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Title Black Samson : the untold story of an American icon / Nyasha Junior and Jeremy Schipper.
Author Junior, Nyasha, author.
Publication New York : Oxford University Press, [2020]
Description 175 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Call # 305.38896 J
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: What we talk about when we talk about Samson -- Black Samson in the Temple of Liberty -- Black Samson of Brandywine -- Samson and the making of American martyrs -- Black Samson and labor movements -- The Samson complex -- But some of us are strong believers in the Samson myth -- Visual representations of Black Samson -- Epilogue: Black Samson, an American icon.
Summary "The United States has never existed without a Black Samson. Before Harriet Tubman or Martin Luther King were identified with Moses, African Americans linked those who challenged racial oppression in America with Samson. In Black Samson: The Untold Story of an American Icon, Nyasha Junior and Jeremy Schipper investigate legal documents, narratives by enslaved persons, speeches, sermons, periodicals, poetry, fiction, and visual arts to tell the unlikely story of how a flawed biblical hero became an iconic figure in America's racial history. Along the way, Schipper and Junior engage the work of African-American luminaries, including Fredrick Douglass, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, Malcolm X, Huey P. Newton, and many others. From stories of slave rebellions to the Harlem Renaissance to the civil rights era and the Black Power movement, invoking the biblical character of Samson became a powerful way for African American intellectuals, activists, and artists to voice strategies and opinions about many race-related issues, including slavery, education, patriotism, organized labor, civil rights, and gender equality. As this provocative book reveals, the story of Black Samson became a story of America's contested racial history"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject African American men -- Race identity.
Samson (Biblical judge) -- In literature.
Samson (Biblical judge) -- Art.
African American men in literature.
African American men in popular culture.
Bible. Judges -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Samson (Biblical judge) (OCoLC)fst00053376
Bible. Judges. (OCoLC)fst01892921
African American men in literature. (OCoLC)fst00799257
African American men in popular culture. (OCoLC)fst00799259
African American men -- Race identity. (OCoLC)fst00799250
Art. (OCoLC)fst00815177
Literature. (OCoLC)fst00999953
Genre Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
Addl. Author Schipper, Jeremy, author.
Related To Online version: Junior, Nyasha, Black Samson New York : Oxford University Press, [2020]. 9780190689803 (DLC) 2019047200
ISBN 9780190689780 hardcover :
0190689781 hardcover

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