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Race, Reform, and Rebellion: The Second Reconstruction in Black America, 1945-1990
The original edition of this book was written during the second year of the Reagan administration. It reflected two perspectives, the thoughts of the social historian, and the commentary of the political theorist and social activist among African-Americans in the post-1975 period. This book elaborates and expands these theories in light of the developments that have occurr ...more
Paperback, 283 pages
Published May 1st 1991 by Univ Pr of Mississippi (Txt)
(first published September 1st 1984)
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I am currently re-reading this book. Marable reframes the World War II era through Civil Rights, all the way up to the George Bush Era as a Second Reconstruction. First of all, this revelation is revolutionary. It was a reconstruction, with America trying to figure out how to deal once again with the "Negro" problem. However, this time, the Negro/ African American population was able to exert much more political, economic, and social power and frame its own vision and goals.
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Super eye-opening. Very dense (it took me forever to get through all of it) but incredibly enlightening. Hard to tell if the anti-capitalist bent is excessive bias or just the truth -- can capitalism coexist with racial equality? I don't think so, but I still felt like Marable was a little heavy-handed in his emphasis on socialist or communist activism. Also, would've enjoyed a little more on black feminism/womanism/intersectionality, but otherwise found this book invaluable.
Fairly spectacular book which not only covered the strengths and faults of well known names like MLK jr., Malcom X, Medgar Evars and Rosa Parks but also more revered radical stalwarts like Huey P. Newton and other leaders of the black power movement and the great weaknesses of many leaders who focused to wholly on race to the detriment of gender or patriarchy considerations or class while refusing to admit race as a factor and as a result highlighting the reality of a modern organizer who lives ...more
If you want to know background on neo-nazis and their close connection to the GOP since Reagan, read this book. More importantly it provides an historical overview of African American political formations and their respective roles in the Black Freedom Movement since WW2.
Marable does not fail to impress his audience with this work that sheds much light on the events and movements that helped to socially and politically shape the period known as the second reconstruction in African-American history, as well as those that contributed to its failure.
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 Reinvention.