A compelling story of racial self-hatred in America and of a black man who became a pariah among his own people-William Hannibal Thomas's transformation from a critical but optimistic black nationalist to a cynical black Negrophobe at the dawn of the twentieth century. The book opens a whole new perspective on the question of race in American history. Winner of the Mayflower Society Award for nonfiction. "A major contribution to black intellectual history."-William Van Deburg, American Historical Review.