Creative Conflict in African American Thought / Edition 1

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Wilson Moses bases this collection of essays on the thought of five major African-American intellectuals: Frederick Douglass, Alexander Crummell, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, and Marcus J. Garvey. Highlighting the intellectual struggles and contradictions of these personalities, with regard to individual morality and collective reform, Moses reveals how they contributed to strategies for black progress. He analyzes their thinking within the contexts of Jeffersonian and Jacksonian democracy, Social Darwinism, and progressivism. Wilson J. Moses is Ferree Professor of American History and Senior Fellow of the Arts and Humanities Institute at the Pennsylvania State University. He has been Fulbright Senior Lecturer at the Free University of Berlin and Fulbright Guest Professor at the University of Vienna. His books include Liberian Dreams: Back to Africa Narratives from the 1850s (Pennsylvania State University Press, 1998), and Afrotopia: The Roots of African American Popular History (Cambridge, 1998).

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"Professor Moses has written an important and engaging book of which specialists will be particularly enamored. Its unusual approach in interrogating the lives and leadership of these important African American leaders alone makes it worthwhile." -Bernard E. Powers Jr., History of Intellectual Culture
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521535373
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/29/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface : struggle, challenge, and history
1 Introduction : reality and contradiction 1
Frederick Douglass : the individualist as race man
2 Frederick Douglass : superstar and public intellectual 21
3 Where honor is due : Frederick Douglass as representative black man 46
4 Writing freely? Frederick Douglass and the constraints of racialized writing 61
Alexander Crummell : the anglophile as arfocentrist
5 Alexander Crummell and stoic African elitism 83
6 Alexander Crummell and southern reconstruction 103
7 Crummell, hero worship, Du Bois, and presentism 121
Booker Taliaffro Washington : the idealist as materialist
8 Booker T. Washington and the meanings of progress 141
9 Protestant ethic verus conspicuous consumption 166
W. E. B. Du Bois : the democrat as authoritarian
10 W. E. B. Du Bois on religion and art : dynamic contradictions and multiple consciousness 185
11 Angel of light and darkness : Du Bois and the meaning of democracy 197
12 Du Bois and progressivism : the anticapitalist as elitist 210
Marcus Moziah Garvey : the realist as romantic
13 The birth of tragedy : Garvey's heroic struggles 231
14 Becoming history : Garvey and the genius of his age 256
Conclusion : rescuing heroes from their admirers
15 Rescuing heroes from their admirers : heroic proportions imply Brobdingnagian blemishes 287
Index 295
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