Let Nobody Turn Us Around: Voices of Resistance, Reform, and Renewal: An African American Anthology / Edition 2

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This anthology of black writers traces the evolution of African-American perspectives throughout American history, from the early years of slavery to the end of the twentieth century. The essays, manifestos, interviews, and documents assembled here, contextualized with critical commentaries from Marable and Mullings, introduce the reader to the character and important controversies of each period of black history. The selections represent a broad spectrum of ideology. Conservative, radical, nationalistic, and integrationist approaches can be found in almost every period, yet there have been striking shifts in the evolution of social thought and activism. The editors judiciously illustrate how both continuity and change affected the African-American community in terms of its internal divisions, class structure, migration, social problems, leadership, and protest movements. They also show how gender, spirituality, literature, music, and connections to Africa and the Caribbean played a prominent role in black life and history.

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Editorial Reviews

Afro Times
Praise for the first edition:
A readable, comprehensive, fascinating and thick anthology of African American documents that are as gripping as they are informative. Powerful, dramatic, hard to put down, this comprehensive volume of both significant leaders and ordinary people with highly perceptive views, should find a place in many college courses.
George M. Fredrickson
Praise for the first edition:
There is no comparable volume that can match the comprehensive coverage in this first, single-volume documentary history of black thought. . . . Essential reading.
Cornel West
Praise for the first edition:
Manning Marable and Leith Mullings's text gives us a powerful interpretation and compilation of exemplary voices in the black past and present. Their progressive vision is a breath of fresh air and badly needed in these times.
It is an excellent work of scholarship and a reference that belongs in the homes of all Black Americans.
Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Praise for the first edition:
A remarkably broad compilation of the signal primary sources through which black people articulated both their always shifting and always various definitions of what, precisely, a black identity is, as well as the most efficacious methods through which to achieve our freedom. Marable and Mullings have produced a work indispensable to the field of African-American Studies.
The Bookwatch
Praise for the first edition:
Douglas and Malcolm X are joined by lesser-known names in this survey of how individual actions formed into a movement. Oral testimonies, interviews, and essays blend in an important coverage.
Praise for the first edition:
It is an excellent work of scholarship and a reference that belongs in the homes of all Black Americans.
Orlando Times
Praise for the first edition:
This unique and groundbreaking volume captures the struggle and hope persistent in the movement for social justice.
Race Relations Abstracts
Praise for the first edition:
The editors make the crucial argument that the themes of reform, resistance, and renewal formed the cultural and social matrix of black consciousness, community, and public discourse. They identify the key debates in the black community throughout American history and provide an analytical framework of the major tendencies. They also make a forceful argument for making the issue of gender a central one throughout this important volume.
Johnnetta B. Cole
Praise for the first edition:
No other anthology so fully incorporates views from African American women as well as men, workers as well as intellectuals, and individuals from diverse political perspectives.
Julie Lewis
This is a fantastic book and wonderful resource for students and instructors. Well done!
'ssie Davis
Let Nobody Turn Us Around puts a sword and compass back in faltering hands. . . . An indispensable, never-failing guide without which the bravest stumble and lose heart.
Ossie Davis
Let Nobody Turn Us Around puts a sword and compass back in faltering hands. . . . An indispensable, never-failing guide without which the bravest stumble and lose heart.
North Carolina Historical Review
This book is a significant achievement. Its scope, organization, and bibliography make it an ideal resource for scholars, for graduate and undergraduate students in courses on American or African American history or studies, and for anyone else interested in American intellectual or social history.
The Boston Globe - Robin Dougherty
The couple encompass both the extraordinary and the every day.
Boston Globe
The couple encompass both the extraordinary and the every day.
— Robin Dougherty
It is an excellent work of scholarship and a reference that belongs in the homes of all Black Americans.
Political Affairs
The history recounted in this book is important.
Michigan Citizen
What is unique, startling, and most significant about this book is that all the sources are primary, and all are the voices of African Americans themselves articulating their experiences in an effort to understand and cope with their circumstances in this country over several centuries and how to change them. This rich, highly readable collection illuminates a broad spectrum of ideology, as well as how both continuity and change have affected the black community in the United States. . . . An impressive combination of serious scholarship with accessible writing, this is a book that none who purport to understand this nation can afford to ignore.
