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The Modern African American Political Thought Reader

From David Walker to Barack Obama

By Angela Jones (Edited by)

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Format: Paperback, 472 pages
Other Information: 15 black & white halftones
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 September 2012
The Modern African American Political Thought Reader compiles the work of great African American political thinkers throughout the twentieth century and up through today to show the development of black political thought and trace the interconnectedness of each person's ideas through their own words. From abolition, through civil rights, Black nationalism, radical feminism, neo-conservativism, and the new Black Moderate, Angela Jones has collected the key readings of the most important figures in black political history. Each chapter includes an introduction to the themes of the chapter, a biographical sketch of the person profiled, and some of their greatest works, chosen to show the range of political subjects of interest to African Americans. From Radicals like Angela Y. Davis to Conservatives such as Michael Steele, this anthology showcases the diversity of political thought within the African American community. It is a must for anyone interested in African American history and politics.

Table of Contents

Introduction Part I: The Antebellum Era: the Rise of Abolitionism Chapter 1: David Walker Chapter 2: Maria Stewart Chapter 3: Frederick Douglass Chapter 4: Anna Julia Cooper Part II: Reconstruction and Beyond: Debates over the Negro Problem and the Creation of Civil Rights Discourse Chapter 5: Alexander Crummell Chapter 6: Booker T. Washington Chapter 7: Ida B. Wells Chapter 8: William Monroe Trotter Chapter 9: W.E.B. Du Bois Chapter 10: A. Philip Randolph Chapter 11: Bayard Rustin TChapter 12: Mary McLeod Bethune Chapter 13: Martin Luther King Jr. Part III: Black Nationalism: Its Roots and Development Chapter 14: Martin Delaney Chapter 15: Henry McNeal Turner Chapter 16: Marcus Garvey Chapter 17: Malcolm X Chapter 18: Stokley Carmichael/Kwame Toure Chapter 19: The Black Panthers: Founders Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale Part IV: Black Radical Feminism Chapter 20: Claudia Jones Chapter 21: Florynce "Flo" Kennedy Chapter 22: Shirley Chisholm Chapter 23: Angela Y. Davis Part V: Modern Black Conservatives: Why Black "Neo-Cons" Matter Chapter 24: Clarence Thomas Chapter 25: Alan Keyes Chapter 26: Michael Steele Chapter 27: Star Parker Part VI: The New Black Moderate: Obama and Beyond Chapter 28: Barack Obama

About the Author

Angela Jones is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Farmingdale State College, State University of New York'


The Modern African American Political Thought Reader is an important and timely resource for the study of African American History and Culture. Peniel E. Joseph, author of Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama Cutting through the 'noise' of a new class of mainstream media pundits, The Modern African American Political Thought Reader provides a great social and intellectual service by connecting an illustrious past and present of African American thought production. The discourse, and the actions this discourse inspires, is an invaluable contribution to a much-needed delineation of the nuances within black historical and contemporary political thought. Most importantly, The Modern African American Political Thought Reader necessarily troubles our conception of "the" black community as a singular, unified entity. Instead, Jones' volume reveals the plurality and collisions of intellectual debate that are crucial to shaping a vital vision of African Americans with a linked destiny, but disparate strategies for achieving social justice. Kimberly Springer, author of Living for the Revolution: Black Feminist Organizations, 1968-1980

EAN: 9780415895736
ISBN: 0415895731
Publisher: Routledge
Dimensions: 25.4 x 17.8 centimetres (0.86 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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