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The Resource Uncompromising activist : Richard Greener, first black graduate of Harvard College, Katherine Reynolds Chaddock

Uncompromising activist : Richard Greener, first black graduate of Harvard College, Katherine Reynolds Chaddock

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Uncompromising activist : Richard Greener, first black graduate of Harvard College
Title
Uncompromising activist
Title remainder
Richard Greener, first black graduate of Harvard College
Statement of responsibility
Katherine Reynolds Chaddock
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "This book is a narrative biography of a subject who is intriguing in his own right, but is also exemplary of confounding perspectives on race and skin color then and now--probably more so now, with the enormous growth of a multiracial citizenry. 'Black' citizens always came in all shades. But they continue to be distinguished (by fellow blacks as well as whites) as 'yellow' or 'light skinned' or 'brown'--overly light or overly dark. The labels have consequences, and for Greener those were often sad, sometimes heartbreaking. Always too black or too white, he found it impossible to fulfill his promise as a truly effective leader and professional. Tragically, amid a precarious marital relationship, his light-skinned wife separated from him, changed her name to Greene, and passed for white. His three daughters and two sons followed suit. There is no evidence he saw any of them during the last 25 years of his life. When administrations changed, he was recalled from his diplomatic post by President Roosevelt, and he lived from 1906 until his death in 1922 with relatives in Chicago. His final years were not as the elder statesman for his race that he'd hoped to be, but as a silent, somewhat bitter, old man whose name would be largely forgotten"--Provided by publisher
  • "Richard Theodore Greener (1844-1922) was a renowned black activist and scholar. In 1870, he was the first black graduate of Harvard College. During Reconstruction, he was the first black faculty member at a Southern white college, the University of South Carolina. He was even the first black US diplomat to a white country, serving in Vladivostok, Russia. A notable speaker and writer for racial equality, he also served as a dean of the Howard University School of Law and as the administrative head of the Ulysses S. Grant Monument Association. Yet he died in obscurity, his name barely remembered. His black friends and colleagues often looked askance at the light-skinned Greener's ease among whites and sometimes wrongfully accused him of trying to 'pass.' While he was overseas on a diplomatic mission, Greener's wife and five children stayed in New York City, changed their names, and vanished into white society. Greener never saw them again. At a time when Americans viewed themselves simply as either white or not, Greener lost not only his family but also his sense of clarity about race. Richard Greener's story demonstrates the human realities of racial politics throughout the fight for abolition, the struggle for equal rights, and the backslide into legal segregation. Katherine Reynolds Chaddock has written a long overdue narrative biography about a man, fascinating in his own right, who also exemplified America's discomfiting perspectives on race and skin color. Uncompromising Activist is a lively tale that will interest anyone curious about the human elements of the equal rights struggle"--Provided by publisher
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Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1945-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Chaddock, Katherine Reynolds
Dewey number
  • 327.730092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E185.97.G796
LC item number
R48 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
The Johns Hopkins University studies in historical and political science
Series volume
132nd series (2017), [2]
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Greener, Richard Theodore
  • Harvard College (1780- )
  • University of South Carolina
  • Howard University
  • Greener, Richard Theodore
  • Harvard College (1780- )
  • Howard University
  • University of South Carolina
  • African Americans
  • African American political activists
  • African American scholars
  • African American diplomats
  • Passing (Identity)
  • United States
  • HISTORY / United States / General
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Black Studies (Global)
  • African American diplomats
  • African American political activists
  • African American scholars
  • African Americans
  • Passing (Identity)
  • Race relations
  • Students
  • Universities and colleges
  • United States
Label
Uncompromising activist : Richard Greener, first black graduate of Harvard College, Katherine Reynolds Chaddock
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-198) 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
Introduction: A search for identity -- Boyhood Interrupted -- Being Prepared -- Experiment at Harvard -- An Accidental Academic -- Professing in a Small and Angry Place -- The Brutal Retreat -- Unsettled Advocate -- A Violent Attack and Hopeless Case -- Monumental Plans -- Off White -- Our Man in Vladivostok -- Closure in Black and White -- Epilogue: The Passing of Richard Greener
Control code
ocn983568517
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
206 pages
Isbn
9781421423296
Lccn
2016052558
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)983568517
Label
Uncompromising activist : Richard Greener, first black graduate of Harvard College, Katherine Reynolds Chaddock
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 191-198) 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
Introduction: A search for identity -- Boyhood Interrupted -- Being Prepared -- Experiment at Harvard -- An Accidental Academic -- Professing in a Small and Angry Place -- The Brutal Retreat -- Unsettled Advocate -- A Violent Attack and Hopeless Case -- Monumental Plans -- Off White -- Our Man in Vladivostok -- Closure in Black and White -- Epilogue: The Passing of Richard Greener
Control code
ocn983568517
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
206 pages
Isbn
9781421423296
Lccn
2016052558
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)983568517

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