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The Ebony Column: Classics, Civilization, and the African American Reclamation of the West
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Univ of Tennessee Pr
Publication date February 28, 2016
Pages 262
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781621902300
ISBN-10 1621902307
Dimensions 0.75 by 6 by 9.25 in.
Weight 0.86 lbs.
Original list price $25.95
Other format details university press
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: In "The Ebony Column," Eric Ashley Hairston begins a new thread in the ongoing conversationabout the influence of Greek and Roman antiquity on U.S. civilization and education. Whilethat discussion has yielded many exceptional insights into antiquity and the Americanexperience, it has so regularly elided the African American component that all classicalinfluence on black writing and thought seems to vanish.
That omission, Hairston contends, is disturbing not least because of its longevity from an early period of overt stereotyping and institutionalized racism right up to thecontemporary and, one would hope, more cosmopolitan and enlightened era. Challengingand correcting that persistent shortsightedness, Hairston examines several prominent blackwriters and scholars deep investment in the classics as individuals, as well as the broadercultural investment in the classics and the values of the ancient world. Beginning with thelate-eighteenth-century verse of Phillis Wheatley, whose classically inspired poemsfunctioned as a kind of Trojan horse to defeat white oppression, Hairston goes on to considerthe oratory of Frederick Douglass, whose rhetoric and ideas of virtue were much influencedby Cicero, and the writings of educator Anna Julia Cooper, whose classical training was akey source of her vibrant feminism. Finally, he offers a fresh examination of W. E. B.DuBois s seminal "The Souls of Black Folk" (1903) and its debt to antiquity, which volumes ofcommentary have largely overlooked.
The first book to appear in a new series, Classicism in American Culture, "The Ebony""Column" passionately demonstrates how the myths, cultures, and ideals of antiquity helpedAfrican Americans reconceptualize their role in a Euro-American world determined to makethem mere economic commodities and emblems of moral and intellectual decay. To figuressuch as Wheatley, Douglass, Cooper, and DuBois, classical literature offered striking moral, intellectual, and philosophical alternatives to a viciously exclusionary vision of humanity, Africanity, the life of the citizen, and the life of the mind.
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Hardcover
Book cover for 9781572339422
 
from Univ of Tennessee Pr (June 15, 2013)
9781572339422 | details & prices | 262 pages | 6.50 × 9.25 × 1.00 in. | 1.20 lbs | List price $48.00
About:      In The Ebony Column, Eric Ashley Hairston begins a new thread in the ongoing conversation about the influence of Greek and Roman antiquity on U.
With Charles Heath | from Da Capo Pr (August 1, 1977); titled "Beauties of the Opera and Ballet"
9780306708442 | details & prices | 7.50 × 10.50 × 0.75 in. | 1.45 lbs | List price $39.50
This edition also contains Beauties of the Opera and Ballet
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Univ of Tennessee Pr (February 28, 2016)
9781621902300 | details & prices | 262 pages | 6.00 × 9.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.86 lbs | List price $25.95
About: In "The Ebony Column," Eric Ashley Hairston begins a new thread in the ongoing conversationabout the influence of Greek and Roman antiquity on U.

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