John Edward Bruce: Politician, Journalist, and Self-Trained Historian of the African Diaspora

John Edward Bruce: Politician, Journalist, and Self-Trained Historian of the African Diaspora

by Ralph Crowder, Anthony Pinn
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0814715184

ISBN-13: 9780814715185

Pub. Date: 02/01/2004

Publisher: New York University Press

John Edward Bruce, a premier black journalist from the late 1800's until his death in 1924, was a vital force in the popularization of African American history. "Bruce Grit," as he was called, wrote for such publications as Marcus Garvey's nationalist newspaper, The Negro World, and McGirt's Magazine.

Born a slave in Maryland in 1856, Bruce gained his freedom by

Overview

John Edward Bruce, a premier black journalist from the late 1800's until his death in 1924, was a vital force in the popularization of African American history. "Bruce Grit," as he was called, wrote for such publications as Marcus Garvey's nationalist newspaper, The Negro World, and McGirt's Magazine.

Born a slave in Maryland in 1856, Bruce gained his freedom by joining a regiment of Union soldiers passing through on their way to Washington, DC. Bruce was in contact with major figures in African American history, including Henry Highland Garnett and Martin Delany, both instrumental in the development of 19th century Black nationalism and the struggle for Black liberation. Close relationships with Liberian statesman Edward Wilmot Blyden and with Alexander Crummell, a key advocate for the emigration of Blacks to Africa, assisted in Bruce's development into a leading African American spokesman.

In 1911, Arthur Alfonso Schomburg and Bruce co-founded the Negro Society for Historical Research, which greatly influenced black book collecting and preservation as well as the study of African American themes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814715185
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
02/01/2004
Pages:
243
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents


Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Appreciating Neglected Voices—John Edward Bruce and the Struggle to Liberate the Race
1 From Slavery to Freedom: John Edward Bruce’s Childhood and Adolescence
2 Blyden, Crummell, and Bruce: Mentors, Patrons, and the Evolution of a Pan-African Intellectual Network
3 Race, Politics, and Patronage: John Edward Bruce and the Republican Party
4 Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, and John Edward Bruce’s Career as a Journalistic Hired Gun
5 The Popularization of African American History: John Edward Bruce as Historian, Bibliophile, and Black History Advocate
6 “Grand Old Man of the Movement”: John Edward Bruce, Marcus Garvey, and the UNIA
Conclusion: The Making of a Race Man: The Meaning and Signi?cance of John Edward Bruce’s Life
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index
About the Author
Illustrations appear together as an insert following page 54.

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