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“A Story Written on Her Face”: Pauline Hopkins’s Unmaking of the Inherited Character of Race

James B. Salazar

in Bodies of Reform: The Rhetoric of Character in Gilded Age America

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814741306
eISBN:
9780814786536
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814741306.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter considers the vexed role played by the rhetoric of character in articulating the physiognomic taxonomies of racial science but also in mobilizing challenges to the corporeal schemas of ... More


New Negro Politics from Reconstruction to the Harlem Renaissance

Gene Andrew Jarrett

in Representing the Race: A New Political History of African American Literature

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814743386
eISBN:
9780814743874
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814743386.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter explores politics in literature, interpreting New Negro politics as a paradigm. New Negro politics accounts for a cultural formation that sought to overcome the prevailing theme that ... More


“One for Whom Bread—Food—Is Not Enough”: Beneatha Younger, Uplift Ideology, and Intellectual Freedom

Carol Bunch Davis

in Prefiguring Postblackness: Cultural Memory, Drama, and the African American Freedom Struggle of the 1960s

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781496802989
eISBN:
9781496803023
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496802989.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter offers a reading of Lorraine Hansberry's 1959 play A Raisin in the Sun, arguing that it foregrounds the necessity for racial uplift ideology in the Younger family's pursuit of the ... More


“Ghost(s) in the House!”: Black Subjectivity and Howard Sackler’s <i>The Great White Hope</i>

Carol Bunch Davis

in Prefiguring Postblackness: Cultural Memory, Drama, and the African American Freedom Struggle of the 1960s

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781496802989
eISBN:
9781496803023
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496802989.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter examines the interplay of cultural memory and black subjectivity in Howard Sackler's 1967 play, The Great White Hope, by considering Rashid Johnson's 2006 photograph, Self Portrait ... More


Ethics in a World of Bad Faith

Terrence L. Johnson

in Tragic Soul-Life: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Moral Crisis Facing American Democracy

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780195383980
eISBN:
9780199897469
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383980.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature, Philosophy of Religion

Chapter Six places Du Bois’s revised Talented Tenth as an extension of tragic soul-life. In this context, the Talented Tenth is a pragmatic model of how to exercise soul-beauty—the moral practices of ... More


Talk with You Like a Woman: African American Women, Justice, and Reform in New York, 1890-1935

Cheryl D. Hicks

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807834244
eISBN:
9781469603759
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807882320_hicks
Subject:
History, African-American History

This book brings to light the voices and viewpoints of black working-class women, especially southern migrants, who were the subjects of urban and penal reform in early twentieth-century New York. ... More


Not Alms but Opportunity: The Urban League and the Politics of Racial Uplift, 1910-1950

Toure F. Reed

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807832233
eISBN:
9781469605708
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807888544_reed
Subject:
History, African-American History

Illuminating the class issues that shaped the racial uplift movement, this book explores the ideology and policies of the national, New York, and Chicago Urban Leagues during the first half of the ... More


The Age of Garvey: How a Jamaican Activist Created a Mass Movement and Changed Global Black Politics

Adam Ewing

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691157795
eISBN:
9781400852444
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691157795.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Jamaican activist Marcus Garvey (1887–1940) organized the Universal Negro Improvement Association in Harlem in 1917. By the early 1920s, his program of African liberation and racial uplift had ... More


Appreciate the Noble and the Beautiful within Us: Ragging Uplift with Rhythmic Transgressions

David Gilbert

in The Product of Our Souls: Ragtime, Race, and the Birth of the Manhattan Musical Marketplace

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9781469622699
eISBN:
9781469622712
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469622699.003.0004
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter describes how the Hotel Marshall musicians advanced new and transgressive approaches to racial politics and representations. Their visions of blackness saw beauty in the vernacular of ... More


Introduction

Lawrence Schenbeck

in Racial Uplift and American Music, 1878-1943

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617032295
eISBN:
9781617032301
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617032295.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter explores the importance of the “racial uplift” ideology among African American musicians between 1878 and 1943. It explains that the racial uplift described a state of material and ... More


