Confronting the Veil: Abram Harris Jr., E. Franklin Frazier, by Jonathan Scott Holloway

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By Jonathan Scott Holloway

During this ebook, Jonathan Holloway explores the early lives and careers of economist Abram Harris Jr., sociologist E. Franklin Frazier, and political scientist Ralph Bunche--three black students who taught at Howard college in the course of the New Deal and, jointly, shaped the forefront of yank social technology radicalism.

Harris, Frazier, and Bunche represented the leading edge of the younger black radical intellectual-activists who dared to criticize the NAACP for its wary civil rights time table and observed within the turmoil of the nice melancholy a chance to recommend class-based strategies to what have been normally thought of racial difficulties. regardless of the wider process they referred to as for, either their advocates and their detractors had trouble seeing them as something yet "black intellectuals" talking on "black issues."

A social and highbrow heritage of the trio, of Howard college, and of black Washington, Confronting the Veil investigates the results of racialized considering on Harris, Frazier, Bunche, and others who desired to imagine "beyond race--who anticipated a staff' move that might dispose of racial divisiveness and who used social technological know-how to illustrate the ways that race is developed through social phenomena. finally, the ebook sheds new gentle on how humans have used race to constrain the chances of radical politics and social technological know-how thinking.

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Since this book looks at three intellectuals who clearly saw themselves both as individuals and as co-operating clients in a joint venture of social reform, it is imperative that they and their work be analyzed in di√erent settings. , and the institutional development of Howard University. Both communities had a significant e√ect upon the Howard cadre, and the trio’s activism demonstrates that the reverse was true as well. Unfortunately, because these three lived and worked in such close quarters, there is very little preserved material that documents their personal exchanges aside from holiday cards and invitations to parties.

However, even when methodological issues were removed from the conversation, there remained important lessons to be learned about the intersections of politics, social science, and race. The commerce at these intersections informed so many of the post–World War II intellectual discourses. The rise of so-called neoconservative race politics, the development of housing and welfare policy reforms, and the symbolic role and status of the Negro in domestic and international a√airs have direct connections to the debates of the 1930s and to the figures who engaged introduction 15 in these debates.

In an 1897 letter to his close colleague, introduction 21 journalist John E. Bruce, Crummell expressed his disdain for politics: ‘‘never have I been so disgusted with the black politician as now a days. ’’∑∂ While Crummell railed against politics and opportunism, Booker T. Washington, the master of those practices, had solidified his standing as the most influential black leader of his generation. The founder of Tuskegee Institute, Washington accepted the social separation of the races and believed that black Americans must build themselves up largely through industrial and agricultural training.

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