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The Resource Colored memories : a biographer's quest for the elusive Lester A. Walton, Susan Curtis

Colored memories : a biographer's quest for the elusive Lester A. Walton, Susan Curtis

Label
Colored memories : a biographer's quest for the elusive Lester A. Walton
Title
Colored memories
Title remainder
a biographer's quest for the elusive Lester A. Walton
Statement of responsibility
Susan Curtis
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Lester A. Walton was a well-known public figure in his day. An African American journalist, cultural critic, diplomat, and political activist, he was an adviser to presidents and industrialists in a career that spanned the first six decades of the twentieth century. He was a steadfast champion of democracy and lived to see the passage of major civil rights legislation. But one word best describes Walton today: forgotten. Exploring the contours of this extraordinary life, Susan Curtis seeks to discover why our collective memory of Walton has failed. In a unique narrative of historical research, she recounts a fifteen-year journey, from the streets of Harlem and 2The Ville3 in St. Louis to scattered archives and obscure public records, as she uncovers the mysterious circumstances surrounding Walton{u2019}s disappearance from national consciousness. And despite numerous roadblocks and dead ends in her quest, she tells how she came to know this emblematic citizen of the American Century in surprising ways. In this unconventional book{u2014}a postmodern ghost story, an unprecedented experiment in life-writing{u2014}Curtis shares her discoveries as a researcher. Relating her frustrating search through long-overlooked documents to discover this forgotten man, she offers insight into how America{u2019}s obsession with race has made Walton{u2019}s story unwelcome. She explores the treachery, duplicity, and archival accidents that transformed a man dedicated to the fulfillment of American democracy into a shadowy figure. Combining anecdotal memories with the investigative instincts of the historian, Curtis embraces the subjectivity of her research to show that what a society forgets or suppresses is just as important as what it includes in its history. Colored Memories is a highly original work that not only introduces readers to a once-influential figure but also invites us to reconsider how we view, understand, and preserve the past."--Publishers website
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
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1956-
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Curtis, Susan
Dewey number
  • 070.92
  • B
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
E185.97.W1344
LC item number
C87 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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University of Missouri Press
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  • Walton, Lester A
  • African Americans
  • African American journalists
  • Theater critics
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • Memory
  • Biography
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • United States
Label
Colored memories : a biographer's quest for the elusive Lester A. Walton, Susan Curtis
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
182851120
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 290 pages
Isbn
9780826217868
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2008006204
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)182851120
Label
Colored memories : a biographer's quest for the elusive Lester A. Walton, Susan Curtis
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
182851120
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 290 pages
Isbn
9780826217868
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2008006204
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)182851120

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