Negro with a Hat by Colin Grant
The Rise and Fall of Marcus Garvey

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New in paperback, this groundbreaking biography captures the full sweep and epic dimensions of Marcus Garvey's life, the dazzling triumphs and the dreary exile. As Grant shows, Garvey was a man of contradictions: a self-educated, poetry-writing aesthete and unabashed propagandist, an admirer of Lenin, and a dandy given to elaborate public displays. Above all, he was a shrewd promoter whose use of pageantry evoked a lost African civilization and fired the imagination of his followers. Negro With a Hat restores Garvey to his place as one of the founders of black nationalism and a key figure of the 20th century. "A searching, vivid, and (as the title suggests) complex account of Garvey's short but consequential life." --Steve Hahn, The New Republic "The story of Marcus Garvey, the charismatic and tireless black leader who had a meteoric rise and fall in the late 1910s and early '20s, makes for enthralling reading, and Garvey has found an engaging and objective biographer in Colin Grant.... Grant's book is not all politics, ideology, money and lawsuits. It is also an engrossing social history.... Negro With a Hat is an achievement on a scale Garvey might have appreciated." --New York Times Book Review "Dazzling, definitive biography of the controversial activist who led the 1920s 'Back to Africa' movement.... Grant's learned passion for his subject shimmers on every page. A riveting and well-wrought volume that places Garvey solidly in the pantheon of important 20th-century black leaders." --Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review) "This splendid book is certain to become the definitive biography. Garvey was a dreamer and a doer; Grant captures the fascination of both." --Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) "Grant's strength lies in his ability to re-create political moods and offer compelling sketches of colorful individuals and their organizations.... An engaging and readable introduction to a complicated and contentious historical actor who, in his time, possessed a unique capacity to inspire devotion and hatred, adulation and fear." --Chicago Tribune "A monumental, nuanced and broadly sympathetic portrait." --Financial Times
 

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Colin Grant is an independent historian who works for BBC Radio. The son of Jamaican parents, he lives in London.
 
Published March 17, 2008 by Oxford University Press, USA. 559 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Grant’s learned passion for his subject shimmers on every page, but that doesn’t prevent him from delivering a clear-eyed portrait of a man whose genuine commitment to bettering the lives of blacks was compromised by an outsized ego, a penchant for pageantry and unbridled disdain for mainstream c...

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The story of Marcus Garvey, the charismatic and tireless black leader who had a meteoric rise and fall in the late 1910s and early ’20s, makes for enthralling reading, and Garvey has found an engaging and objective biographer in Colin Grant.

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Negro With a Hat: The Rise and Fall of Marcus Garvey and His Dream of Mother Africa by Colin Grant Jonathan Cape £20, pp352 Marcus Garvey met Haile Selassie, the deposed Ethiopian leader, only once.

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Negro with a Hat: The Rise and Fall of Marcus Garvey and His Dream of Mother Africa by Colin Grant 530pp, Jonathan Cape, £20 If ever there was a self-made man, it was the Honourable Marcus Mosiah Garvey.

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The Independent

As Garvey fell from grace, found guilty of fraud over Black Star Line shares, much of the US black press cruelly ridiculed him as a lowly island man.

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Project MUSE

For example, in discussing Garvey's well known proclivities towards Victorian styles of dress and ritual, Grant asserts that Garvey borrowed these accoutrements of empire because "there was no tradition in their culture that black people could return to … Garvey was working in the dark and his im...

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Colin Grant's new biography of Marcus Mosiah Garvey is a dyspeptic view of history's most famous black nationalist, written with considerable literary flair and marred by occasional misstatements, some questionable historical judgments, and an overwhelming reliance on the accounts of Garvey's man...

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In the 1920s, Hubert Harrison, a sometimes ally of Marcus Garvey observed that ‘every Negro who has respect for himself and for his race will feel, when contemplating such examples as Toussaint L’Ouverture …and Marcus Garvey the thrill of pride that differs in quality and intensity from the feeli...

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Du Bois’s birthday, which is tomorrow, Grant has taken a closer look at the relationship between Du Bois and Garvey.

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