Is It Nation Time?: Contemporary Essays on Black Power and Black Nationalism

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-02-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr

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During the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Black Power movement provided the dominant ideological framework through which many young, poor, and middle-class blacks made sense of their lives and articulated a political vision for their futures. The legacy of the movement is still very much with us today in the various strands of black nationalism that originated from it; we witnessed its power in the 1995 Million Man March, and we see its more ambiguous effects in the persistent antagonisms among former participants in the civil rights coalition. Yet despite the importance of the Black Power movement, very few in-depth, balanced treatments of it exist. Is It Nation Time?gathers new and classic essays on the Black Power movement and its legacy by renowned thinkers who deal rigorously and unsentimentally with such issues as the commodification of blackness, the piety of cultural recovery, and class tensions within the movement. For anyone who wants to understand the roots of the complex political and cultural desires of contemporary black America, this will be an essential collection. Contributors: Eddie S. Glaude Jr. Farah Jasmine Griffin Phillip Brian Harper Gerald Horne Robin D. G. Kelley Wahneema Lubiano Adolph Reed Jr. Jeffrey Stout Will Walker S. Craig Watkins Cornel West E. Francis White

Author Biography

Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is an associate professor of religion and Africana studies Bowdoin College. he is the author of Exodus! Religion, Race and Nation in Early Nineteenth-Century Black America, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction Black Power Revisited 1(21)
Eddie S. Glaude Jr.
The Paradox of the African American Rebellion
Cornel West
Black Particularity Reconsidered
Adolph L. Reed Jr.
Stormy Weather: Reconstructing Black (Inter)Nationalism in the Cold War Era
Robin D. G. Kelley
Reflecting Black: Zimbabwe and U.S. Black Nationalism
Gerald Horne
Conflict and Chorus: Reconsidering Toni Cade's The Black Woman: An Anthology
Farah Jasmine Griffin
Africa on My Mind: Gender, Counter Discourse, and African American Nationalism
E. Frances White
Standing In for the State: Black Nationalism and ``Writing'' the Black Subject
Wahneema Lubiano
Nationalism and Social Division in Black Arts Poetry of the 1960s
Phillip Brian Harper
``Black Is Back, and It's Bound to Sell!'' Nationalist Desire and the Production of Black Popular Culture
S. Craig Watkins
After The Fire Next Time: James Baldwin's Postconsensus Double Bind
Will Walker
Theses on Black Nationalism
Jeffrey Stout
List of Contributors 257(2)
Index 259

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