Archibald Grimke: Portrait of a Black Independent (Southern Biography Series)

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Born a slave in 1849, the nephew of two of the major leaders of the antislavery movement, GrimkT graduated from Harvard Law School and became an influential participant in African-American intellectual life and politics. This biography is grounded in an array of primary sources, particularly the letters and writings of GrimkT and his contemporaries. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

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Dickson D. Bruce, Jr., is professor of history at the University of California at Irvine.

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This well-researched and highly readable biography represents the first book-length examination of Archibald Grimke, one of the late 19th century's most influential African Americans. The book traces Grimke's rise from slavery to prominence and examines his independence in the great racial debate of the period between Booker T. Washington's "accommodationist" philosophy and his radical opponents. Grimke's independence was too often viewed as vacillation, but the author reveals how a complicated personality sometimes dictated paradoxical stands on certain issues. Bruce (history, Univ. of California, Irvine) has written on the conservative trend in black history and literature; his biography is comparable in scholarship and interpretation to William S. McFeely's acclaimed Frederick Douglass ( LJ 2/1/92). Recommended for academic libraries and any library that collects African American history.
- Jonathan Jeffrey, Western Kentucky Univ., Bowling Green
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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