From Emerson to King

From Emerson to King : Democracy, Race, and the Politics of Protest

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Patterson offers an exploration of Emerson's contribution to the national debate on democracy, race, and social reform. Emerson's writings, she contests, reveal a consistent pattern of contradiction between fundamental individual rights and race as a factor impossible to dismiss in a consideration of democratic values: ownership, nonconformity, freedom. She traces Emerson's legacy through the writing of African-American intellectuals of succeeding generations: Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, Martin Luther King, more

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  • Hardback | 268 pages
  • 160 x 228.6 x 25.4mm | 589.68g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • halftones
  • 0195109155
  • 9780195109153

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This elegant book contributes importantly to ongoing conversations about and in the tradition of Emerson's founding work at that peculiarly American crossing of literature, history, and engaged citizenship. * Kathryne V. Lindberg, Wayne State University * useful and suggestive, very much drawing us into rereading the essays and the often neglected journal entries. That is an achievement. But further, this book is yet another piece of problematizing in a history traceable to Plato about the uses of philosophy in times of social crisis, an issue that needs constantly to be revisited. * Ann R. Cacoullos, The British Library *show more

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