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作者 Taylor, Elizabeth Dowling, author
書名 The original Black elite : Daniel Murray and the story of a forgotten era / Elizabeth Dowling Taylor
出版項 New York, NY : Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
©2017
國際標準書號 9780062346094 (hardback)
0062346091 (hardback)
book jacket
館藏地 索書號 處理狀態 OPAC 訊息 條碼
 人文社會聯圖  E185.93.D6 T39 2017    在架上    30610020538674
 歐美所圖書館3F西文書區  973 M962ta 2017    到期 09-26-20  -  30500101551086
版本 First edition
說明 498 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map, genealogical table ; 24 cm
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附註 Includes bibliographical references (pages 421-464) and index
Prologue -- Up and coming -- The good wife -- The Black elite -- The good life -- The good citizen -- Activist couple -- Backsliding -- Confronting lost ground -- National Afro-American Council -- Black history pioneer -- Courting controversy -- Struggling -- Father and sons -- Disillusioned -- Life's work -- Ironic fruits -- New Negro/Old cit -- Epilogue
"In the wake of the Civil War, Daniel Murray, born free and educated in Baltimore, was in the vanguard of Washington, D.C.'s black upper class. Appointed Assistant Librarian at the Library of Congress, at a time when government appointments were the most prestigious positions available for blacks, Murray became wealthy through his business as a construction contractor and married a college-educated socialite. The Murray's social circles included some of the first African-American U.S. Senators and Congressmen, and their children went to the best colleges, Harvard and Cornell. Though Murray and other black elite of his time were primed to assimilate into the cultural fabric as Americans first and people of color second, their prospects were crushed by Jim Crow segregation and the capitulation to white supremacist groups by the government, which turned a blind eye to their unlawful, often murderous, acts. Elizabeth Dowling Taylor traces the rise, fall, and disillusionment of upper-class African Americans, revealing that they were a representation not of hypothetical achievement but what could be realized by African Americans through education and equal opportunities. As she makes clear, these well-educated and wealthy elite were living proof that African Americans did not lack ability to fully participate in the social contract as white supremacists claimed, making their subsequent fall when Reconstruction was prematurely abandoned all the more tragic"--Provided by publisher
主題 Murray, Daniel Alexander Payne, 1852-1925
National Afro-American Council
African Americans -- Washington (D.C.)
African American librarians -- Biography
African American intellectuals -- History -- 19th century
African American intellectuals -- History -- 20th century
Upper class African Americans -- History -- 19th century
Upper class African Americans -- History -- 20th century
African American leadership -- History
African Americans -- Social life and customs
United States -- Race relations -- History
African Americans -- History -- 1877-1964
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