9780226298245

In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America

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    9780226298245

  • ISBN10:

    0226298248

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-02-01
  • Publisher: UNIV OF CHICAGO PRESS

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In this timely book, Eddie S. Glaude Jr., one of our nation's rising young African American intellectuals, makes an impassioned plea for black America to address its social problems by recourse to experience and with an eye set on the promise and potential of the future, rather than the fixed ideas and categories of the past. Central to Glaude's mission is a rehabilitation of philosopher John Dewey, whose ideas, he argues, can be fruitfully applied to a renewal of African American politics. According to Glaude, Dewey's pragmatism, when attentive to the darker dimensions of lifeor what we often speak of as the bluescan address many of the conceptual problems that plague contemporary African American discourse. How blacks think about themselves, how they imagine their own history, and how they conceive of their own actions can be rendered in ways that escape bad ways of thinking that assume a tendentious political unity among African Americans simply because they are black, or that short-circuit imaginative responses to problems confronting actual black people. Drawing deeply on black religious thought and literature,In a Shade of Blueseeks to dislodge such crude and simplistic thinking, and replace it with a deeper understanding of and appreciation for black life in all its variety and intricacy. Only when black political leaders acknowledge such complexity, Glaude argues, can the real-life sufferings of many African Americans be remedied. Heady, inspirational, and brimming with practical wisdom,In a Shade of Blueis a remarkable work of political commentary on a scale rarely seen today. To follow its trajectory is to learn how African Americans arrived at this critical moment in their history and to envision where they might head in the twenty-first century.

Author Biography


Eddie S. Glaude Jr. teaches religion and African American Studies at Princeton University. He is the author of Exodus! Religion, Race, and Nation in Early Nineteenth-Century Black America and editor of Is It Nation Time? Contemporary Essays on Black Power and Black Nationalism, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
In a Shade of Blue: An Introductionp. 1
Tragedy and Moral Experience: John Dewey and Toni Morrison's Belovedp. 17
"Black and Proud": Reconstructing Black Identityp. 47
"Ethiopia Shall Stretch Forth Her Hands unto God": The Problem of History in Black Theologyp. 66
Agency, Slavery, and African American Christianityp. 89
Explicating Black Nationalismp. 111
The Eclipse of a Black Public and the Challenge of a Post-Soul Politicsp. 127
Epilogue: The Covenant with Black Americap. 151
Notesp. 157
Indexp. 177
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