“Try to Refrain from That Desire”: Self-Control and Violent Passion in Oscar Micheaux’s African American Western

Michael K. Johnson

in Hoo-Doo Cowboys and Bronze Buckaroos: Conceptions of the African American West

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781617039287
eISBN:
9781626740013
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617039287.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Although Oscar Micheaux’s novel The Homesteader is clearly a western, it is also specifically an African American western, a revised version of the genre that is guided and informed by Micheaux’s ... More


The Postblack Ethos in “Texts Out of Time”: Rosa Parks and the African American Freedom Struggle in Cultural Memory

Carol Bunch Davis

in Prefiguring Postblackness: Cultural Memory, Drama, and the African American Freedom Struggle of the 1960s

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781496802989
eISBN:
9781496803023
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496802989.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This book challenges the cultural memory of the African American Freedom Struggle era that hinges on a master narrative focused on the “heroic period” of the Civil Rights Movement. It argues that ... More


Racial Uplift and the Figure of the Black Soldier

John A Casey

in New Men: Reconstructing the Image of the Veteran in Late-Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780823265398
eISBN:
9780823266708
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823265398.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

In contrast to white soldiers, who were largely able to take the concepts of manhood and citizenship for granted, soldiers in the United States Colored Troops (USCT) struggled to prove to society not ... More


Racial Uplift and American Music, 1878-1943

Lawrence Schenbeck

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617032295
eISBN:
9781617032301
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617032295.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

This book traces the career of racial uplift ideology as a factor in elite African Americans’ embrace of classical music around the turn of the previous century, from the collapse of Reconstruction ... More


“Proper, Dignified Agitation”: The Evolution of Mary Church Terrell

Brittney C. Cooper

in Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780252040993
eISBN:
9780252099540
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040993.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gender Studies

This chapter recuperates Mary Church Terrell as a critical theorist of Black racial uplift. The first President of the NACW, Terrell went on to have a sixty-year career in Civil Rights activism. This ... More


From Uplift to New Negia Marriages: Changing Ideals of Sexuality and Activism in African American Marriages, 1890–1940

Anastasia C. Curwood

in Stormy Weather: Middle-Class African American Marriages between the Two World Wars

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807834343
eISBN:
9781469603872
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807868386_curwood.5
Subject:
History, African-American History

At the turn of the twentieth century, African Americans developed changing attitudes toward marriages. This chapter explains how ideals of marriage and sexuality changed after World War I. ... More


“A Ghost of the Future”: Racial (Mis)perception and Black Subjectivity in LeRoi Jones’s <i>Dutchman</i>

Carol Bunch Davis

in Prefiguring Postblackness: Cultural Memory, Drama, and the African American Freedom Struggle of the 1960s

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781496802989
eISBN:
9781496803023
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496802989.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter offers a reading of Amiri Baraka's 1964 play, Dutchman, focusing on its use of race icons to engage with white liberal response to racial uplift ideology and its implications for black ... More


Women’s Rights, the World’s Fair, and Activists on the National Stage

Margaret Garb

in Freedom's Ballot: African American Political Struggles in Chicago from Abolition to the Great Migration

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780226135908
eISBN:
9780226136066
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226136066.003.0003
Subject:
History, African-American History

The World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893 provoked wide-ranging protests from African Americans who were largely excluded from the Fair's exhibits. The famed anti-lynching activist Ida B. ... More


The Church and the Negro Spirit

Josef Sorett

in Spirit in the Dark: A Religious History of Racial Aesthetics

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780199844937
eISBN:
9780190606640
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199844937.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter offers an extended portrait of a persistent pairing—of church and spirit—that appeared in so much of black writing during the 1920s. Special attention is paid to several of the texts ... More


Follow Me through Florida: Florida’s Negro Writers’ Unit, the Ex-Slave Project, and The Florida Negro

Catherine A. Stewart

in Long Past Slavery: Representing Race in the Federal Writers' Project

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781469626260
eISBN:
9781469628295
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626260.003.0008
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter examines the methods African American employees on the Florida Project adopted in order to establish their authority within the Federal Writers’ Project. Florida was one of the earliest ... More


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