By Nikki M. Taylor
In pursuit of his superior objective, complete and equivalent citizenship for African american citizens, Peter Humphries Clark (1829--1925) defied effortless category. He was once, at a variety of occasions, the country's first black socialist, a devoted supporter of the Republican social gathering, and an suggest for the Democrats. A pioneer academic activist, Clark led the struggle for African american citizens' entry to Ohio's public faculties and have become the 1st black important within the country. He supported all-black colleges and staunchly defended them even after the tide became towards desegregation. As a political candidate, highbrow, educator, and activist, Clark was once advanced and enigmatic.
Though Clark prompted a iteration of abolitionists and civil rights activists, he's nearly forgotten at the present time. America's First Black Socialist attracts upon speeches, correspondence, and out of doors remark to supply a balanced account of this missed and misunderstood determine. Charting Clark's altering allegiances and ideologies from the antebellum period throughout the Twenties, this complete biography illuminates the lifestyles and legacy of a tremendous activist whereas additionally highlighting the black radical culture that helped democratize America.
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America's First Black Socialist: The Radical Life of Peter H. Clark by Nikki M. Taylor