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The Modern African American Political Thought Reader
From David Walker to Barack Obama

Edited By

Angela Jones

ISBN 9780415895736
Published September 5, 2012 by Routledge
472 Pages

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Book Description

The Modern African American Political Thought Reader compiles the work of great African American political thinkers throughout the twentieth century and up through today to show the development of black political thought and trace the interconnectedness of each person's ideas through their own words. From abolition, through civil rights, Black nationalism, radical feminism, neo-conservativism, and the new Black Moderate, Angela Jones has collected the key readings of the most important figures in black political history.

Each chapter includes an introduction to the themes of the chapter, a biographical sketch of the person profiled, and some of their greatest works, chosen to show the range of political subjects of interest to African Americans. From Radicals like Angela Y. Davis to Conservatives such as Michael Steele, this anthology showcases the diversity of political thought within the African American community. It is a must for anyone interested in African American history and politics.

Table of Contents


Part I: The Antebellum Era: the Rise of Abolitionism

Chapter 1: David Walker

Chapter 2: Maria Stewart

Chapter 3: Frederick Douglass

Chapter 4: Anna Julia Cooper

Part II: Reconstruction and Beyond: Debates over the Negro Problem and the Creation of Civil Rights Discourse

Chapter 5: Alexander Crummell

Chapter 6: Booker T. Washington

Chapter 7: Ida B. Wells

Chapter 8: William Monroe Trotter

Chapter 9: W.E.B. Du Bois

Chapter 10: A. Philip Randolph

Chapter 11: Bayard Rustin

TChapter 12: Mary McLeod Bethune

Chapter 13: Martin Luther King Jr.

Part III: Black Nationalism: Its Roots and Development

Chapter 14: Martin Delaney

Chapter 15: Henry McNeal Turner

Chapter 16: Marcus Garvey

Chapter 17: Malcolm X

Chapter 18: Stokley Carmichael/Kwame Toure

Chapter 19: The Black Panthers: Founders Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale

Part IV: Black Radical Feminism

Chapter 20: Claudia Jones

Chapter 21: Florynce "Flo" Kennedy

Chapter 22: Shirley Chisholm

Chapter 23: Angela Y. Davis

Part V: Modern Black Conservatives: Why Black "Neo-Cons" Matter

Chapter 24: Clarence Thomas

Chapter 25: Alan Keyes

Chapter 26: Michael Steele

Chapter 27: Star Parker

Part VI: The New Black Moderate: Obama and Beyond

Chapter 28: Barack Obama

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Angela Jones is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Farmingdale State College, State University of New York’


The Modern African American Political Thought Reader is an important and timely resource for the study of African American History and Culture.

Peniel E. Joseph, author of Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama

Cutting through the 'noise' of a new class of mainstream media pundits, The Modern African American Political Thought Reader provides a great social and intellectual service by connecting an illustrious past and present of African American thought production. The discourse, and the actions this discourse inspires, is an invaluable contribution to a much-needed delineation of the nuances within black historical and contemporary political thought. Most importantly, The Modern African American Political Thought Reader necessarily troubles our conception of "the" black community as a singular, unified entity. Instead, Jones' volume reveals the plurality and collisions of intellectual debate that are crucial to shaping a vital vision of African Americans with a linked destiny, but disparate strategies for achieving social justice.

Kimberly Springer, author of Living for the Revolution: Black Feminist Organizations, 1968–1980