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Black Liberation and the American Dream: The Struggle for Racial and Economic Justice (Revolutionary Studies)by Paul Le Blanc
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This interesting collection of essays and readings concentrates on the connections between racial justice and economic justice, but also explores the dynamic intersections of race, class, and gender. The underlying theme is that comprehending and acting upon such connections and intersections provide the key to overcoming racism.
The volume begins with a lengthy introductory essay by editor Paul Le Blanc, which presents a coherent summary of African American history, with special focus on the civil rights movements of the 1950s and 1960s. Le Blanc argues that effective action must be grounded in an understanding of the past, and he provides practical guidelines for activism.
This is followed by readings from some of the most prominent personalities in the history of the African American liberation struggle: Frederick Douglass, Martin Delany, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells, Booker T. Washington, Marcus Garvey, W. E. B. Du Bois, Paul Robeson, C. L. R. James, A. Philip Randolph, Martin Luther King Jr., Bayard Rustin, Malcolm X, Ella Baker, and others.
This very informative work will be useful for a wide range of college courses and sensitivity-training workshops, as well as for unionists and activist groups.
Book News Annotation:
Issues of economic justice and racial justice have been intertwined throughout American history, a fact long recognized by African American leaders and thinkers. Le Blanc (history, La Roche College) provides an overview of the topic, dissecting racism analytically and describing its operation in education, housing, life expectancy, and infant mortality disparities. A brief history of anti- racist struggle in the United States is told with an emphasis on particular figures such as Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Bayard Rustin. Strategies for overcoming racism are described. Over half of the text is reserved for readings by African American activists on black liberation; the U.S. left and antiracism; and intersections of race, ethnicity, class, and gender. Those selected range from the reformist to the revolutionary.
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