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Untimely Democracy: The Politics of Progress After Slavery

Gregory Laski


Untimely Democracy tells the surprising story of how American authors and activists defined the path of racial progress after the abolition of slavery. Conventional narratives of democracy stretching from Thomas Jefferson’s America to the present day posit a purposeful break between past and present as the key to the viability of this political form—the only way to ensure its continual development. But for Pauline E. Hopkins, Frederick Douglass, Stephen Crane, W. E. B. Du Bois, Charles W. Chesnutt, Sutton E. Griggs, Callie House, and the other figures examined in this book, the campaign to sec ... More

Keywords: American literature, African American literature, democracy, race, slavery, temporality, political theory, nineteenth century, US history, citizenship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190642792
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190642792.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gregory Laski, author
Assistant Professor of English, United States Air Force Academy