Black Radical: The Life and Times of William Monroe Trotter

Black Radical: The Life and Times of William Monroe Trotter

by Kerri K. Greenidge


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Winner • Mark Lynton History Prize

New York Times • Times Critics Top Books of 2019

The award-winning biography that restores William Monroe Trotter to his essential place next to Douglass, Du Bois, and Malcom X in the pantheon of American civil rights heroes.

Black Radical reclaims William Monroe Trotter (1872–1934) as a seminal figure whose prophetic yet ultimately tragic—and all too often forgotten—life offers a link from Frederick Douglass to Black Lives Matter. Kerri K. Greenidge renders the drama of turn-of-the-century America, showing how Trotter, a Harvard graduate, a newspaperman and an activist, galvanized black working-class citizens to wield their political power despite the virulent racism of post-Reconstruction America. Situating his story in the broader history of liberal New England to “satisfying” (Casey Cep, The New Yorker) effect, this magnificent biography will endure as the definitive account of Trotter’s life, without which we cannot begin to understand the trajectory of black radicalism in America.

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ISBN-13: 9781631498756
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 01/12/2021
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 511,547
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Kerri K. Greenidge is Mellon Assistant Professor in the Department of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora at Tufts University, where she also directs the American studies program. She lives in Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Looking Out from the Dark Tower ix

Chapter 1 Abolition's Legacy: Radical Racial Uplift and Political Independence 1

Chapter 2 Becoming the Guardian: The Perils of Conservative Racial Uplift 30

Chapter 3 The Greatest Race Paper in the Nation 63

Chapter 4 Of Riots, Suffrage Leagues, and the Niagara Movement 99

Chapter 5 Negrowump Revival 133

Chapter 6 The New Negro Legacy of the Trotter-Wilson Conflict 165

Chapter 7 From The Birth of a Nation to the National Race Congress 201

Chapter 8 Liberty's Congress 234

Chapter 9 The Stormy Petrel of the Times 273

Chapter 10 Old Mon 309

Acknowledgments 353

Notes 357

Index 395

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