It is rare for a book to make an entirely new contribution in an established field and force you to rethink old dogmas but Johnson clearly does again and again in this thoroughly documented volume A stunning piece of committed scholarship that thoughtfully provides new insights into the legacy of Harold Cruse, Amiri Baraka, and the political legacy of Black nationalism in the 70s This author has gone on to have spectacular success since then winning the Daniel Singer Prize for his essay The Panthers Cant Save Us Now in Catalyst Journal and one cannot help but think he has always been inspired at least in part by the contrarian spirit of Cruse Engaging, thoughtful and with explosive and controversial conclusions, this is the book you need to read now in a post Obama world I would have liked to have seen content on how African American militants of the 1970s related to white radicals who were not Maoists The author really does not consider how say folks around Hal Draper or white anarchists might have conceptualized African American alliances Nonetheless this is a tiny quibble Make no mistake this is a magisterial achievement Buy it today. The Black Power Movement Represented A Key Turning Point In American Politics Disenchanted By The Hollow Progress Of Federal Desegregation During The S, Many Black Citizens And Leaders Across The United States Demanded Meaningful Self Determination The Popular Movement They Created Was Marked By A Vigorous Artistic Renaissance, Militant Political Action, And Fierce Ideological DebateExploring The Major Political And Intellectual Currents From The Black Power Era To The Present, Cedric Johnson Reveals How Black Political Life Gradually Conformed To Liberal Democratic Capitalism And How The Movement S Most Radical Aims The Rejection Of White Aesthetic Standards, Redefinition Of Black Identity, Solidarity With The Third World, And Anticapitalist Revolution Were Gradually Eclipsed By Moderate Aspirations Although Black Power Activists Transformed The Face Of American Government, Johnson Contends That The Evolution Of The Movement As A Form Of Ethnic Politics Restricted The Struggle For Social Justice To The World Of Formal PoliticsJohnson Offers A Compelling And Theoretically Sophisticated Critique Of The Rhetoric And Strategies That Emerged In This Period Drawing On Extensive Archival Research, He Reinterprets The Place Of Key Intellectual Figures, Such As Harold Cruse And Amiri Baraka, And Influential Organizations, Including The African Liberation Support Committee, The National Black Political Assembly, And The National Black Independent Political Party In Postsegregation Black Politics, While At The Same Time Identifying The Contradictions Of Black Power Radicalism ItselfDocumenting The Historical Retreat From Radical, Democratic Struggle, Revolutionaries To Race Leaders Ultimately Calls For The Renewal Of Popular Struggle And Class Conscious PoliticsCedric Johnson Is Assistant Professor Of Political Science At Hobart And William Smith Colleges
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- 320 pages
- Revolutionaries to Race Leaders: Black Power and the Making of African American Politics
- Cedric Johnson
- 13 September 2019 Cedric Johnson