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The Great Wells Of Democracy: The Meaning Of Race In American Life

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In his boldest and most accessible book to date, Manning Marable lays out a new way to think about the past and the future of race in America. Exploding traditional lines of left and right, Marable stakes out such controversial and seemingly incompatible positions as the re-enfranchisement of felons, state support for faith-based institutions, reparations for slavery that ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 13th 2003 by Basic Civitas Books (first published November 12th 2002)
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Kathleen
This book is an extremely accessible explanation of structural racism and its effects on American Blacks and American democracy. Marable provides an excellent, albeit light, history of the establishment of structural racism in the United States. He gives separate accounts of structural racism in electoral politics, education, the criminal (in)justice system, etc. He shows that white supremacy structures American political life.
My only complaint with this book is that the definition and explanati
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Tom Darrow
Read this book right around the time I was reading The Debt by Randall Robinson. Because of the power of Robinson's book, I ultimately forgot pretty much everything that this book was about. Must not have been that earth-moving of a read for me.
Mike
Jul 03, 2009 Mike added it
Manning Marble on Race.

Very well done a must read for anyone interested in America.
Melissa
Jun 21, 2008 Melissa rated it really liked it
An important voice for structural racism- one if its most current and pervasive forms.
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Manning Marable was an American professor of public affairs, history and African-American Studies at Columbia University. He founded and directed the Institute for Research in African-American Studies. He authored several texts and was active in progressive political causes. At the time of his death, he had completed a biography of human rights activist Malcolm X, entitled Malcolm X: A Life of Rei ...more
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