Black Radical: The Life and Times of William Monroe Trotter

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Black Radical reclaims William Monroe Trotter (1872–1934) as a seminal figure whose prophetic yet ultimately tragic—and all too often forgotten—life offers a link from Frederick Douglass to Black Lives Matter. Kerri K. Greenidge renders the drama of turn-of-the-century America, showing how Trotter, a Harvard graduate, a newspaperman and an activist, galvanized black working-class citizens to wield their political power despite the virulent racism of post-Reconstruction America. Situating his story in the broader history of liberal New England to “satisfying” (Casey Cep, The New Yorker) effect, this magnificent biography will endure as the definitive account of Trotter’s life, without which we cannot begin to understand the trajectory of black radicalism in America.

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Weight0.8 lbs
Dimensions8.3 × 5.6 × 1.1 in
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January 12, 2021









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1 review for Black Radical: The Life and Times of William Monroe Trotter

  1. audra

    This is the book every Black person needs to read to understand the history of this country’s politics and how it has treated and continues to treat Black people. William Monroe Trotter was a Negrowump and believed in race first politics. If you ask me, we need to get back to this. Definitely an excellent resource for anyone who wants to lift the veil on America’s politics.

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