George S. Schuyler

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George Samuel SchuylerGeorge Samuel Schuyler (February 25, 1895 — August 31, 1977) was a journalist and cultural critic whose writings appeared in such diverse publications as Crisis, Nation, Negro Digest, American Mercury, and National Review. In the 1920s, Schuyler was a member of the American Socialist Party and espoused liberal views. By the 1950s, he had become an ardent supporter of U.S. Sen. Joseph P. McCarthy and touted himself as an American patriot, believing that communism was a threat to African Americans. In the 1960s, Schuyler was one of the few African Americans who openly characterized the civil rights movement as a communist-inspired plot to destroy America. Although Schuyler was a prolific writer and an outspoken commentator during his fifty-four-year career, historians of twentieth-century African American history have paid scant attention to his literary endeavors and have overlooked his conservative views.

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George S. Schuyler: Portrait of a Black ConservativeGeorge S. Schuyler: Portrait of a Black Conservative
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by Oscar R. Williams

Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Univ Tennessee Press; 1 edition (February 20, 2007)
ISBN-13: 9781572335813
Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.8 inches

George S. Schuyler: Portrait of a Black Conservative is the first full biography of Schuyler and traces his transformation from a socialist to a conservative by examining his childhood, his career as a journalist and writer, his opinions about race and class, and his desire for professional notoriety.

The book is divided into three parts. Part I discusses Schuyler’’s early life prior to his arrival in Harlem and his becoming a writer for the Messenger, an African American socialist magazine edited by A. Philip Randolph and Chandler Owen. Part II chronicles his career as a journalist, novelist, satirist, and critic from the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s through World War II. Part III reviews his post-World War II career from the late 1940s until his death in 1977. While Schuyler’’s career took many turns, his writings reveal surprising continuities and the stamp of a true American iconoclast, not unlike his mentor and hero, H. L. Mencken.

The Sage of Sugar Hill: George S. Schuyler and the Harlem RenaissanceThe Sage of Sugar Hill: George S. Schuyler and the Harlem Renaissance
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by Jeffrey Ferguson

Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Yale University Press (November 1, 2005)
ISBN-13: 9780300109016
Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1 inches

This book is the first to focus a bright light on the life and early career of George S. Schuyler, one of the most important intellectuals of the Harlem Renaissance. A popular journalist in black America, Schuyler wielded a sharp, double-edged wit to attack the foibles of both blacks and whites throughout the 1920s. Jeffrey B. Ferguson presents a new understanding of Schuyler as public intellectual while also offering insights into the relations between race and satire during a formative period of African-American cultural history.

Ferguson discusses Schuyler’s controversial career and reputation and examines the paradoxical ideas at the center of his message. The author also addresses Schuyler’s drift toward the political right in his later years and how this has affected his legacy.

Oscar R. Williams, George S. Schuyler: Portrait of a Black Conservative
Jeffrey B. Leak, ed., Rac(e)ing to the Right: Selected Essays of George S. Schuyler

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