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The Oxford History of Popular Print CultureVolume Six: US Popular Print Culture 1860-1920$
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Christine Bold

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199234066

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199234066.001.0001

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‘To have the benefit of some special machinery’

‘To have the benefit of some special machinery’

African American Book Publishing and Bookselling, 1900–1920

(p.437) Chapter 21 ‘To have the benefit of some special machinery’
The Oxford History of Popular Print Culture

Alisha R. Knight

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on African American book publishing and bookselling between 1900 and 1920. More specifically, it examines the publishing activities of Sutton Griggs, Kelly Miller, and the Colored Co-operative Publishing Company, along with their role as agents of social change. The chapter begins by looking at the economics of book buying by African Americans before discussing how book publishing and dissemination strategies shaped African American intellectual and literary history during the period. It also highlights the significance of black book culture to race pride and community building at the turn of the century.

Keywords:   publishing, bookselling, Sutton Griggs, Kelly Miller, Colored Co-operative Publishing Company, economics, book buying, African Americans, book culture, race pride

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