Modern Black Nationalism: From Marcus Garvey to Louis Farrakhan

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William L. Van Deburg
NYU Press, 1997 - Social Science - 381 pages
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Why do black characters appear so frequently in Asian American literary works and Asian characters appear in African American literary works in the early twentieth century? Interracial Encounters attempts to answer this rather straightforward literary question, arguing that scenes depicting Black-Asian interactions, relationships, and conflicts capture the constitution of African American and Asian American identities as each group struggled to negotiate the racially exclusionary nature of American identity.

In this nuanced study, Julia H. Lee argues that the diversity and ambiguity that characterize these textual moments radically undermine the popular notion that the history of Afro-Asian relations can be reduced to a monolithic, media-friendly narrative, whether of cooperation or antagonism. Drawing on works by Charles Chesnutt, Wu Tingfang, Edith and Winnifred Eaton, Nella Larsen, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Younghill Kang, Interracial Encounters foregrounds how these reciprocal representations emerged from the nation’s pervasive pairing of the figure of the “Negro” and the “Asiatic” in oppositional, overlapping, or analogous relationships within a wide variety of popular, scientific, legal, and cultural discourses. Historicizing these interracial encounters within a national and global context highlights how multiple racial groups shaped the narrative of race and national identity in the early twentieth century, as well as how early twentieth century American literature emerged from that multiracial political context.
  

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Contents

Suggestions for Further Reading
19
Federal Surveillance of Negro Agitators
32
W E B Du Bois and PanAfricanism
40
Black Nationalism and the Harlem Renaissance
51
DepressionEra Communists and SelfDetermination in
59
Uncovering a National Past
64
A Philip Randolph and the March on Washington
73
Carlos Cooks and the African Nationalist Pioneer
84
The League of Revolutionary
188
Liberating the Subjugated Territory
197
First of All and Finally Africans
203
Black Art and Black Nationalism 115
215
The Black Church and Black Power
223
The Black Panther Party and
240
Black Women and Liberation 156
256
Keeper of the Tradition 175
275

Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam
97
Malcolm X and the Organization of AfroAmerican
106
The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and Black
119
Raising the Consciousness of
127
COINTELPRO and Black Nationalist Hate Groups
133
Black Power in Education
158
Roy Innis and the Congress of Racial Equality
175
James Forman and the Black Manifesto
182
Afrocentricity
288
Melanin and the Dynamics of Genetic Survival 195
295
Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam
315
The Black Belt Question Revisited
328
Toward African Liberation
342
Forward Ever Backward Never
367
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William L. Van Deburg is Professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His previous books include New Day in Babylon: The Black Power Movement and American Culture, 1965-1975, and Slavery and Race in American Popular Culture.

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