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Author Coleman, Finnie D.

Title Sutton E. Griggs and the struggle against white supremacy / Finnie D. Coleman.

Published Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, [2007]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  813.52 GRIGGS/ COLE    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description xxiii, 166 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [133]-154) and index.
Contents Introduction : literary archaeology and the revision of African American cultural history - recovering the works of Sutton E. Griggs -- 1. King Cotton, the Griggs family, and the making of the "New Negro" -- 2. Death of the new Negro -- 3. Crafting an Imperium in imperio : conservative black literature and the battle against white supremacy -- 4. Taming Jim Crow -- 5. The new science : epistemological contours of white supremacy.
Summary "Using Griggs's life story as a platform, Sutton E. Griggs and the Struggle against White Supremacy explores how conservative pragmatism shaped the dynamics of race relations and racial politics during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. More precisely, the book examines the various intellectual tactics that Griggs developed to combat white supremacy." "Author Finnie D. Coleman shows that Griggs was a pivotal shaper of a racial uplift philosophy that bore little relationship to more melioristic attempts at racial reconciliation. Coleman explores how Griggs's family - particularly his father - influenced his political ideology. Coleman examines why and how Griggs toyed with militant and at times violent fictional responses to white supremacy when his background and temperament were profoundly conservative and peaceful. Ultimately, Griggs yielded to his father's brand of pragmatic conservatism, but not before he produced a number of works of fiction and nonfiction that pushed the boundaries of what were acceptable reactions to the racial status quo of his day." "The author addresses other questions about Griggs's work: How did his fiction capture the generational differences between African Americans born in antebellum America and those who came of age at the end of the Gilded Age? Which rhetorical conventions proved effective against Jim Crow? Why have critical assessments of his works varied so greatly over the years? Most important, when compared with other writings of his day, why have his texts been so thoroughly marginalized?"--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Griggs, Sutton E. (Sutton Elbert), 1872-1933.
Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
African American authors -- Biography.
African Americans in literature.
Racism in literature.
ISBN 9781572334809 (hardcover : acid-free paper)
1572334800 (hardcover : acid-free paper)