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This wide-ranging, multidisciplinary selection of newly commissioned articles brings jointly exotic voices within the box of Africana philosophy and African-American social and political thought.Provides a finished severe survey of African-American philosophical suggestion. Collects wide-ranging, multidisciplinary, newly commissioned articles in a single authoritative quantity. Serves as a benchmark paintings of reference for classes in philosophy, social and political proposal, cultural reports, and African-American reviews.

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Quoted from Fullinwider, The Mind and Mood of Black America, p. 89. R. R. Wright, Jr. “African Methodism and the Second Century,” Christian Recorder, Vol. 64 (April 13, 1916), p. 4. Ibid. Amy Jacques-Garvey, Garvey and Garveyism (Kingston, 1963), p. 98. Black Nationalism in America (New York, 1970), ed. Bracey, Meier and Rudwick, p. 193. , “A Mighty Army of Love,” SCLC Newsletter, Vol. , 1964), p. 7. This interpretation puts the famous Du Bois–Washington debate in a slightly different light. Du Bois indeed favors struggling for political rights and a liberal education for the Talented Tenth, while Washington pushes for the acquisition of marketable skills and accumulation of property among Afro-Americans.

Racism has been a source of intra-class conflict. But the future looks different. Expansion of interracial unionization in the South, the radicalization of integrated unions in blue and white collar occupations and the concerted push for federalized policy concerning national problems of unemployment and health care, may provide the framework for a new era, an era in which the black and white poor and working classes unite against corporate domination of the economy and government. The Afro-American humanist political viewpoint eagerly endorses and energetically encourages action to make this era a reality.

The innocent Karintha is treated as a commodity; Becky is caught in a web of miscegenation, hypocrisy and sympathy; Fern’s other-worldly life melts into nothingness, dissolves into anomie. When Toomer shifts to the urban setting, despair persists, but possible liberation looms. This liberation lies in the artistic shaping of the past, the discovery of self by understanding the spiritual riches of this past. The central characters, Dan and Kabnis, are archetypes of the Afro-American artist. Dan, whose roots stem from the rural South, comes to the urban North with a messianic mission: to remind the “New Negroes” of their roots.

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