One More River To Cross

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In One More River to Cross, Professor Nigel I. Malcolm argues that the rhetoric of W.E.B. Du Bois contributed to a sense of individual and group failure among African Americans. Du Bois also created a need to explain the reasons for the failure of the group, as well as that of individuals within the group, specifically those within a segment of the black population deemed 'the talented tenth.' Professor Malcolm's work explores not only the root causes of this sense of failure among Blacks, but also the way in ...

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Overview

In One More River to Cross, Professor Nigel I. Malcolm argues that the rhetoric of W.E.B. Du Bois contributed to a sense of individual and group failure among African Americans. Du Bois also created a need to explain the reasons for the failure of the group, as well as that of individuals within the group, specifically those within a segment of the black population deemed 'the talented tenth.' Professor Malcolm's work explores not only the root causes of this sense of failure among Blacks, but also the way in which some members of the talented tenth seek to cope with failure. Critiquing the writings of Derrick Bell, Randall Robinson, and Shelby Steele, Professor Malcolm reveals the ways in which these authors explain the choice of an individual or a society between consolation and/or compensation for perceived failures among Blacks. He argues that whether an author emphasizes the past or the present, the spiritual or the material, the self or the society, the inevitable result is a powerful rhetoric with implications for the future of race relations, as well as advancement among Blacks in America. The discussion of rhetoric is tied into the failure of the post-civil rights era and to W.E.B. Du Bois's earlier discussions of the talented tenth and its role among Blacks.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761839606
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 11/1/2007
  • Pages: 116
  • Product dimensions: 0.28 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Nigel I. Malcolm is Assistant Professor of Communication at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire. Professor Malcolm was a recipient of the William Jared Knapp, Jr. Memorial Scholarship while at Yale University. At the University of South Florida, he received the Graduate Educational Opportunity Grant Fellowship to pursue his M.A., and received the Florida Education Fund's McKnight Doctoral Fellowship to pursue his Ph.D. In 2005, he received the Arthur P. Bochner Award in recognition of outstanding achievement in doctoral studies while working on this project at the University of South Florida.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Preface Part 2 Acknowledgements Chapter 3 A Rhetorical Legacy Chapter 4 Rhetoric and Failure in the Analysis of Race Chapter 5 The Self-Society Topos in the Rhetoric of Shelby Steele Chapter 6 The Past-Future Topos in the Rhetoric of Derrick Bell Chapter 7 The Spiritual-Material Topos in the Rhetoric of Randall Robinson Chapter 8 Failure in the Rhetoric of Transformation Chapter 9 Postscript Part 10 Works Cited Part 11 Bibliography Part 12 Index Part 13 About the Author

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