Studies in Leadership: Leadership and Democratic Action

By Alvin W. Gouldner | Go to book overview

Leadership Among Negroes in the United States1

BY OLIVER C. COX

NEGROES, PROBABLY more than any other group of Americans, have had an abiding common cause. We shall consider as leaders of the Negro people those who, through their energy and insight, have be­ come advocates of means and methods of dealing with this common cause and whose advocacy has been significantly accepted by the group. These leaders have invariably thought of themselves as way- showers and as having responsibility for determining the destiny of the people. For example, Frederick Douglass once remarked: "I never rise to speak before an American audience without something of the feeling that my failure or success will bring blame or benefit to my whole race."2

The common cause of Negroes is an all-pervasive social phenomenon, affecting and determining the individual's existence. Says W. E. B. Du Bois: "We cannot do our daily work, sing a song or write a book or carry on a university and act as though these things were not."3 Sometimes this cause of the Negro becomes more important to him than any other thing in life. "What to me," exclaims Frederick Douglass, "are questions of silver and gold, of tariffs and currency, while my people are torn from their little cabins, snatched

____________________
1
Without any intimation of responsibility the writer would like to thank his colleagues, Mr. Lewis Jones and Dr. Alonzo J. Davis, for discussion and criticism of the content of this previously unpublished article.
2
Frederick Douglass, Life and Times of Frederick Douglass ( New York, 1941), p. 415.
3
The Negro College, The Crisis, Aug., 1933, p. 175.

-228-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Studies in Leadership: Leadership and Democratic Action
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this book
  • Bookmarks
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
/ 738

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.