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"An original, detailed, and interesting biography of Richard Greener, an overlooked figure in American higher education and public affairs. Katherine Reynolds Chaddock is one of the best writers about higher education, and she combines this skill with surprising and original research."

"A clear and accessible biography of a fascinating individual, Uncompromising Activist contributes depth and complexity to existing conceptions of race relations from the antebellum years to the Jim Crow era."

"Richard T. Greener is little-known today, but that oversight will be remedied with the publication of Katherine Chaddock's excellent biography. She clearly shows that Greener was a major figure in American history, despite the unrelenting prejudice he faced as a black man in nineteenth-century America. This book is a must-read for scholars and the public at large because, as Chaddock demonstrates, Greener was too important to continue to be neglected."

"Thoughtful and engrossing, Uncompromising Activist brings Richard Greener out from the shadows while exploring the man’s wide-ranging impact whether in the Reconstruction South, New York, or faraway Siberia. Katherine Reynolds Chaddock ably uses Greener, a significant player in the struggle for racial justice, to show the prospects and perils of African American intellectuals of his era."

"The greatest strength in Chaddock's account is that it is driven by context. Although Uncompromising Activist focuses on the life of one man, it is a case study in how an individual’s life is defined as much by temporal circumstance as by individual choice."

"Mrs. Chaddock does a fine job in the short space she has to examine Mr. Greener’s life, accomplishments, and disappointments, something that he had to always struggle with. For bringing back to life a voice that has been lost and forgotten, this book does a good job."

"Uncompromising Activist is a lively tale that will interest anyone curious about the human elements of the equal rights struggle."

"Historians of education and of postbellum Black history will, of course, want to read this book. But so will many others. Chaddock deftly uses Greener's life as a window into each of the times and places in which he lived and into each of the debates in which he engaged. Uncompromising Activist thus would fit nicely into an undergraduate course on either African American or nineteenth-century U.S. history. Readers outside academia would find it a coherent and ample introduction to Black history after the Civil War—a surprising and rare accomplishment for a scholarly book, let alone a scholarly biography... Chaddock has written a fascinating account of a man and a world that helped shape our own and that deserve rediscovery."

"An important addition to the growing corpus of African American biography, this slender volume resurrects to historical memory Richard Theodore Greener (1844-1922), a semi-obscure figure best known for being the first black graduate of Harvard College. Katherine Reynolds Chaddock, a distinguished professor emerita of education at the University of South Carolina, shows in this clear and straightforward narrative that Greener actually deserves recognition for several other important contributions to civil rights in the early Jim Crow era as well. Readers may even come away wondering why Greener is not placed alongside his more famous contemporaries Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, and W. E. B. Du Bois in the pantheon of great black leaders of his generation."

Uncompromising Activist
Richard Greener, First Black Graduate of Harvard College
Publication Date: 27 Sep 2017
Status: Available
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Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Page Count: 216 pages
Illustrations: 7 b&w photos
ISBN: 9781421423296