Grassroots Garveyism: The Universal Negro Improvement Association in the Rural South, 1920-1927

Grassroots Garveyism: The Universal Negro Improvement Association in the Rural South, 1920-1927

by Mary G. Rolinson

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807872789
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 02/01/2012
Series: The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Mary G. Rolinson is lecturer of history at Georgia State University.

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction: Rediscovering Southern Garveyism     1
Antecedents     24
Lessons     48
Growth     72
Members     103
Appeal     131
Transition     161
Epilogue: Legacy     192
UNIA Divisions in the Eleven States of the Former Confederacy     197
Numbers of Southern Members of UNIA Divisions by State     200
Numbers of Sympathizers Involved in Mass Meetings and Petitions for Garvey's Release from Jail and Prison, 1923-1927     201
Phases of Organization of UNIA Divisions in the South by State     202
Ministers as Southern UNIA Officers, 1926-1928     203
Profiles of UNIA Members in Georgia, Arkansas, and Mississippi, 1922-1928, and NAACP Branch Leaders in Georgia, 1917-1920     204
Women Organizers in the UNIA in the South, 1922-1928     214
Notes     217
Bibliography     251
Index     269

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Poor, black southern supporters constituted the bedrock of Garveyism in the United States. They are now given—belatedly and for the first time—their rightful due in the development and sustaining of this extraordinary movement. Grassroots Garveyism is a richly detailed and compelling portrait of the lives and struggles of these Garveyites in the rural South. It is also a gripping epic, profoundly illuminating and moving. Rolinson's is a most remarkable achievement and a wonderful tribute to the previously unsung.—Winston James, University of California, Irvine, and author of Holding Aloft the Banner of Ethiopia: Caribbean Radicalism in Early Twentieth-Century America

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