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William Monroe Trotter (1872-1934), although still virtually unknown to the wider public, was an unlikely American hero. With the stylistic verve of a newspaperman and the unwavering fearlessness of an emancipator, he galvanized Black working-class citizens to wield their political power despite the violent racism of post-Reconstruction America. For more than 30 years, the Harvard-educated Trotter edited and published the Guardian, a weekly Boston newspaper that was read across the nation. Defining himself against the gradualist politics of Booker T. Washington and the elitism of W. E. B. Du Bois, Trotter advocated for a radical vision of Black liberation that prefigured leaders such as Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. 

Synthesizing years of archival research, historian Kerri Greenidge renders the drama of turn-of-the-century America and reclaims Trotter as a seminal figure, one whose prophetic, yet ultimately tragic, life offers a link between the vision of Frederick Douglass and Black radicalism in the modern era.

©2019 Dreamscape Media, LLC (P)2019 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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.... it’s a shame but no less sinister that our textbooks teach us about those who pushed peaceful assimilation and rarely about the black segregationists and NEVER about the anti-racists like Trotter. Great listen....

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