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A sharp and insightful analysis of historic movements against racism in the United States-from the separatism of Marcus Garvey, to the militancy of Malcolm X and the Black Panther Party, to the eloquence of Martin Luther King Jr. and much more-with essential lessons for today's struggles.
In the 40 years since the civil rights movement, many gains have been made-but there is still far to go to win genuine change. Here is a badly needed primer on the history and future of the struggle against racism.
Ahmed Shawki is the editor of the International Socialist Review. A member of the National Writers Union, he is also a contributor to The Struggle for Palestine (Haymarket). He lives in Chicago, Illinois.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.25" Height: 7.25" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Feb 15, 2006
Publisher Haymarket Books
ISBN 1931859264 ISBN13 9781931859264
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Ahmed Shawki is the editor of the International Socialist Review.
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More Than a History, More Than a Study Jul 13, 2006
Shawki, who is also an editor of the International Socialist Review--the theoretical journal of the International Socialist organization--presents a study of the relationship between the socialist movement in the United States and the Black population. He also does a good deal more here. Given the special history and relationship of African-Americans to the power structure and white-skinned US citizens in general, this is more than a study of that relationship. It is also a history of the African-American struggle for freedom. This history is not the first book to examine this historical relationship. However, it is certainly one of the few that predicates the fundamental elements of that relationship on the economic realities of slavery and the necessity to construct a rationale for the racial nature of African-American bondage and the racist structure that followed emancipation. This book is a comprehensive look at the history of the struggle for Black liberation in the United States. Shawki's effort is well worth the read, especially for those who are looking for a good introduction to this underexplored part of US history. The fundamental importance of the nature of US capitalist economics to the oppression of African-Americans is never forgotten in this book, but neither is this nature pressed to the point of pedanticism. If racism is the chicken and economics the egg, Shawki makes a compelling argument in these pages that the egg definitely came first. Quite readable, Black Liberation and Socialism adds an important analysis to the bookshelf of Black history. It doesn't merely belong in the study group or the library. It should be part of the slowly growing canon on that topic.
Powerful and too the point Mar 21, 2006
Ahmed Shawki's "Black liberation and Socialism" is one of the most powerful and easy to read books that I have read on the subject. His arguments are clear and his examples are powerful. He argues that to end racism ultimately it will take a multiracial working class movement fighting for a society free of poverty, racism, and exploitation i.e. socialism. His historical examples clearly illustrate how this is possible and necessary. It would be difficult to read this book and not feel angered and motivated to action the second you finish.
Jean Howell Duluth MN
Could not have come out at a better time Feb 21, 2006
Ahmed Shawki's account of the history and politics of the struggle for Black liberation in America is a must read for any anti-racist. We must learn this history as a guide for how to struggle in the present--one thing I enjoy so much about this book is that it gives the reader a sense of the possibilities that existed during periods of social upheaval. Shawki tells us about the abolitionist movement, reconstruction, the civil rights movement, and the black power movement but in so doing he shows us not only what those struggles accomplished--but what they might have accomplished. Read this book!
History as a guide to action Feb 19, 2006
This book is ablolutely essential reading for anyone who seeks to destroy racism in today's society. This book highlights the main events of US history regarding race and class, beginning with slavery and the origins of racism, and continuing through the Civil War, reconstruction, the birth and politics of the Civil Rights movement, and Black politics today.
The timing of this book could not be better suited as we have witnessed the deliberate neglect of the Black and poor people of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the racist criminal justice system and death penalty, and the re-segregation of schools to 1950's levels.
Therefore not only does this book teach us about Black history, but as the title suggests, makes the connection between racism, oppression, and class society. It examines various struggles against racism and points to the multiple places these meet other liberation movements. As we see Condoleeza rice buying $7,000 shoes while ignoring the plight of Katrina survivors, Shawki makes the case that racism is a severe problem, but it is not the only problem. As he points out, Malcom X came to the conclusion later in his life that the majority of society, whatever race or gender, was subject to injustice - injustice that is inherrently tied to class society. Shawki's conclusion is therefore that we need a new Civil Rights movement to fight for Black liberation, as well as a better world free of class antagonisms. And that world is socialism.