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Black Liberation and the American Dream: The Struggle for Racial and Economic Justice : Analysis, Strategy, Readings (Revolutionary Studies)

Black Liberation and the American Dream: The Struggle for Racial and Economic Justice : Analysis, Strategy, Readings (Revolutionary Studies)

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Taking a step toward helping all Americans realize equality, BLACK LIBERATION AND THE AMERICAN DREAM concentrates on the connections between racial justice and economic justice, while exploring the dynamic intersections of race, class, and gender. Editor Paul Le Blanc argues that comprehending and acting upon such connections and intersections provides the key to overcoming racism.

An insightful introductory essay by Le Blanc presents a cogent summary of African American history, with special focus on the civil rights movements of the 1950s and 1960s, and suggests practical activities to advance the struggle to eliminate racism in the United States. This is followed by readings from some of the most prominent pioneers in the liberation struggle: Frederick Douglass, Martin Delany, Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells, Booker T. Washington, Marcus Garvey, W.E.B. Du Bois, Paul Robeson, C.L.R. James, A. Philip Randolph, Martin Luther King Jr., Bayard Rustin, Malcolm X, Ella Baker, and many others. Selections are also offered from several contemporary scholars in today's antiracist struggle.

This very informative volume is an excellent practical survey of the African American struggle thus far and a guide for the ongoing struggle to achieve the "American dream."

"This is an excellent text, superb for both students and activists. . . . It is enhanced by a long, thoughtful essay by Paul Le Blanc, which examines African American history in a coherent and organized manner to make it easilyaccessible. It is especially effective in the focus on the civil rights struggle and on the intersection of race, gender, and class, as well as on the need for informed activism. BLACK LIBERATION AND THE AMERICAN DREAM promises to be an outstanding teaching tool; it should be widely used." -- Dennis Brutus, professor emeritus, Department of African Studies, University of Pittsburgh

"A superb introduction to the history of racism, of freedom struggles, and of the meaning of both for all of U.S. history. . . .This book is sure to open spirited and productive debates and dialogues." -- David Roediger, professor of history and Afro-American Studies, University of Illinois