The Resource Untimely democracy : the politics of progress after slavery, Gregory Laski

Untimely democracy : the politics of progress after slavery, Gregory Laski

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Untimely democracy : the politics of progress after slavery
Title
Untimely democracy
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the politics of progress after slavery
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Gregory Laski
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eng
Summary
"From the abolition era to the Civil Rights movement to the age of Obama, the promise of perfectibility and improvement resonates in the story of American democracy. But what exactly does racial "progress" mean, and how do we recognize and achieve it? Untimely Democracy: The Politics of Progress After Slavery uncovers a surprising answer to this question in the writings of American authors and activists, both black and white. Conventional narratives of democracy stretching from Thomas Jefferson's America to our own posit a purposeful break between past and present as the key to the viability of this political form--the only way to ensure its continual development. But for Pauline E. Hopkins, Frederick Douglass, Stephen Crane, W. E. B. Du Bois, Charles W. Chesnutt, Sutton E. Griggs, Callie House, and the other figures examined in this book, the campaign to secure liberty and equality for all citizens proceeds most potently when it refuses the precepts of progressive time. Placing these authors' post-Civil War writings into dialogue with debates about racial optimism and pessimism, tracts on progress, and accounts of ex-slave pension activism, and extending their insights into our contemporary period, Laski recovers late-nineteenth-century literature as a vibrant site for doing political theory. Untimely Democracy ultimately shows how one of the bleakest periods in American racial history provided fertile terrain for a radical reconstruction of our most fundamental assumptions about this political system. Offering resources for moments when the march of progress seems to stutter and even stop, this book invites us to reconsider just what democracy can make possible."--
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Laski, Gregory
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810.9/896073
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illustrations
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index present
LC call number
PS 153 .N5 L38 2018
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non fiction
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  • American literature
  • Progress in literature
  • Democracy in literature
  • Slavery in literature
  • African Americans in literature
  • African Americans in literature
  • American literature
  • Democracy in literature
  • Progress in literature
  • Slavery in literature
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Untimely democracy : the politics of progress after slavery, Gregory Laski
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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Contents
Machine generated contents note: -- Table of Contents: -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction: Democracy's Progress -- Chapter One: On the Possibility of Democracy in the Present-Past: Reading Thomas Jefferson and W. E. B. Du Bois in the Times of Slavery and Freedom -- Chapter Two: Narrating the Present-Past in Frederick Douglass's Life and Times -- Chapter Three: Making Reparation; or, How to Count the Wrongs of Slavery -- Chapter Four: Failed Futures: Of Prophecy and Pessimism at the Nadir -- Chapter Five: Pauline E. Hopkins's Untimely Democracy (Stasis, Agitation, Agency) -- Epilogue: Democracy's Plunges
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xv, 269 pages
Isbn
9780190642792
Lccn
2017017170
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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n
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  • (OCoLC)986237068
  • (OCoLC)ocn986237068
Label
Untimely democracy : the politics of progress after slavery, Gregory Laski
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Machine generated contents note: -- Table of Contents: -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction: Democracy's Progress -- Chapter One: On the Possibility of Democracy in the Present-Past: Reading Thomas Jefferson and W. E. B. Du Bois in the Times of Slavery and Freedom -- Chapter Two: Narrating the Present-Past in Frederick Douglass's Life and Times -- Chapter Three: Making Reparation; or, How to Count the Wrongs of Slavery -- Chapter Four: Failed Futures: Of Prophecy and Pessimism at the Nadir -- Chapter Five: Pauline E. Hopkins's Untimely Democracy (Stasis, Agitation, Agency) -- Epilogue: Democracy's Plunges
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xv, 269 pages
Isbn
9780190642792
Lccn
2017017170
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)986237068
  • (OCoLC)ocn986237068

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