Black Intellectuals: Race and Responsibility in American Life

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1998 - History - 335 pages
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"An important book, significant because it highlights the diversity and richness of Afro-American intellectual life.... It will surely be a crucial reference work for years to come". -- New York Times Book ReviewIn the volumes of literature on black history and thought, few have focused on the black thinkers who have shaped the course of American culture. This landmark work charts the contours of black intellectual life across American history and chronicles its fluctuating fortunes.Black Intellectuals offers a centuries-deep analysis of black life, beginning with the arrival of Africans as slaves, when medicine men and conjurers held ancient, powerful wisdom. Author William Banks goes on to discuss prominent figures ranging from black pioneers like Alexander Crummell, Frederick Douglass, and Anna Cooper to intellectuals of the modern age such as W. E. B. Du Bois, Alain Locke, E. Franklin Frazier, Toni Morrison, and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. These and hundreds of other black scholars and artists -- many of them interviewed for this volume -- people an enlightened and imaginative landscape, fascinating for both its range and its diversity.

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Thorough research, lively interviews with modern artists and scholars, and thoughtful analysis combine to offer a portrait of the problems black intellectuals have faced in America and the variety of ... Read full review

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Banks, a professor of African American studies at Berkeley, surveys the historical relationship between black intellectuals and the African American community from the Colonial era to the present. (LJ 10/15/96) Read full review


Laying the Foundations
Black Thinkers in a White Movement
The Black Intellectual Infrastructure
Slowly Making Their Mark
Prosperity Change and More of the Same
A Talented But Trapped Tenth
Not a Lull Not a Storm
Standing at the Crossroads
Capturing the Definition
Rude Awakenings
Imagining for the People
What Shall I Render?
Epilogue Or Crust and Sugar Over

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