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Imperium in Imperio (1899) was the first black novel to countenance openly the possibility of organized black violence against Jim Crow segregation. Its author, a Baptist minister and newspaper editor from Texas, Sutton E. Griggs (1872–1933), would go on to publish four more novels; establish his own publishing company, one of the first secular publishing houses owned and operated by an African American in the United States; and help to found the American Baptist Theological Seminary in Tennessee. Alongside W. E. B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington, Griggs was a key political and literary voice for black education and political rights and against Jim Crow.

Jim Crow, Literature, and the Legacy of Sutton E. Griggs examines the wide scope of Griggs’s influence on African American literature and politics at the turn of the twentieth century. Contributors engage Griggs’s five novels and his numerous works of nonfiction, as well as his publishing and religious careers. By taking up Griggs’s work, these essays open up a new historical perspective on African American literature and the terms that continue to shape American political thought and culture.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 8-9
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. Sutton Griggs and the Borderlands of Empire
  2. pp. 21-48
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  1. Empires at Home and Abroad in Sutton E. Griggs’s Imperium in Imperio
  2. pp. 49-68
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  1. Edward Everett Hale’s and Sutton E. Griggs’s Men without a Country
  2. pp. 69-87
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  1. Moving Up a Dead-End Ladder: Black Class Mobility, Death, and Narrative Closure in Sutton Griggs’s Overshadowed
  2. pp. 88-110
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  1. Social Darwinism, American Imperialism, and the Origins of the Science of Collective Efficiency in Sutton E. Griggs’s Unfettered
  2. pp. 111-142
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  1. Reading in Sutton E. Griggs
  2. pp. 143-166
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  1. Sutton E. Griggs against Thomas Dixon’s “Vile Misrepresentations”: The Hindered Hand and The Leopard’s Spots
  2. pp. 167-185
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  1. Harnessing the Niagara: Sutton E. Griggs’s The Hindered Hand
  2. pp. 186-213
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  1. Jim Crow and the House of Fiction: Charles W. Chesnutt’s and Sutton E. Griggs’s Last Novels
  2. pp. 214-253
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  1. Perfecting the Political Romance: The Last Novel of Sutton Griggs
  2. pp. 254-282
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  1. Chronology: The Life and Times of Sutton E. Griggs
  2. pp. 283-288
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 289-292
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 293-296
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 297-212
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780820346304
Related ISBN
9780820346304
MARC Record
OCLC
867742198
Pages
320
Launched on MUSE
2013-12-13
Language
English
Open Access
No
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