In The Empire in another country and the Empire at Home, John Cullen Gruesser establishes that African American writers on the flip of the 20th century answered commonly and idiosyncratically to out of the country enlargement and its implications for family race family members. He contends that the paintings of those writers considerably informs not just African American literary reports but in addition U.S. political history.

Focusing on authors who explicitly attach the empire overseas and the empire at domestic ( James Weldon Johnson, Sutton Griggs, Pauline E. Hopkins, W.E.B. Du Bois, and others), Gruesser examines U.S. black participation in, aid for, and resistance to enlargement. Race always trumped empire for African American writers, who followed positions in accordance with the consequences they believed growth may have on blacks at domestic. Given the complexity of the debates over empire and rapidity with which occasions within the Caribbean and the Pacific replaced within the past due 19th and early 20th centuries, it's going to come as no shock that those authors frequently didn't keep fastened positions on imperialism. Their stances trusted a number of elements, together with the overseas situation, the presence or absence of African American squaddies inside of a specific textual content, the degree of the author’s occupation, and a given text’s dating to precise time-honored and literary traditions.

No topic what their disposition was once towards imperialism, the actual fact of U.S. growth allowed and in lots of circumstances pressured black writers to grapple with empire. they generally used texts approximately growth to handle the location dealing with blacks at domestic in the course of a interval during which their citizenship rights, and their very life, have been more and more in jeopardy.

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