Black Lives: Essays in African American Biography

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These fifteen chapters comprise groundbreaking biographical sketches of notable but heretofore unknown (or lesser known) African Americans, among them General Daniel "Chappie" James, Jr. (the first African American four-star general in the U.S. Air Force); William Levi Dawson (a composer); Vinnette Carroll (a director and playwright); Elizabeth Ross Haynes (an early political speaker and activist); Richard Allen (founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church); Besse Head (a South African-born writer); Maria Stewart (a nineteenth-century African American writer); and a number of others.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765603302
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/31/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Maulana Karenga, Kawaida, and Phenomenology: An Intellectual Study 3
2 Vinnette Carroll: African American Director and Playwright 19
3 Higher than the Eagle: The Legacy of General Daniel "Chappie" James, Jr. 32
4 The Shaping of a Public Biography: Richard Allen and the African Methodist Episcopal Church 44
5 Outlaw Women and Toni Morrison's Communities 67
6 Bessie Head: The Idealist 84
7 Working toward the Betterment of the Community: Elizabeth Ross Haynes 95
8 A Black Composer Speaks: William Levi Dawson 110
9 Keeping Truth on My Side: Maria Stewart 117
10 Through Trinbagonian Eyes: Self-Portrait of a Caribbean Country 131
11 Life Ain't Been No Crystal Stair: The Rhetoric of Autobiography in Black Female Slave Narratives 151
12 Literary Biographical Profiles as Teaching Tools in a University Black History Course 160
13 An Intellectual Aesthetic for Black Adult Education: Malcolm X 169
14 Dr. James Emman Kwegyir Aggrey of Achimota: Preacher, Scholar, Teacher, and Gentleman 182
15 Bothersome Biography: Emmett Jay Scott 197
About the Editor and Contributors 211
Index 215
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