Walkin' the Talk: An Anthology of African American Studies / Edition 1

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With a wide selection of literary, political, historical, and critical texts from the eighteenth century to the present, Walkin' The Talk provides a deep and multifaceted view of African American life and culture. Both the familiar and the sometimes neglected authors collected in this anthology create the richest possible context for the study of the experience of Africans in America. An ideal book for courses in African American Literature, History, Ethics of Race, and Black Studies.
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From the experience of slaves brought to 1789 America to considerations of the place of race in contemporary American society, the editors have compiled readings from the African American experience together in a volume designed to serve in an introductory African American studies course. Essays, analysis, literature, primary documents and polemics from a range of intellectuals and other writers help to show the variety of experience of African Americans throughout history. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130420169
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 832
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xiii
Introduction xv
Foreword xxi
Part 1 New World Slavery 1
from The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African (1789) 2
Chapter 1 2
Chapter 9 12
from Thoughts and Sentiments on the Evil of Slavery (1787) 24
On Being Brought from Africa to America (1773) 37
To the University of Cambridge, in New-England (1776) 37
To His Excellency General Washington (1773) 38
Letter to Thomas Jefferson (1791) 40
from Notes on the State of Virginia (1789) 43
Of National Characters (1754) 49
On National Characteristics (1764) 52
Varieties of the Human Species (1797) 54
from The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Revolution, 1770-1823 (1975) 58
from The Black Jacobins (1963) 66
from The Other American Revolution (1980) 75
Part 2 Black Resistance and Abolition 79
The Confessions of Nat Turner (1831) 80
David Walker's Appeal To the Colored Citizens Of The World, but in particular, and very expressly, to those of The United States Of America (1831) 96
Article I96
Article II103
An Address to the Slaves of the United States of America (1843) 115
from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself (1845) 121
Chapter II 121
Chapter VI 124
Chapter VII 126
Chapter X 130
from My Bondage and My Freedom (1855) 151
Chapter III 151
Chapter XVII 156
Address to the Ohio Women's Rights Convention (1851) 164
from The Condition, Elevation, and Destiny of the Colored People of the United States, Politically Considered (1852) 165
Chapter II 165
Chapter VI 172
Chapter VII 173
from Our Nig (1859) 182
Chapter I, "Mag Smith, My Mother" 182
from Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861) 186
Chapter V, "The Trials of Girlhood" 186
Chapter VI, "The Jealous Mistress" 188
Chapter XII, "Fear of Insurrection" 193
from The Negro in the American Rebellion (1866) 197
Chapter VI, "The John Brown Raid" 197
The Anti-Slavery Movement and the Birth of Women's Rights (1981) 200
Slavery Without Submission, Emancipation Without Freedom (1995) 210
Part 3 Reconstruction 219
13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution of the United States 220
from Behind the Scenes: Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House (1868) 222
Chapter IX, "Behind the Scenes" 222
from Black Reconstruction in America, 1860-1880 (1935) 226
Chapter VIII, "Transubstantiation of a Poor White" 226
Part 4 The Jim Crow Era 241
Bury Me in a Free Land (1864) 242
Aunt Chloe's Politics (1872) 243
Songs for the People (1895) 243
Woman's Political Future (1893) 244
from A Voice from the South by a Black Woman of the South (1892) 248
"Has America a Race Problem; If So, How Can It Best Be Solved?" 248
From A Red Record (1895) 258
Chapter I, "The Case Stated" 258
Chapter VI, "History of Some Cases of Rape" 264
The Barbarous Decision of the Supreme Court (1889) 274
from Up From Slavery (1901) 281
Chapter XIV, "The Atlanta Exposition Address" 281
from The Sport of the Gods (1902) 290
Chapter VII, "In New York" 290
from The Souls of Black Folk (1903) 295
Chapter I, "Of Our Spiritual Strivings" 295
Chapter III, "Of Mr. Booker T. Washington and Others" 301
A New Crowd--A New Negro (1919) 311
The Caucasian Storms Harlem (1927) 314
The Future As I See It (1923) 322
Goodbye Christ (1932) 326
