America Ascendant

America Ascendant

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A New York Times Notable Book of 2002! On February 10, 1906, Alice Ruth Moore, estranged wife of renowned early twentieth-century poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, boarded a streetcar, settled comfortably into her seat, and opened her newspaper to learn of her husband's death the day before. Paul Laurence Dunbar, son of former slaves, whom Frederick Douglass had dubbed qthe most promising young colored man in America, q was dead from tuberculosis at the age of 33. Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadow traces the tempestuous romance of America's most noted African-American literary couple. Drawing on a variety of love letters, diaries, journals, and autobiographies, Eleanor Alexander vividly recounts Dunbar's and Moore's tumultuous affair, from a courtship conducted almost entirely through letters and an elopement brought on by Dunbar's brutal, drunken rape of Moore, through their passionate marriage and its eventual violent dissolution in 1902. Moore, once having left Dunbar, rejected his every entreaty to return to him, responding to his many letters only once, with a blunt, one-word telegram (qNoq). This is a remarkable story of tragic romance among African-American elites struggling to define themselves and their relationships within the context of post-slavery America. As such, it provides a timely examination of the ways in which cultural ideology and politics shape and complicate conceptions of romantic love.To ensure the success of the Model T, Ford found ways to build it cheaply. ... The assembly line created a new sort of workforce, one in which the old distinction between highly skilled and manual labor was becoming extinct since the largest number of employees ... The Model T cost $950 in 1909 and $290 in 1926.

Title:America Ascendant
Author:Sean Dennis Cashman
Publisher:NYU Press - 1998-09-01


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