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The Marcus Bruce Christian Archives

University of New Orleans


Books by Marcus Bruce Christian

Song of the Black Valiants: Marching Tempo / High Ground: A Collection of Poems  / Negro soldiers in the Battle of New Orleans

I am New Orleans: A Poem / Negro Iron Workers of Louisiana: 1718-1900 /  The Liberty Monument

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Writing History of Blacks & Securing the Future


June 4, 1944, Monday evening

I went and called up Saxon. . . . I told him about Bontemps'  letter about trying to find a publisher, and he said that he felt the same waythat he had no doubts about finding a publisher once it was complete. Then I told him about my slight worry that somebody might try to have some one else supersede me--not definite, but something I'd like to have settled. 

He said that after all, he left the manuscript fully into my hands that he has nothing to do with it, and nobody else has anything. I told him that I was not sure that that was understood elsewhere, and that I did not want to go too deeply into it then, but that was one of the things I wanted clarified when I finished it. That I was not going to make any demands for reassurances now, but that I would before I submit it out there. 

 (If Dillard gets it that wayor maybe they havethen I may find that they are not at all interested in it out there. Then I will have to make sure that it is so good that they won't need to put their hands on it. Now I am beginning to see light. Maybe that is why Dent has proved so uncooperativehe understood something of the kind before now.)   

I asked Saxon how he was feeling and he said pretty good, and then I told him that I had been so pressed mentally that I had taken two or three days offthat I found out that the chapter on slave buying, selling, and stealingthat I was once proud ofis now woefully inadequate, just like Reddick's material was when I started writing on the book, and that I have begun rewriting it altogether. We parted nicely, I telling him that I would call Wednesday at 11.

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Selected Letters  Selected Diary Notes

Memories of Marcus B. Christian (CainsChristian's BioBibliographical Record    Introduction to I AM NEW ORLEANS 

A Theory of a Black Aesthetic   Magpies, Goddesses, & Black Male Identity

Activist Works on Next Level of Change   Intro to I Am New Orleans   Letter from Dillard University

A Labor of Genuine Love  Letter of Gift of Photos   Letters from LSU and Skip Gates

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Negro Iron Workers of Louisiana: 1718-1900

By Marcus Bruce Christian


Study of the blacksmith tradition and New Orleans famous lace balconies and fences.

Acclaimed during his life as the unofficial poet laureate of the New Orleans African-American community, Marcus Christian recorded a distinguished career as historian, journalist, and literary scholar. He was a contributor to Pelican's Gumbo Ya Ya, and also wrote many articles that appeared in numerous newspapers, journals, and general-interest publications.

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Audio: My Story, My Song (Featuring blues guitarist Walter Wolfman Washington)

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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Ancient African Nations

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The Death of Emmett Till by Bob Dylan  The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll  Only a Pawn in Their Game

Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson Thanks America for Slavery / George Jackson  / Hurricane Carter

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The Journal of Negro History issues at Project Gutenberg

The Haitian Declaration of Independence 1804  / January 1, 1804 -- The Founding of Haiti 

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