The Future of the Race (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jul 20, 2011 - Social Science - 224 pages
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Almost one-hundred years ago, W.E.B. Du Bois proposed the notion of the "talented tenth," an African American elite that would serve as leaders and models for the larger black community. In this unprecedented collaboration, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Cornel West--two of Du Bois's most prominent intellectual descendants--reassess that relationship and its implications for the future of black Americans. If the 1990s are the best of times for the heirs of the Talented Tenth, they are unquestionably worse for the growing black underclass. As they examine the origins of this widening gulf and propose solutions for it, Gates and West combine memoir and biography, social analysis and cultural survey into a book that is incisive and compassionate, cautionary and deeply stirring.



"Today's most public African American intellectual voices...West and Gates have made a valuable contribution."--Julian Bond, Philadelphia Inquirer


"Brilliant...a social, cultural and political blueprint...that attempts to illumine the future path for blacks and American democracy."--New York Daily News


"Henry Louis Gates., Jr., and Cornel West are among the most renowned American intellectuals of our time."--New York Times Book Review


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Review: The Future of the Race

User Review  - Mary Alice - Goodreads

Only had to read excerpts for my class but it was very boring to me. It was informative but did not hold my attention. Read full review

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User Review  - Adrien Green - Goodreads

I wasn't particularly fascinated by this joint production. The first half of the book was written by Gates and sums up to a rather mundane reminiscence of Gates' college days. The second half, by West ... Read full review

Contents

PREFACE
PARABLE OF THE TALENTS
BLACK STRIVINGS IN ATWILIGHT CIVILIZATION
APPENDIX
W E B DU BOISAND THE TALENTED TENTH
THE TALENTED TENTHW E B Du Boispublished in The Negro Problem 1903
THE TALENTED TENTHMEMORIAL ADDRESSW E B Du Boisdelivered at the Nineteenth Grand Boulé Conclave Sigma Pi Phi 1948
NOTES
BY HENRY LOUIS GATES JR
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Cornel West is Class of 1943 University Professor in the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey. He is considered one of America's most provocative public individuals and has been a champion for racial justice since childhood. His writing, speaking, and teaching weave together the traditions of the black Baptist church, progressive politics, and jazz. The "New York Times" has praised his "ferocious moral vision.

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