The Negro Speaks of Rivers (1921) 327
The Weary Blues (1925) 327
Harlem [1] (1951) 328
Ballad of the Landlord (1940) 329
The Backlash Blues (1967) 330
Bombings in Dixie (1967) 331
If We Must Die (1919) 332
The White House (1922) 332
To the White Fiends (1919) 333
America (1921) 333
White Things (1923) 334
Common Dust (1922) 335
The Proletariat Speaks (1929) 336
Class Room (1929) 338
The Lynching (1928) 339
Bottled (1923) 340
Heritage (1923) 342
El Beso (1923) 343
from The Black Worker (1931) 344
Chapter XVIII, "The 'New' Negro and Post-War Unrest" 344
The Gilded Six-Bits (1933) 356
Insatiate (1936) 365
Lines to a Sophisticate (1936) 366
Part 5 Civil Rights and Black Power 367
from If He Hollers Let Him Go (1945) 368
Chapter II 368
Chapter III 372
from White Man Listen! (1957) 378
Chapter 2, "Tradition and Industrialization" 378
American Negroes and Africa's Rise to Freedom (1958) 395
Letter From Birmingham Jail (1964) 399
Not just an American problem, but a world problem (1965) 412
The Slave (1964) 431
from The Fire Next Time (1963) 456
from No Name in the Street (1972) 467
from The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual (1967) 478
"The Intellectuals and Force and Violence" 478
from Soul on Ice (1968) 504
"On Becoming" 504
"The Black Man's Stake in Vietnam" 512
Riot (1969) 517
I Am a Black Woman (1969) 518
from The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1967) 519
Chapter 12 519
from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1970) 526
Chapter 19 526
from Seize the Time (1970) 529
"The Panther Program" 529
"Why We Are Not Racists" 535
from The Black Aesthetic (1971) 538
"Cultural Strangulation: Black Literature and the White Aesthetic" 538
the lost baby poem (1972) 544
Derrick Morrison
Black Liberation and the Coming American Revolution (1974) 546
and when the revolution came (1975) 562
Part 6 The Post-Industrial, Post-Civil Rights Era 565
Power (1978) 566
from The Declining Significance of Race (1978) 568
Chapter 6, "Protests, Politics, and the Changing Black Class Structure" 568
from Sister Outsider (1984) 583
"Poetry Is Not a Luxury" 583
"The Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House" 585
from homegirls and handgrenades (1984) 589
"Reflections After the June 12th March for Disarmament" 589
"MIA's" 591
from Afrocentricity (1988) 596
Chapter 2, "The Constituents of Power" 596
move (1993) 607
from Beyond Black and White (1995) 609
from Monster (1993) 616
from Keeping Faith (1993) 623
Chapter 5, "The Dilemma of the Black Intellectual" 623
from Dilemmas of Black Politics (1993) 636
"Black Mayoralties and the New Black Politics: From Insurgency to Racial Reconciliation" 636
from Black Noise (1994) 663
Chapter 1, "Voices From the Margins: Rap Music and Contemporary Black Cultural Production" 663
History and Black Consciousness (1995) 678
from Yo Mama's Disfunktional! (1997) 690
"Looking for the 'Real' Nigga: Social Scientists Construct the Ghetto" 690
Race and Criminalization (1997) 708
Demobilization in the New Black Political Regime (1997) 720
African American Intercollegiate Athletes (2001) 743
from Dumping in Dixie (2000) 757
Chapter 1, "Environmentalism and Social Justice" 757
A New Reality Is Better Than a New Movie! (1972) 776
Black People & Jesse Jackson II (1984) 777
Wise 10 (1995) 796
Wise 11 (1995) 797
Wise 12 (1995) 797
Wise 13 (1995) 798
Credits 799
Index 803
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The aim of this anthology is to provide a single affordable textbook that can be used for a variety of courses in African American Studies. It was invented out of necessity. In 1999, we found ourselves team teaching an introductory African American Studies course. In order to provide our students with all of the material that we wanted them to read, we had to order several expensive books and provide a packet of (mostly legal) copies. Despite the availability of an excellent array of single author introductory texts, mammoth literature anthologies, and all sorts of topical collections, we could find no single book that attempted to collect a sweep of primary texts and critical commentary that would allow us to survey the experience of Africans in~America from the eighteenth century to the present. Once the class had ended, and at the suggestion of Carrie Brandon at Prentice Hall, we set out to create the anthology that would allow us to teach our course without having to cobble together bits and pieces from a variety of disciplines and centuries. The result is Walkin' the Talk.

