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Self-published in 1899 and sold door-to-door by the author, this classic African-American novel—a gripping exploration of oppression, miscegenation, exploitation, and black empowerment—was a major bestseller in its day. The dramatic story of a conciliatory black man and a mulatto nationalist who grow up in a racist America and are driven to join a radical movement dedicated to the creation of an all-black nation in Texas, Imperium in Imperio had a profound influence on the development of black nationalism.
This Modern Library edition includes a Reading Group Guide to help aid classroom discussions.
“A powerful, moving story . . . This new edition
should restore Griggs to his rightful place among black
intellectuals and protest novelists.”
—John Stauffer, Frederick Douglass Prize winner for The Black Hearts of Men