By Benjamin R Justesen
Broken Brotherhood: The upward thrust and Fall of the nationwide Afro-American Council provides a complete account of the nationwide Afro-American Council, the 1st actually national U.S. civil rights association, which existed from 1898 to 1908. in response to exhaustive examine, the quantity chronicles the Council’s achievements and its annual conferences and offers images of its key leaders.
Led by means of 4 of the main striking African American leaders of the time—journalist T. Thomas Fortune, Bishop Alexander Walters, educator Booker T. Washington, and Congressman George Henry White—the Council endured for a decade regardless of structural flaws and exterior pressures that at last ended in its dying in 1908.
writer Benjamin R. Justesen offers historic context for the Council’s improvement in the course of an period of unparalleled progress in African American companies. Justesen establishes the nationwide Afro-American Council because the earliest nationwide enviornment for discussions of severe social and political concerns affecting African americans and the one most crucial united voice lobbying for defense of the nation’s biggest minority. In a interval marked through racial segregation, frequent disfranchisement, and lynching violence, the nonpartisan council helped identify extra enduring successor organisations, supplying middle management for either the nationwide organization for the development of coloured humans and the nationwide city League.
Broken Brotherhood strains the heritage of the Council and the complex relationships between key leaders from its production in Rochester in 1898 to its final amassing in Baltimore in 1907, drawing on either deepest correspondence and modern journalism to create a balanced ancient portrait. stronger by means of 13 illustrations, the quantity additionally offers exciting information about the 10 nationwide gatherings, describes the Council’s unsuccessful try and problem disfranchisement earlier than the U.S. ideal courtroom, and sheds gentle at the sluggish breakdown of Republican unity between African American leaders within the first decade of the 20th century.
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