Category Archives: Black Writers

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Toni Morrison: Playing in the Dark

This title does say it all.  Toni Morrison’s Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination focuses on the construction of whiteness in American literature, one of the central places America tries to establish itself as new, white, and … Continue reading

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Robert S. Abbott: Champion of “The Race”

In 1905 Robert Abbott began one of the biggest return-on-investment acts of his day: he invested 25 cents to issue 300 copies of his newspaper The Chicago Defender.  Eventually this two-cent weekly paper—which he heralded as “The World’s Greatest Weekly”—made … Continue reading

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Willard Motley: His “Race”

In the Afterword of my book Black Writing from Chicago, after I apologize first for not including the great novelist Leon Forrest, I apologize second for not including Willard Motley.  I wrote: “Among other worthy novelists that could not be … Continue reading

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