The book is grounded in the idea that African American history, politics, and culture are inseparable. As much as possible, we have tried to blur disciplinary boundaries, making no attempts to categorize our selections. We hope that this allows an instructor, rather than a book, to shape the direction and scope of a course. Our primary goal has been to create a book that can provide a rich context for each of its texts. We do not attempt to present Frederick Douglass as strictly a literary author, Angela Davis as strictly a political thinker, or Langston Hughes as only a poet. Rather, we tryto show how all of the writers in this anthology are contributors to the large and ongoing discussion that is African American discourse. And we hope that the book always encourages both students and instructors to recognize that this discourse doesn't end at the parlor or the classroom door, that the talk is never far from the walk. At the same time, we have tried to include a variety of discourses (such as the series of white supremacist tracts by eighteenth century philosophers) that help to illuminate the world context from which African American experiences emerge.

In selecting the texts for this anthology, we have also set out to correct what we see as a glaring omission in African American Studies. We have tried to represent and highlight the vibrant and rich tradition of African American radicalism. The dominant discourses of liberal integrationism and conservative nationalism are accounted for in most African American Studies textbooks, but African American radical and socialist thought rarely receive more than a brief mention. This attempt to be inclusive and to represent what is in fact a major tradition has led us to collect both texts by authors not usually anthologized, and not usually anthologized texts by always anthologized authors. In Walkin' the Talk readers will encounter the usually neglected voices of Nat Turner, A. Philip Randolph, Angela Davis, and Manning Marable. They will also find texts by W. E. B. Du Bois beyond The Souls of Black Folk, Langston Hughes's radical poetry, portions of Richard Wright's White Man, Listen!, and Amiri Baraka's extremely important but usually neglected work since 1975.

Our claims and goals are large ones, but if we have come even close to meeting them, we think this book will be useful in a variety of contexts. Walkin' the Talk should be ideal for interdisciplinary and introductory African American studies courses. It should also be a useful text for African American literature, history, and politics courses, especially those courses that want to create a larger context for their disciplinary discussions.

A lot of people have contributed to the making of this and deserve more than just the thanks we can offer here. We should begin by thanking the students in American Cultural Studies 204, especially Kim Morrison and Emily Thuma. The Bureau for Faculty Research at Western Washington University delivered timely funds. Christian Lee provided invaluable assistance along the way. The original readers of the proposal, Terry Kershaw, Virginia Tech; Kasey Morrison; University of Missouri-Columbia; Earl Smith, Wake Forest University; and Peter Ukpokodu, University of Kansas, all came through with important advice. We are extremely grateful for the counsel and insight of our friends and colleagues: Doug Park, Carol Guess, Donna Qualley, Adolph Reed, Jr., Bill Smith, Rick Emmerson, Christine Park, Mona Lyne, Hans von Rautenfeld, Jim Giffen, David Giffen, and June Hopkins. John Purdy and Laura Laffrado deserve special mention for their wonderful support. Ed Bereal's artistic insight and general grace have sustained us at key moments. The extremely patient and intelligent editing of Carrie Brandon is evident throughout the book. Tom DeMarco, Patty Donovan, and Karen Berry were both kind and helpful.

All thanks must always go to our families: Allison Giffen, Nicholas Lyne, Rebecca Johnson, Cedric Johnson, and Elizabeth Johnson.

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