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Imperium In Imperio
by Sutton Elbert Griggs
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?A powerful, moving story . . . This new edition
should restore Griggs to his rightful place among black
intellectuals and protest novelists.?
?John Stauffer, Frederick Douglass Prize winner for The Black Hearts of Men
In October of the year 1867 the year in which our story begins a white man by the name of Tiberius Gracchus Leonard had arrived in Winchester and was employed as teacher of the school for colored children.
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Self-published in 1899 and sold door-to-door by the author, this classic African-American novel—a gripping exploration of oppression, miscegenation, exploitation, and black empowerment—was a major bestseller in its day. The dramatic story of a conciliatory black man and a mulatto nationalist who grow up in a racist America and are driven to join a radical movement dedicated to the creation of an all-black nation in Texas, Imperium in Imperio had a profound influence on the development of black nationalism.
About the Author
Author of the Preface:
A. J. Verdelle, lecturer in the creative writing program at Princeton, is the author of The Good Negress.
Cornel West, University Professor of Religion at Princeton, is the author of Race Matters and The American Evasion of Philosophy, and is the co-author of The Future of American Progressivism.
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