This book is the second of a two-volume set exploring the controversies about the experiences of Americans from Africa. It contains essays on the roots of protest, including the original "Confessions of Nat Turner;" the background and character of the Civil Rights Movement; the origins and impact of Black Power; and, finally, in "Negroes Nevermore," varied views on the meaning of Black Pride.
Included here are selections written by black and white social scientists, psychiatrists, historians, and political figures offered in careful juxtaposition. Among the contributors are Raymond and Alice Bauer, Robert Blauner, Stokely Carmichael, Erik Erikson, Martin Luther King, Jr., Joyce Ladner, C. Eric Lincoln, August Meier and Elliott Rudwick, Tom Mboya, Gerald Mullin, Alvin Poussaint, and Mike Thelwell.
Volume I, Slavery and Its Aftermath, addresses four other issues: the retention of "Africanisms;" the impact of slavery on personality and culture; differences in the experiences of living in the South and North; and matters of community, class and family.
Originally published in 1970, these volumes have stood the test of time. Each of the issues considered still resonate in American society and all are critical to understanding many matters that still confront many Americans from Africa.
Table of Contents
Preface to the Transaction Edition
I. BLACK PROTEST
Who Was Nat Turner?
1 Day to Day Resistance to Slavery
Raymond Bauer and Alice Bauer
2 The Roots of Black Nationalism
Eugene D. Genovese
3 Gabriel's Insurrection
Gerald W. Mullin
4 The Confessions of Nat Turner as Told to Thomas R. Gray
5 William Styron: A Shared Ordeal
6 The White Nat Turner
7 Radicals and Conservatives: Black Protest in Twentieth-Century America
August Meier and Elliott Rudwick
8 The Social Context of Militancy
Gary T. Marx
9 The Crisis Which Bred Black Power
Nathan Wright, Jr.
10 The Americanization of Frantz Fanon
Aristide Zolberg and Vera Zolberg
11 The Revolutionary Myth
Lewis M. Killian
II. IN QUEST OF COMMUNITY
Whither Black Power?
12 What We Want
13 What "Black Power" Means to Negroes in Mississippi
14 The Trouble with Black Power
15 Black Rebellion and White Reaction
16 Where Do We Go From Here?
Martin Luther King, Jr.
17 The Concept of Identity in Race Relations
Erik H. Erikson
18 The Self-Image of the Negro American
Alvin F. Poussaint
19 Mood Ebony: The Acceptance of Being Black
C. Eric Lincoln
20 What's in a Name?
Lerone Bennett, Jr.
21 Africa Conscious Harlem
Richard B. Moore
22 The American Negro Cannot Look to Africa for an Escape
23 Black Culture: Myth or Reality?