By Susan Curtis
Lester A. Walton used to be an African American journalist, cultural critic, diplomat, and political activist--an adviser to presidents and industrialists in a profession that spanned the 1st six many years of the 20th century. during this booklet, Curtis seeks to find why Walton is forgotten this day. during this unconventional book--a postmodern ghost tale, an unparalleled scan in life-writing--Curtis relates her problematic seek via long-overlooked records to find this forgotten guy, providing perception into how America's obsession with race has made Walton's tale unwelcome. She explores the treachery, duplicity, and archival injuries that remodeled a guy devoted to the achievement of yankee democracy right into a shadowy determine.
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42. “The Negro on the Stage,” Theatre Magazine (April 1903), quoted in Frederick W. Bond, The Negro and the Drama, 49; The New York World and New York Times articles are quoted in “Bert Williams Feature of the Follies of 1910,” New York Age, June 23, 1910, 6, col. 1–2; Carl Van Vechten, “The Negro Theatre,” In the Garret, 312–13; Broun is quoted in Isaacs, The Negro in the American Theatre, 41; for other examples of his fame see Mabel Rowland, Bert Williams: Son of Laughter; A Symposium Tribute to the Man and to His Work; and Curtis, First Black Actors on the Great White Way, 28–30.
Like his “muckraking” contemporaries, Walton used his position as a journalist to expose injustice and to educate readers. ” While some of the work took place behind the scenes, with letters to the Associated Press and editors of major white dailies, it also involved his own practice of capitalizing Negro in order to equate it with other ethnic/racial designations such as Indian, Filipino, Malaysian, and Jew, all of which were routinely capitalized. He also chided professional colleagues who proclaimed themselves the “fearless champions of the common people’s rights” but ignored unjust treatment of African Americans.
41. Obviously, this is a nonexpert explanation of an extremely complicated physiological and psychological process. The following works have shaped my understanding of the memory-making process: Schacter, Searching for Memory; Casey, Remembering; and Marvin Minsky, The Society of Mind. Of these, Schacter’s is the most helpful, for he synthesizes a vast body of periodical literature in psychology that is focused on such problems as “ﬂashbulb” memory, tainted memories, the role of stereotyping in cataloging stimuli, and the physiology of a “normal” brain.