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Along the Color Line

Explorations in the Black Experience

New paperback edition of a classic in African American history

Along the Color Line is a diverse collection of essays by two of the most accomplished historians of the modern African American experience, first published more than a quarter of a century ago. This informed study addresses such topics as black nationalism, nonviolent action, the changing patterns of interracial violence in the twentieth century, and the ways African American leaders have functioned and coped with racism in their quest to ensure the rights of full citizenship for African Americans. David Levering Lewis’s foreword to this first paperback edition attests to the book’s lasting relevance and importance. “Meier and Rudwick’s intellectual passion, professional integrity, and almost manic involvement in virtually every aspect of their academic specialty were of inestimable value to the coming of age of African American history.” -- from the foreword


"Based on prodigious research, utilizing perspectives from the social sciences, and written crisply without cluttering jargon, the essays collected in Along the Color Line attest to the lofty reputation that Professors Meier and Rudwick have earned and point the way to future research."--The Historian

"Meier and Rudwick's intellectual passion, professional integrity, and almost manic involvement in virtually every aspect of their academic specialty were of inestimable value to the coming of age of African American history. Along the Color Line informed and shaped much of what is today conventional understanding among historians."--From the foreword by David Levering Lewis


August Meier is Professor Emeritus of History at Kent State University. He is the author of Negro Thought in America, 1880–1915, a coauthor, with Elliott Rudwick, of From Plantation to Ghetto and Black History and the Historical Profession, and a coeditor, with John Hope Franklin, of Black Leaders of the Twentieth Century. The late Elliott Rudwick was a professor of history and sociology at Kent State University. His books include From Plantation to Ghetto and W. E. B. Du Bois: A Study in Minority Group Leadership. David Levering Lewis is Martin Luther King, Jr., University Professor at Rutgers and the winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Bancroft Prize, the Francis Parkman Award, and the Ralph Waldo Emerson Award for W. E. B. Du Bois: Biography of a Race.

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