional in the Far West 121
7 Gilchrist Stewart: Forgotten Black Leader in the Age of Booker T. Washington 138
8 Carlotta Stewart Lai: An African-American Teacher in the Territory of Hawaii 150
9 Robert Flippin and Katherine Stewart Flippin 164
Conclusion 185
Notes 193
Index 237
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