Let Nobody Turn Us Around is 'not a typical encyclopedia of African-American thought.'. . . The voices behind the 20th century's most influential Black political and social movements ring loud and clear in expressing both past and future struggle . . . an eclectic range of material.
Huntsville Times
It's an ambitious compilation of some of the most important literature chronicling the African-American experience.
The North Carolina Historical Review
This book is a significant achievement. Its scope, organization, and bibliography make it an ideal resource for scholars, for graduate and undergraduate students in courses on American or African American history or studies, and for anyone else interested in American intellectual or social history.
The Journal Of Southern History
A useful compendium.
Herbert Aptheker
Conveys the essence of the struggle to achieve freedom by African-American men and women. The work is as dramatic as is the struggle itself.
Howard Winant
From early slave narratives to Malcolm X to the Black Radical Congress of 1998, this anthology presents essential viewpoints and insights from the black freedom struggle. Highly recommended!
Gerald Horne
This anthology packs in one volume the sterling essence of our vast intellectual and political heritage. This is a wonderful teaching tool; more than this, it is a book that none who purport to understand this nation can afford to ignore.
Journal Of Southern History
A useful compendium.
The Boston Globe
The couple encompass both the extraordinary and the every day.
— Robin Dougherty
Phatitude Literary Magazine
As I read this book, it was a pleasant journey reading Nat Turner's 1831 statement, 'Harlem Renaissance manifesto' of Langston Hughes, to Mumia Abu-Jamal's 'A Voice from Death Row,' and Barack Obama's 'A More Perfect Union' speech of 2008, which I found informative. The selections and critical historical references allow readers to view African American history through the lens of people who helped create it. Let Nobody Turn Us Around is evidence of how important it is for African Americans to document their experiences so that we can read, reflect and learn more about ourselves.
The Journal of Southern History
A useful compendium.
San Francisco Chronicle
While well-known voices such as Frederick Douglass and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. appear, it is the discovery of the lesser-known that makes this anthology special. For example, Jo Ann Robinson's account of organizing the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott presents concrete background on a mythic struggle. Narratives by Solomon Northrup describing the heartrending breakup of families during a slave auction (1841) and Naomi Ward's recounting of her experiences in 'I Am a Domestic' (1940) are very affecting.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742560574
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/16/2009
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 708
  • Sales rank: 160,572
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Manning Marable

Manning Marable is M. Moran Weston and Black Alumni Professor of African-American Studies and Director of the Center for Contemporary Black History at Columbia University.

Leith Mullings is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Preface to the First Edition Part 2 Preface to the Second Edition Part 3 Introduction: Resistance, Reform, and Renewal in the Black Experience Part 4 Section 1. Foundations: Slavery and Abolitionism, 1768-1861 Part 5 1. "On Being Brought from Africa to America" Part 6 2. "The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano" Part 7 3. "Thus Doth Ethiopia Stretch Forth Her Hand from Slavery, to Freedom and Equality" Part 8 4. The Founding of the African Methodist Episcopal Church Part 9 5. David Walker's "Appeal," 1829-1830 Part 10 6. The Statement of Nat Turner, 1831 Part 11 7. Slaves are Prohibited to Read and Write by Law Part 12 8. "What If I Am a Woman?" Part 13 9. A Slave Denied the Rights to Marry, Letter of Milo Thompson, Slave, 1834 Part 14 10. The Selling of Slaves, Advertisement, 1835 Part 15 11. Solomon Northrup Describes a New Orleans Slave Auction, 1841 Part 16 12. Cinque and the Amistad Revolt, 1841 Part 17 13. "Let Your Motto Be Resistance!" Part 18 14. "Slavery as It Is" Part 19 15. "A'nt' I a Woman?" Part 20 16. "A Plea for Emigration, or, Notes