By August Meier
To lecturers of African American heritage, August Meier is definitely revered as a first-rank pupil and editor. yet few individuals are conscious of his formative studies within the twenty years following global conflict II, as a white professor instructing at black faculties and as an activist within the civil rights stream. This quantity brings jointly 16 of his essays written among 1945 and 1965. Meier has extra a considerable creation, reflecting on these years and environment the context during which the essays have been written. John H. Bracey Jr. contributes an afterword which speaks to the individuality of Meier's adventure between historians of African American reports.
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But it also seemed to me to be a sign of respect for me in what was in some ways an anomalous situation, a recognition of my interest and knowledge. It was this sort of respect that led Charles H. Thompson, dean of the graduate school at How- Page 20 ard and editor of the Journal of Negro Education, to ask me to write a review-essay of Richard Bardolph's The Negro Vanguard; as he put it, I was the only person qualified to review the book who was not himself in it. During my first three years, I devoted myself to my classes and sought in vain to find a publisher for my dissertation (it was too long, and like many young scholars I was very reluctant to reduce its length).
In the great tradition of black sociologists trained at Chicago, Johnson was interested in providing historical context, and like me he was interested in the interrelationships among the different aspects of a society and its culture. " Although I came to find much to criticize about Johnson, these first months of working with him provided exactly the opportunity that I needed to finally get my thoughts together and compose an essay whose contents provided the underlying conceptual framework for Negro Thought in America.
Originally my interest in this topic had been piqued by my reading Melville J. Herskovits's early research on the subject. In any event I passed out some papers and requested that each student anonymously outline his genealogy as far as he or she knew it. " The next president of Tougaloo (also a white minister), was if anything more paternalistic than the first one. When a black woman, the pianist Frances Walker who had been at Oberlin with me, came to visit, he assumed we were going together. Since I was about to take a leave to pursue further graduate work, he took the occasion to force me to resign.
A White Scholar and the Black Community, 1945-1965: Essays and Reflections by August Meier