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Freedom on My Mind: The Columbia Documentary History of the African American Experience

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Fresh new hardcover in crisp dustjacket. No marks, negligible wear. Binding tight and square, corners sharp. NY: Columbia University Press, 2003. 1st printing. xviii, 734 pages. ... The Columbia Documentary History of the African American Experience reveals the richly diverse and complex experience of black people in America in their own words, from the Colonial era of Benjamin Banneker to the present world of Anita Hill and Cornell West. - - Wrapped, boxed and promptly shipped with tracking provided. Read more Show Less

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Freedom on My Mind reveals the richly diverse and complex experience of black people in America in their own words, from the Colonial era of Benjamin Banneker to the present world of Kweisi Mfume and Clarence Thomas. Personal correspondence, excerpts from slave narratives and autobiographies, leaflets, significant addresses and speeches, oral histories and interviews, political manifestos, and important statements of black institutions and organizations are brought together to form a volume that testifies to the boundless creative potential of black Americans in indefatigable pursuit of the dream of freedom.

Arranged thematically, the selections illustrate the politics of resistance--as reflected through gender and sexuality, kinship and community, work and leisure, faith and spirituality. They also highlight the contributions of women to black identity, history, and consciousness, and offer excerpts from the work of some of the finest stylists in the African American canon. A general introduction as well as short introductions and bibliographies for each document further enhance the usefulness of the book for students and researchers.

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Editorial Reviews

Choice

Spanning the period from the Colonial era to the present, this important anthology features the works of noteworthy figures of African American history and culture... Highly recommended.

American Reference Books Annual - Anthony J. Adam

Recommended for all public and academic libraries.

Journal of American Studies - Andrew Radford

Elegantly structured anthology.

Booklist

Highlighting the variance between white and black concepts and applications of freedom,... [t]his collection of speeches, essays, poems, sermons, folktales, letters, and interviews reflects the struggle within the American culture... An excellent read and reference resource.

Choice

Spanning the period from the Colonial era to the present, this important anthology features the works of noteworthy figures of African American history and culture... Highly recommended.

American Reference Books Annual
Recommended for all public and academic libraries.

— Anthony J. Adam

Journal of American Studies
Elegantly structured anthology.

— Andrew Radford

Library Journal
Compiled by Marable (director, Inst. for Research in African American Studies, Columbia Univ.), this anthology presents a well-documented perspective of the African American experience from Colonial times to the present. It is intended as "a narrative of struggle and sacrifice, not from the top down but from the bottom up" and also as an attempt "to illustrate and document the innumerable connections between culture and resistance." These goals are clarified by the division of the text into the three sections: "Gender, Kinship, and Community," "Political, Economic, and Social Justice," and "Culture, Faith, and Celebration." The text itself contains academic essays, poems, lyrics, sermons, political documents, oral histories and interviews, personal correspondence, excerpts from slave narratives and autobiographies, political manifestoes, and important statements of black institutions and organizations, all providing a rich understanding of this complex history. Each document is accompanied by a brief introduction and a bibliography, and acknowledgments throughout show what sources were used. The beauty of this volume is not that it challenges the existing canon on black experience but that it fills lacunae left by other works such as To Make Our World Anew. For instance, it contains a superb account of the contributions that women have made to African American identity, history, and consciousness. Essential reading for anyone interested in American history and African American studies, this is recommended for both public and academic libraries.-Edward G. McCormack, Univ. of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Lib. & Media Ctr., Long Beach Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231108904
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 7/3/2003
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 1.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Manning Marable

Manning Marable is director of the Institute for Research in African American studies and professor of history at Columbia University. He edited Dispatches from the Ebony Tower (Columbia, 2000) and is the author of Black Leadership (Columbia, 1998); W.E.B. Du Bois: Black Radical Democrat; and Speaking Truth to Power: Essays on Race, Resistance, and Radicalism among other books. He lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Gender, Kinship, and Community 1. Women and Gender2. Kinship and Community3. Imagining the Black WorldPart 2: Political, Economic, and Social Justice 4. Political Leadership and Social Protest5. In Pursuit of Justice6. Work, Labor, and Economic Development7. A Vision of DemocracyPart 3: Culture, Faith, and Celebration 8. Popular Culture9. Faith and Spirituality

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