Of Greed and Glory: In Pursuit of Freedom for All


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Amistad Press
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6.34 X 9.28 X 0.74 inches | 0.89 pounds

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About the Author

Deborah G. Plant is an African American and Africana Studies Independent Scholar, Writer, and Literary Critic specializing in the life and works of Zora Neale Hurston. She is editor of the New York Times bestseller Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo" by Zora Neale Hurston and the author of Alice Walker: A Woman for Our Times, a philosophical biography. She is also editor of The Inside Light: New Critical Essays on Zora Neale Hurston, and the author of Zora Neale Hurston: A Biography of the Spirit and Every Tub Must Sit On Its Own Bottom: The Philosophy and Politics of Zora Neale Hurston. She holds MA and Ph. D. degrees in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Plant played an instrumental role in founding the University of South Florida's Department of Africana Studies, where she chaired the department for five years. She presently resides in Florida.


"This is an emotional and passionate book, raw in its grief and anger, but also imbued with hope for redemption. Based on objective his-torical fact and subjective experience, Of Greed and Glory has the power of a sermon and the urgency of a manifesto." -- Deborah Mason, BookPage

"As indispensable to understanding the Americas as Edward E. Baptist's The Half Has Never Been Told. Of Greed and Glory powerfully demonstrates that though we as Black Americans are far from faultless in some of our most egregious behavior on the mean plantations and streets of antebellum and modern America, we nonetheless have had to grow our dignity beneath the pitiless boot of those who looked into the tiny faces of our infants and saw only dollar signs. Powerful and necessary." -- Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and National Book Award winning author of The Color Purple and Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart

"If you want to understand the current issues surrounding race, social justice, and inequality, you have to read Deborah Plant's book, Of Greed and Glory. Deborah understands that the issues surrounding race, unfolding before us now in America, are deeply rooted in the legacy of the African American past. She writes eloquently and beautifully about that past. Of Greed and Glory is a must-read book for socially conscious citizens." -- Clyde W. Ford, Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Award in African American fiction--winning author of Of Blood and Sweat and Think Black

"Of Greed and Glory is impossible to put down. It's a searing, provocative analysis of how the roots of slavery in the US still infiltrate so many of our social institutions. Plant's vivid prose will leave you affected, challenged, and thinking about this book long after you're done reading." -- Adia Wingfield, author of Gray Areas, Flatlining, and No More Invisible Man

"Deborah G. Plant courageously and painstakingly provides insight into the devastation and trauma experienced generations of African Americans, persons of color, and the poor ... This is a must read that challenges us to become active in the movement to abolish slavery, patriarchy, and other forms of oppression that exist in our nation." -- Diane D. Turner, author of Feeding the Soul and curator of the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, Temple University Libraries