The Black Moses: The Story of Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association

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In the early twentieth century, Marcus Garvey sowed the seeds of a new black pride and determination. Attacked by the black intelligentsia and ridiculed by the white press, this Jamaican immigrant astonished all with his black nationalist rhetoric.  In just four years, he built the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), the largest and most powerful all-black organization the nation had ever seen.  With hundreds of branches, throughout the United States, the UNIA represented Garvey’s greatest ...

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In the early twentieth century, Marcus Garvey sowed the seeds of a new black pride and determination. Attacked by the black intelligentsia and ridiculed by the white press, this Jamaican immigrant astonished all with his black nationalist rhetoric.  In just four years, he built the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), the largest and most powerful all-black organization the nation had ever seen.  With hundreds of branches, throughout the United States, the UNIA represented Garvey’s greatest accomplishment and, ironically, the source of his public disgrace.  Black Moses brings this controversial figure to life and recovers the significance of his life and work.

“Those who are interested in the revolutionary aspects of the twentieth century in America should not miss Cronon’s book. It makes exciting reading.”—The Nation

“A very readable, factual, and well-documented biography of Marcus Garvey.”—The Crisis, NAACP

“In a short, swiftly moving, penetrating biography, Mr. Cronon has made the first real attempt to narrate the Garvey story. From the Jamaican's traumatic race experiences on the West Indian island to dizzy success and inglorious failure on the mainland, the major outlines are here etched with sympathy, understanding, and insight.”—Mississippi Valley Historical Review (Now the Journal of American History).

“Good reading for all serious history students.”—Jet

“A vivid, detailed, and sound portrait of a man and his dreams.”—Political Science Quarterly

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“I stand before you this afternoon as a proud black man, honored to be a black man, who would be nothing else in God's creation but a black man.”—Marcus Garvey, 1928
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299012144
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1960
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 302
  • Sales rank: 784,362
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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E. David Cronon (1924–2006), was professor emeritus of history and dean emeritus of the College of Letters and Sciences at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is author of numerous books and articles on twentieth-century American history, including Labor and the New Deal.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2006

    Motivating and Well-Investigated

    ¿Black Moses¿ is a motivating and well-investigated book on the legacy of Marcus Garvey. It would make an excellent reference guide, high school textbook, or college textbook for those wanting to explore one of the most important black leaders prior to the Civil Rights era. Cronin should be commended for putting together such a well-researched, unbiased book on one of the most misunderstood leaders in black history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2004

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    The story of Marcus Garvey is a great read for any serious history student. This book included significant facts about Marcus Garvey as well as the other prominent Black Civil Rights' leaders. The book shows us many of Garvey's hardships throughout his life. Some of them include his troubles with the UNIA's Negro World newspaper, The Black Star Line, his mail fraud trail, and his personal life. Although Garvey had many hard times and stuggles with his professional and personal life he will always be remembered as one of the greatest Black Civil Rights leaders ever. He changed the way we lived then and the way we live now.

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