Black Conservatism: Essays in Intellectual and Political History

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This volume is the first comprehensive examination of African American conservative thought and politics from the late eighteenth century to the present. The essays in the collection explore various aspects of African American conservatism, including biographical studies of abolitionist James Forten, clergymen Henry McNeal Turner and J.H. Jackson, and activists A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin. Thematic essays in the volume consider southern black conservatism in the late nineteenth century and after World War I, African American success manuals, Ellisonian cultural criticism , the Nation of Islam, and African Americans and the Republican Party after 1964.
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Explores African-American conservative thought and politics from the late 18th century to the 1996 election. Some of the ten essays focus on a particular person or group, among them abolitionist James Forten, clergyman Henry McNeal Turner, and activist Bayard Rustin. Others consider themes, such as success manuals, Ellisonian cultural criticism, the Nation of Islam, and the Republican Party. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Series Editors' Foreword
Ch. 1 James Forten, Conservative Radical 3
Ch. 2 Henry McNeal Turner - Conservative? Radical? Or Independent? 25
Ch. 3 Southern Black Conservatism, 1865-1945: An Introduction 51
Ch. 4 The Washingtonian Legacy: A History of Black Political Conservatism in America, 1915-1944 81
Ch. 5 Radical Rhetoric, Conservative Reality: The Nation of Islam As an American Conservative Formation 109
Ch. 6 The African-American Gospel of Business Success 133
Ch. 7 Ralph Ellison, Albert Murray, Stanley Crouch, and Modern Black Cultural Conservatism 151
Ch. 8 Uncle Tom, Pragmatist, or Visionary?: An Assessment of the Reverend Dr. Joseph Harrison Jackson and Civil Rights 169
Ch. 9 The Evolution of A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin from Radicalism to Conservatism 201
Ch. 10 The Republican Party and the African-American Vote Since 1964 233
Select Bibliography 263
Notes on Contributors 281
Index 285
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