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Black Nationalism in American Politics and Thought


  • Page extent: 182 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.38 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 320.54/08996073
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: E185.61 .R679 2001
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Black nationalism--United States--History--19th century
    • Black nationalism--United States--History--20th century
    • African Americans--Politics and government--19th century
    • African Americans--Politics and government--20th century
    • United States--Politics and government--19th century

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521623261 | ISBN-10: 052162326X)

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  • Published August 2001

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Black Nationalism in American Politics and Thought revisits the activism and arguments in support of separate black statehood from the mid-19th century to the present, detailing the ways black nationalism mirrors broader currents in U.S. politics and thought. This book challenges the idea that black nationalism is a timeless, unchanging, and anti-assimilationist impulse. It argues that black nationalism in the United States draws on analogous political strategy and thinking unique to specific historical eras--often inadvertently reproducing strategies and thinking responsible for racial inequality in the first place.


Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Anglo-African nationalism; 2. Malcolm X and the nation of Islam; 3. Black nationalist organizations in the Civil Rights era; 4. Black nationalist discourse; 5. Black nationalism as ethnic pluralism; 6. Black nationalism and the ethnic paradigm; 7. Black nationalism in the contemporary era; Notes; Selected bibliography; Index.

Prize Winner

2002 Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award Winner


"Dean E. Robinson...provides a concise, yet richly detailed examination of black nationalism in U.S. politics and thought. This book makes an important contribution to several disciplines including political sciences, sociology, and history, as well as other ethnic studies." American Journal of Sociology

"Dean Robinson's serious engagement with black nationalism is...most welcome." Perspectives on Politics

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