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Published: 12 October 2017

288 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190642792

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Untimely Democracy

The Politics of Progress After Slavery

Gregory Laski

  • Provides a detailed analysis of the place of progress in narratives of American democracy
  • Synthesizes scholarship on temporality in American and African American literary studies, critical race theory, and political philosophy
  • Enriches work on the nineteenth-century United States by bringing attention to the neglected postbellum period, revealing the vibrant aesthetic production and political thought of this era
  • Supplies new readings of canonical authors such as Thomas Jefferson, Walt Whitman, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Stephen Crane, and attends to less studied figures like Callie House, Sutton E. Griggs, and Pauline E. Hopkins
  • Extends its examination into the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries in an epilogue on Ralph Ellison, Spike Lee, and Barack Obama