By Nikki M. Taylor
In pursuit of his best objective, complete and equivalent citizenship for African american citizens, Peter Humphries Clark (1829--1925) defied effortless category. He was once, at quite a few instances, the country's first black socialist, a devoted supporter of the Republican occasion, and an suggest for the Democrats. A pioneer academic activist, Clark led the struggle for African americans' entry to Ohio's public colleges and have become the 1st black central within the country. He supported all-black faculties and staunchly defended them even after the tide grew to become towards desegregation. As a political candidate, highbrow, educator, and activist, Clark used to be advanced and enigmatic.
Though Clark motivated a iteration of abolitionists and civil rights activists, he's almost forgotten at the present time. America's First Black Socialist attracts upon speeches, correspondence, and outdoors remark to supply a balanced account of this ignored and misunderstood determine. Charting Clark's altering allegiances and ideologies from the antebellum period throughout the Nineteen Twenties, this accomplished biography illuminates the lifestyles and legacy of a massive 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