The Magnificent Reverend Peter Thomas Stanford, Transatlantic Reformer and Race Man

Edited by Barbara McCaskill and Sidonia Serafini

With Paul Walker

Title Details

Pages: 312

Trim size: 6.000in x 9.000in



Pub Date: 06/15/2020

ISBN: 9-780-8203-5655-6

List Price: $39.95

The Magnificent Reverend Peter Thomas Stanford, Transatlantic Reformer and Race Man

Edited by Barbara McCaskill and Sidonia Serafini

With Paul Walker

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Born into slavery in Hampton County, Virginia, orphaned soon thereafter, and raised for almost two years among Native Americans, the charismatic Rev. Peter Thomas Stanford (c. 1860-May 20, 1909) rose from humble and challenging beginnings to emerge as an inventive and passionate activist and educator who championed social justice. During the post- Reconstruction era and early twentieth century, Stanford traversed the United States, Canada, and England advocating for the rights of African Americans, including access to educational opportunities; attainment of the full rights and privileges of citizenship; protections from racial violence, social stereotyping, and a predatory legal system; and recognition of the artistic contributions that have shaped national culture and earned global renown. His imprint on working-class urban residents, Afro-Canadian settlements, and African American communities survives in the institutions he led and the works that presented his imaginative, literate, ardent, and often comic voice.

With a reflection by Highgate Baptist Church's former pastor, Rev. Dr. Paul Walker, this collection highlights Stanford's writings: sermons, lectures, newspaper columns, entertainments, and memoirs. Editors Barbara McCaskill and Sidonia Serafini annotate his life and work throughout the volume, placing him within the context of his peers as a writer and editor. As an American expatriate, Stanford was seminal in redirecting antislavery activism into an international antilynching movement and a global campaign to dismantle slavery and slave trading. This book squarely inserts this influential thinker and activist in the African American literary canon.

About the Author/Editor

Barbara McCaskill (Editor)
BARBARA McCASKILL is a professor of English at the University of Georgia, codirector of the Civil Rights Digital Library Initiative, and associate academic director of the Willson Center for Humanities & Arts. She is the coeditor of Post-Bellum, Pre-Harlem: African American Literature and Culture, 1877-1919 and author of Love, Liberation, and Escaping Slavery: William and Ellen Craft in Cultural Memory (Georgia). McCaskill edited and wrote an introduction to the 1860 memoir Running 1,000 Miles for Freedom: The Escape of William and Ellen Craft from Slavery (also Georgia).

Sidonia Serafini (Editor)
SIDONIA SERAFINI is a doctoral student and instructor of English at the University of Georgia. Her research focuses on post-Reconstruction and early twentieth-century African American literature and print culture and multicultural women's writing.