Challenges the idea that black nationalism is a timeless, unchanging, and antiassimilationist impulse.
Black Nationalism in American Politics and Thought revisits the activism and arguments in support of separate black statehood from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, detailing the ways black nationalism historically mirrors broader currents in US politics and thought. This book challenges the idea that black nationalism is an essentially timeless, unchanging, and anti-assimilationist impulse with respect to the alternative goal of racial inclusion. 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.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1 (7)
Anglo-African Nationalism 8 (26)
Malcolm X and the Nation of Islam 34 (17)
Black Nationalist Organizations in the Civil 51 (19)
Black Nationalist Discourse 70 (18)
Black Nationalism as Ethnic Pluralism 88 (16)
Black Nationalism and the Ethnic Paradigm 104(14)
Black Nationalism in the Contemporary Era 118(19)
Selected Bibliography 159(6)