By Nikki M. Taylor
In pursuit of his most advantageous objective, complete and equivalent citizenship for African american citizens, Peter Humphries Clark (1829--1925) defied effortless type. He used to be, at a variety of instances, the country's first black socialist, a faithful supporter of the Republican celebration, and an recommend for the Democrats. A pioneer academic activist, Clark led the struggle for African americans' entry to Ohio's public faculties and have become the 1st black critical 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 used to be complicated and enigmatic.
Though Clark motivated 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 statement to supply a balanced account of this overlooked and misunderstood determine. Charting Clark's altering allegiances and ideologies from the antebellum period in the course of the Twenties, this accomplished biography illuminates the existence and legacy of an enormous activist whereas additionally highlighting the black radical culture that helped democratize America.
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