David Howard-Pitney is Professor of History at De Anza College. He has worked at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project at Stanford University, and during 2000-2002 was a Commissioned Scholar for the Public Influences of African-American Churches Project of Morehouse College. His publications include Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and the Civil Rights Struggle of the 1950s and '60s.
Acknowledgments Introduction: Civil Religion and the Anglo-and Afro-American Jeremiads 1. Frederick Douglass's Antebellum Jeremiad against Slavery and Racism 2. The Brief Life of Douglass's "New Nation": From Emancipation-Reconstruction to Returning Declension, 1861-1895 3. The Jeremiad in the Age of Booker T. Washington: Washington versus Ida B. Wells, 1895-1915 4. Great Expectations: W.E.B. Du Bois's Jeremiad in the Progressive Era 5. Mary McLeod Bethune and W.E.B. Du Bois: Rising and Waning Hopes for America at Midcentury 6. Martin Luther King, Jr., and America's Promise in the Second Reconstruction, 1955-1965 7. King's Radical Jeremiad, 1965-1986: American as the "Sick Society" Conclusion: The Black Jeremiad and the Jackson Phenomenon Notes Index