Synopses & Reviews
The history of the black struggle for civil rights land political and economic equality in America is deeply tied to the strategies, agendas, and styles of black leaders. In this compelling work, Manning Marable presents thought-provoking portraits of some of this century's most vital black leaders, delving into significant but little-studied aspects of their careers.
At the heart of the book are probing examinations of four leaders whose legacies speak to the challenges of race, class, and power: Booker T. Washington's conservative strategy of accommodation to segregation, Harold Washington's failure to uproot Chicago's political machine, the nationalist separatism of Louis Farrakhan, and the democratic transformation championed by W.E.B. Du Bois. Cogently argued and lucidly written, Black Leadership goes beyond the rhetoric of racial politics and renews the possibility of lasting cultural change throughout American society.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 195-224) and index.
Table of Contents
pt. 1.Foundations of inequality --ch. 1.Racial contours of the constitution --ch. 2.Black history and the vision of democracy --pt. 2.Ideology and political culture: the age of segregation --ch. 3.Booker T. Washington and the political economy of black accommodation --ch. 4.W.E.B. Du Bois and the politics of culture --ch. 5.Black faith of W.E.B. Du Bois --ch. 6.Pan-Africanism of W.E.B. Du Bois --ch. 7.Political intellectuals in the African diaspora --pt. 3.Politics of peace and urban empowerment --ch. 8.Peace and black liberation: the contributions of W.E.B. Du Bois --ch. 9.Harold Washington's Chicago: race, class conflict, and political change --pt. 4.Beyond boundaries: the future of black history in the present --ch. 10.Rhetoric of racial harmony --ch. 11.Black fundamentalism: Louis Farrakhan and the politics of conservative black nationalism --ch. 12.Black leadership and organized labor: from workplace to community.