Date of Award

Fall 12-16-2016

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Degree Program

English

Department

English

Major Professor

Daniel Doll

Second Advisor

Earle Bryant

Third Advisor

Robert Shenk

Abstract

This thesis asserts that Marcus Bruce Christian (1900-1976), a New Orleans, Louisiana, black poet, writer, and historian, used his diary and notes as a site of rhetorical education and as a space in which he constructed and reinforced a Duboisian ethos, a particular type of black identity and character shaped by the political rhetoric of W. E. B. Du Bois. Maintaining this ethos, Christian, an autodidact throughout most of his life, negotiated a society strangled by white supremacist ideology and resisted being interpellated into the negative black identity constructed by a hostile and stifling Jim Crow South.

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