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Creative Conflict in African American Thought

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  • Date Published: July 2006
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  • isbn: 9780511207075

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  • Building upon his previous work and using Richard Hofstadter's The American Political Tradition as a model, Professor Moses has revised and brought together in this book essays that focus on the complexity of, and contradictions in, the thought of five major African-American intellectuals: Frederick Douglass, Alexander Crummell, Booker T. Washington, W. E. B. DuBois and Marcus M. Garvey. In doing so, he challenges both popular and scholarly conceptions of them as villains or heroes. In analyzing the intellectual struggles and contradictions of these five dominant personalities with regard to individual morality and collective reform, Professor Moses shows how they contributed to strategies for black improvement and puts them within the context of other currents of American thought, including Jeffersonian and Jacksonian democracy, Social Darwinism, and progressivism.

    • First book to bring together discussions of these five major figures
    • Places emphasis on the complexity of their ideas
    • Discusses the impact of these ideas on African-American political traditions of different time periods
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    'With the provocative insight and erudition that we have come to expect from him, Wilson Moses analyzes contradiction in the thought of such prominent black intellectuals as Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, and W. E. B. Du Bois in relation to the fundamental conflicts of American political culture and the human condition.' Kevin Gaines, University of Michigan

    'Creative Conflict is an analytical masterpiece of comparable originality.' David Levering Lewis, New York University

    '… intellectually rigorous and combative study …' Journal of American Studies

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    • Date Published: July 2006
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511207075
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction: Consistency … the Hobgoblin of Little Minds:
    1. The meaning of struggle
    Part II. Frederick Douglass: The Individualist as Race Man:
    2. Where honor is due: Frederick Douglass and representative man
    3. Writing freely? Douglass's racialization, and desexualization
    4. Frederick Douglass, superstar
    Part III. Alexander Crummell: the Anglophile as Afrocentrist:
    5. Africa, Christianity, and civilization
    6. Crummell and the new south
    7. Crummell, Du Bois, and presentism
    Part IV. Booker Taliafero Washington: The Idealist as Materialist:
    8. Booker T. Washington and the meaning of progress
    9. Protestant ethic versus conspicuous consumption
    Part V. Burghardt Du Bois: The Democrat as Authoritarian:
    10. Du Bois on religion and art
    11. Du Bois and democracy: a tragic realism
    12. Du Bois protestant perfectionism and progressive pragmatism
    Part VI. Marcus Moziah Garvey: The Realist as Romantic:
    13. The birth of tragedy: Garvey's heroic struggles
    14. Becoming history: Garvey and the genius of his age
    Part VII. Conclusion: Saving Heroes from their Admirers:
    15. Reality, contradiction and the meaning of progress.

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    Wilson Jeremiah Moses, Pennsylvania State University

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