Black Leadership : Four Great American Leaders and the Struggle for Civil Rights

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-07-01
  • Publisher: Penguin Group USA
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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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: Leadership in Black Americap. xi
Foundations of Inequality
The Racial Contours of the Constitutionp. 3
Black History and the Vision of Democracyp. 13
Ideology and Political Culture: The Age of Segregation
Booker T. Washington and the Political Economy of Black Accommodationp. 23
W. E. B. Du Bois and the Politics of Culturep. 41
The Black Faith of W. E. B. Du Boisp. 59
The Pan-Africanism of W. E. B. Du Boisp. 75
Political Intellectuals in the African Diasporap. 97
The Politics of Peace and Urban Empowerment
Peace and Black Liberation: The Contributions of W. E. B. Du Boisp. 111
Harold Washington's Chicago: Race, Class Conflict, and Political Changep. 127
Beyond Boundaries: The Future of Black History in the Present
The Rhetoric of Racial Harmonyp. 149
Black Fundamentalism: Louis Farrakhan and the Politics of Conservative Black Nationalismp. 161
Black Leadership and Organized Labor: From Workplace to Communityp. 183
Notesp. 195
Indexp. 225
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