Black Moses: The Story of Marcus Garvey and The Universal Negro Improvement Association

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by E. David Cronon with Foreword by John Hope Franklin

University of Wisconsin Press

1955, 1969

SKU: 9780299012144

 

"I stand before you this afternoon as a proud black man, honored to be a black man, who would be nothing else in God's creation but a black man." - Marcus Garvey, 1928

This landmark book, with more than 89,000 copies sold, is now available with an updated cover design.

In the early twentieth century, Marcus Garvey sowed the seeds of a new black pride and determination. Attacked by the black intelligentsia and ridiculed by the white press, this Jamaican immigrant astonished all with his black nationalist rhetoric. In just four years, he built the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), the largest and most powerful all-black organization the nation had ever seen. With hundreds of branches throughout the United States, the UNIA represented Garvey's greatest accomplishment and, ironically, the source of his public disgrace. Black Moses brings this controversial figure to life and recovers the significance of his life and work.