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By Nikki M. Taylor

In pursuit of his superior target, complete and equivalent citizenship for African americans, Peter Humphries Clark (1829--1925) defied effortless class. He used to be, at a number of instances, the country's first black socialist, a devoted supporter of the Republican occasion, and an recommend for the Democrats. A pioneer academic activist, Clark led the struggle for African americans' entry to Ohio's public colleges and have become the 1st black important within the country. He supported all-black colleges and staunchly defended them even after the tide became towards desegregation. As a political candidate, highbrow, educator, and activist, Clark used to be complicated and enigmatic.

Though Clark encouraged a new release of abolitionists and civil rights activists, he's nearly forgotten this present day. America's First Black Socialist attracts upon speeches, correspondence, and out of doors observation to supply a balanced account of this overlooked and misunderstood determine. Charting Clark's altering allegiances and ideologies from the antebellum period in the course of the Nineteen Twenties, this accomplished biography illuminates the lifestyles and legacy of an immense activist whereas additionally highlighting the black radical culture that helped democratize America.

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