INTRODUCTION

Sutton Griggs’s first novel, Imperium in Imperio: A Study of the Negro Race Problem (1899), grapples with the contradictory models of leadership offered by the self-serving Bernard Belgrade and the progressive Belton Piedmont. In examining their conflicting strategies of racial uplift and the questi...

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Published in: Black Masculinity and the U.S. South p. 1
Main Author: RICHÉ RICHARDSON
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: University of Georgia Press 01-25-2010
Subjects:
Men
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Summary: Sutton Griggs’s first novel, Imperium in Imperio: A Study of the Negro Race Problem (1899), grapples with the contradictory models of leadership offered by the self-serving Bernard Belgrade and the progressive Belton Piedmont. In examining their conflicting strategies of racial uplift and the question of who is the better and truer “race man,” the novel also points to distinctions and hierarchies that exist among African Americans on the basis of geography through a curious man simply referred to as “the Mississippian.” Griggs’s narrator informs us that There was a student in Stowe University who was noted for his immense height
ISBN: 9780820326092
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