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J. McHenry Jones’s Hearts of Gold is a gripping tale of post-Civil War battles against racism and systemic injustice. Originally published in 1896, this novel reveals an African American community of individuals dedicated to education, journalism, fraternal organizations, and tireless work serving the needs of those abandoned by the political process of the white world. Jones challenges conventional wisdom by addressing a range of subjects—from interracial relationships to forced labor in coal mines—that ...

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HEARTS OF GOLD

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Overview

J. McHenry Jones’s Hearts of Gold is a gripping tale of post-Civil War battles against racism and systemic injustice. Originally published in 1896, this novel reveals an African American community of individuals dedicated to education, journalism, fraternal organizations, and tireless work serving the needs of those abandoned by the political process of the white world. Jones challenges conventional wisdom by addressing a range of subjects—from interracial relationships to forced labor in coal mines—that virtually no other novelist of the time was willing to approach. With the addition of an introduction and appendix, this new edition reveals the difficult foundations upon which African Americans built a platform to address injustice; generate opportunities; and play a prominent role in American social, economic, and political life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781938228278
  • Publisher: West Virginia University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2012
  • Series: Regenerations , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 773 KB

Meet the Author

Educator, orator, and activist J. McHenry Jones (1859-1909) grew up in eastern Ohio. A descendant of African American tradespeople and farmers, Jones chose a career in education. He became the principal of the Lincoln School in Wheeling, West Virginia, and then later spurred more than a decade of growth at the West Virginia Colored Institute (now West Virginia State University) as the Institute’s president. Overshadowed by a modern fascination with Booker T. Washington, Jones not only remained independent from the Washington machine but also carved out niches in state and national Republican party politics, African American societies like the Grand Order of the Odd Fellows, and interracial religious organizations like the Epworth League. Although the multi-talented Jones reportedly authored a handful of novels, critics have located only his 1896 Hearts of Gold, a rich story of Black life at the turn into the twentieth century.

John Ernest is the Eberly Family Distinguished Professor of American Literature at West Virginia University. Eric Gardner is Chair, Braun Fellow, and Professor of English at Saginaw Valley State University.

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Table of Contents

•Acknowledgments
•Introduction
  by John Ernest and Eric Gardner
•Hearts of Gold
•Appendix A.
•  The Speech of James McHenry Jones, Wheeling’s Magnet Colored Orator, Seconding the Nomination of George W. Atkinson for Governor, at Parkersburg (1896)
•Appendix B.
•  Jones’s speech to the British Grand United Order of Odd Fellows 1897 Annual Conference
•Appendix C.
•  Advertisement from the Charleston Advocate (1907)
•Appendix D.
•  Jones, “The West Virginia Colored Institute” (1907)
•Appendix E.
•  Jones, “Biographical Sketch of S. W. Starks” (1908)
•Appendix F.
•  Jones, “The Epworth League and the Enthronement of Christ” (1909)
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