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Charisma and the Fictions of Black Leadership
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Charisma and the Fictions of Black Leadership

Erica R. Edwards

Abstract

Social and political change is impossible in the absence of gifted male charismatic leadership—this is the fiction that shaped African American culture throughout the twentieth century. If we understand this, this book tells us, we will better appreciate the dramatic variations within both the modern black freedom struggle and the black literary tradition. By considering leaders such as Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Barack Obama as both historical personages and narrative inventions of contemporary American culture, this book brings to the study of black politics the t ... More

Keywords: charismatic leadership, African American culture, twentieth century, freedom struggle, black literary tradition, Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Barack Obama

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780816675456
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816675456.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Erica R. Edwards, author