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(February 25, 1895-August 31, 1977) Born George Samuel Schuyler in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up in Syracuse, New York. Enlisted in U.S. Army in 1912. In 1918, having been commissioned as first lieutenant, went AWOL after refusal of service by white bootblack; served nine months of five-year sentence. Worked in odd jobs in New York City and Syracuse. In 1923 hired as reporter for socialist paper The Messenger; joined staff of Pittsburgh Courier in 1924, retiring as editor in 1966. Investigated Liberian slave trade for New York Evening Post in 1930, basis of novel Slaves Today: A Story of Liberia (1931). Also published satirical science fiction novel Black No More: Being an Account of the Strange and Wonderful Workings of Science in the Land of the Free, A.D. 1933-1940 (1931) and pseudonymous serial novels in Courier (some published posthumously: Black Empire, 1991; Ethiopian Stories, 1995). His articles appeared in magazines including The Nation, Negro Digest, American Mercury, and Common Ground; wrote syndicated column (1965-77) for North American Newspaper Alliance and an autobiography, Black and Conservative (1966). Died in New York City. Rac(e)ing to the Right, an essay collection, appeared in 2001.

Also see the Syracuse University library, where George Schuyler's papers are held.