The African American Jeremiad

The African American Jeremiad

Appeals for Justice in America

Book - 2005
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Begun by Puritans, the American jeremiad, a rhetoric that expresses indignation and urges social change, has produced passionate and persuasive essays and speeches throughout the nation's history. Showing that black leaders have employed this verbal tradition of protest and social prophecy in a way that is specifically African-American, David Howard-Pitney examines the jeremiads of Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells, W.E. B. DuBois, Mary McLeod Bethune, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X, as well as more contemporary figures such as Jesse Jackson and Alan Keyes. This revised and expanded edition demonstrates that the African American jeremiad is a still vibrant tradition, serving as a barometer of faith in America's perfectibility and hope for social justice. Features: a new chapter on Malcolm X updated discussion of Jesse Jackson new discussion of Alan Keyes
Publisher: Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2005
Edition: Rev. and expanded ed
ISBN: 9781592133284
1592133282
9781592134151
1592134157
Characteristics: viii, 277 p. ; 22 cm

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