The Hindered Hand (Regenerations) (Paperback)

The Hindered Hand (Regenerations) By Sutton E. Griggs, John Cullen Gruesser (Editor), Hanna Wallinger (Editor), John Cullen Gruesser (Introduction by), Hanna Wallinger (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Sutton E. Griggs, John Cullen Gruesser (Editor), Hanna Wallinger (Editor), John Cullen Gruesser (Introduction by), Hanna Wallinger (Introduction by)
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Between 1899 and 1908, five long works of fiction by the Nashville-based black Baptist minister Sutton E. Griggs appeared in print, making him the most prolific African American novelist at the turn of the twentieth century. Brought out by Griggs’s own Orion Publishing Company in three distinct printings in 1905 and 1906, The Hindered Hand; or, the Reign of the Repressionist addresses the author’s key themes of amalgamation, emigration, armed resistance, and US overseas expansion; includes a melodramatic love story; and features two of the most sensational scenes in early African American fiction—a harrowingly graphic lynching of an innocent black couple based on actual events and the elaboration of a plot to wipe out white Southerners by introducing yellow fever germs into the water supply.
Written in response to Thomas Dixon’s recently published race-baiting novel The Leopard’s Spots, Griggs’s book depicts the remnants of the old Southern planter class, the racial crisis threatening the South and the North, the social ferment of the time, the changing roles of women, and the thwarted aspirations of a trio of African American veterans following the war against Spain. This scholarly edition of the novel, providing newly discovered biographical information and copious historical context, makes a significant contribution to African American literary scholarship.

About the Author

John Cullen Gruesser is the author of Race, Gender, and Empire in American Detective Fiction; The Empire Abroad and the Empire at Home: African American Literature and the Era of Overseas Expansion; Confluences: Postcolonialism, African American Literary Studies, and the Black Atlantic; and Black on Black: Twentieth-Century African American Writing about Africa.
Hanna Wallinger is associate professor of American studies at Salzburg University in Austria and the author of Pauline E. Hopkins: A Literary Biography.

Praise For…

“A scholarly edition of The Hindered Hand is long overdue, and Gruesser and Wallinger have meticulously researched not only the publication history of the novel, but the history of Griggs’s self-publishing endeavors. Their research makes a valuable contribution to the field of African American literary and book history.”
—Alisha Knight, author of Pauline Hopkins and the American Dream

Product Details
ISBN: 9781943665860
ISBN-10: 1943665869
Publisher: West Virginia University Press
Publication Date: September 1st, 2017
Pages: 336
Language: English
Series: Regenerations