of Canada West" Part 21 17. A Black Nationalist Manifesto Part 22 18. "What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?" Part 23 19. "No Rights That a White Man Is Bound to Respect:" The Dred Scott Case and Its Aftermath Part 24 20. "Whenever the Colored Man Is Elevated, It Will Be by His Own Exertions" Part 25 21. The Spirituals: "Go Down Moses" and "Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel" Part 26 Section 2. Reconstruction and Reaction: The Aftermath of Slavery and the Dawn of Segregation, 1861-1915 Part 28 1. "What the Black Man Wants" Part 29 2. Henry McNeal Turner, Black Christian Nationalist Part 30 3. Black Urban Workers during Reconstruction Chapter 31 Anonymous Document on the National Colored Labor Convention, 1869 Chapter 32 New York Tribune Article on African-American Workers, 1870 Part 33 4. "Labor and Capital Are In Deadly Conflict" Part 34 5. Edward Wilmot Blyden and the African Diaspora Part 35 6. "The Democratic Idea Is Humanity" Part 36 7. "A Voice from the South" Part 37 8. The National Association of Colored Women: Mary Church Terrell and Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin Part 38 9. "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" Part 39 10. Booker T. Washington and the Politics of Accommodation Chapter 40 "Atlanta Exposition Address" Chapter 41 "My View of Segregation Laws" Part 42 11. William Monroe Trotter and the Boston Guardian Part 43 12. Race and the Southern Worker Chapter 44 "A Negro Woman Speaks" Chapter 45 "The Race Question a Class Question" Chapter 46 "Negro Workers!" Part 47 13. Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Crusader for Justice Part 48 14. William Edward Burghardt Du Bois Chapter 49 Excerpts from "The Conservation of Races" Chapter 50 Excerpts from The Souls of Black Folk Part 51 15. The Niagara Movement, 1905 Part 52 16. Hubert Henry Harrison, Black Revolutionary Nationalist Part 53 Section 3. From Plantation to Ghetto: The Great Migration, Harlem Renaissance, and World War, 1915-1954 Part 54 1. Black Conflict over World War I Chapter 55 "Close Ranks" Chapter 56 "The Descent of Du Bois" Chapter 57 "Returning Soldiers" Part 58 2. "If We Must Die" Part 59 3. Black Bolsheviks: Cyril V. Briggs and Claude McKay Chapter 60 "What the African Blood Brotherhood Stands For" Chapter 61 "Soviet Russia and the Negro" Part 62 4. Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association Chapter 63 "Declaration of Rights of the Negro Peoples of the World" Chapter 64 "An Appeal to the Conscience of the Black Race to See Itself" Part 65 5. "Women as Leaders" Part 66 6. Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance Chapter 67 "The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain" Chapter 68 "My America" Chapter 69 Poems Part 70 7. "The Negro Woman and the Ballot" Part 71 8. James Weldon Johnson and Harlem in the 1920s Chapter 72 "Harlem: The Culture Capital" Part 73 9. Black Workers in the Great Depression Part 74 10. The Scottsboro Trials, 1930s Part 75 11. "You Cannot Kill the Working Class" Chapter 76 "Speech to the Jury, January 17, 1933" Chapter 77 Excerpt from You Cannot Kill the Working Class Part 78 12. Hosea Hudson, Black Communist Activist Part 79 13. "Breaking the Bars to Brotherhood" Part 80 14. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., and the Fight for Black Employment in Harlem Part 81 15. Black Women Workers during the Great Depression Chapter 82 "Women of the Cotton Fields" Chapter 83 "I Am a Domestic" Part 84 16. Southern Negro Youth Conference, 1939 Part 85 17. A. Philip Randolph and the Negro March on Washington Movement, 1941 Part 86 18. Charles Hamiliton Houston and the War Effort among African Americans, 1944 Part 87 19. "An End to the Neglect of the Problems of the Negro Woman!" Part 88 20. "The Negro Artist Looks Ahead" Part 89 21. Thurgood Marshall: The Brown Decision and the Struggle for School Desegregation Part 90 Section 4. We Shall Overcome: The Second Reconstruction, 1954-1975 Part 91 1. Rosa Parks, Jo Ann Robinson, and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, 1955-1956 Chapter 92 Jo Ann Robinson's Letter to Mayor of Montgomery Chapter 93 Interview with Rosa Parks Chapter 94 Excerpts from Jo Ann Robinson's Account of the Boycott Part 95 2. Roy Wilkins and the NAACP Part 96 3. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, 1957 Part 97 4. Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Sit-In Movement, 1960 Part 98 5. Freedom Songs, 1960s Chapter 99 "We Shall Overcome" Chapter 100 "Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me 'Round" Part 101 6. "We Need Group-Centered Leadership" Part 102 7. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Nonviolence Chapter 103 Excerpt from "Nonviolence and Racial Justice," 1957 Chapter 105 "I Have a Dream," 1963 Part 106 8. "The Revolution Is at Hand" Part 107 9. "The Salvation of American Negroes Lies in Socialism" Part 108 10. "The Special Plight and the Role of Black Women" Part 109 11. "SNCC Position Paper: Women in the Movement," 1964 Part 110 12. Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam Part 111 13. Malcolm X and Revolutionary Black Nationalism Chapter 112 "The Ballot or the Bullet" Chapter 113 "Statement of the Organization of Afro-American Unity" Part 114 14. Black Power Chapter 115 "What We Want" Chapter 116 "Position Paper on Black Power" Chapter 118 "'Black Power' and Coalition Politics" Part 119 15. "CORE Endorses Black Power" Part 120 16. "To Atone for Our Sins and Errors in Vietnam" Part 121 17. Huey P. Newton and the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense Part 122 18. "The People Have to Have the Power" Part 123 19. "I Am a Revolutionary Black Woman" Part 124 20. "Our Thing is DRUM" Part 125 21. Attica "The Fury of Those Who Are Oppressed," 1971 Part 126 22. The National Black Political Convention, Gary, Indiana, March 1972 Part 127 23. "There Is No Revolution Without the People" Chapter 128 "The Pan-African Party and the Black Nation" Chapter 129 Poem Part 130 24. "My Sight Is Gone But My Vision Remains" Chapter 131 "On Returning to the Struggle" Chapter 132 "A Letter to My Brothers and Sisters" Part 133 Section 5. The Future in the Present: Contemporary African-American Thought, 1975 to the Present Part 134 1. Black Feminisms: The Combahee River Collective Statement, 1977 Part 134 2. "Women in Prison: How We Are" Part 135 4. "I am Your Sister" Part 135 3. "It's Our Turn" Part 136 5. "Shaping Feminist Theory" Part 136 6. The Movement against Apartheid: Jesse Jackson and Randall Robinson Chapter 137 "Don't Adjust to Apartheid" Chapter 138 "State of the U.S. Anti-Apartheid Movement: An Interview with Randall Robinson" Part 139 7. "Keep Hope Alive" Part 140 8. "Afrocentricity" Part 141 9. The Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas Controversy, 1991 Chapter 142 "African-American Women in Defense of Ourselves" Chapter 143 "Can I Get a Witness?" Part 144 10. "Race Matters" Part 145 11. "Black Anti-Semitism" Part 146 12. "Crime—Causes and Cures" Part 147 13. Louis Farrakham: The Million Man March, 1995 Part 148 14. "A Voice from Death Row" Part 149 15. "Let Justice Roll Down Like Waters" Chapter 150 "Statement by Sing Sing Prisoners" Chapter 151 "The Prison-Industrial Complex: An Investment in Failure" Chapter 152 "River Hudson" Part 153 16. Black Radical Congress, 1998 Chapter 154 "Principles of Unity" Chapter 155 "The Struggle Continues: Setting a Black Liberation Agenda for the 21st Century" Chapter 156 "The Freedom Agenda" Part 157 17. 2000 Presidential Election Chapter 158 "Letter to Governor Bush from Chairperson Mary Frances Berry," 2001 Part 159 18. Hip-Hop Activism Chapter 160 "What We Want" Statement Hip-Hop Action Summit Network, 2001 Chapter 161 "Tookie Protocol for Peace," 2004 Part 162 19. World Conference Against Racism—Durban, South Africa Part 163 20. African Americans Respond to Terrorism and War Chapter 164 "Barbara Lee's Stand," 2001 Chapter 165 10 Points from Iraq Veterans against the War, 2001 Part 166 21. The Cosby vs. Dyson Debate, 2004-2005 Chapter 167 Summary of "Dr. Bill Cosby Speaks at the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education Supreme Court Decision" Chapter 168 Excerpt from "Is Bill Cosby Right?: or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?" Part 169 22. U.S. Senate Resolution Against Lynching, 2005 Part 170 23. Hurricane Katrina Crisis, 2005 Chapter 171 "This is Criminal: Malik Rahim Reports from New Orleans," 2005 Part 172 24. Barak Obama's Presidential Campaign, 2007-2008 Chapter 173 Excerpts from National Democratic Party Convention Speech, 2004 Chapter 174 "A More Perfect Union," 2008 Part 175 Permissions Part 176 Index Part 177 About the Editors

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