Transcending geographic and cultural lines, From Toussaint to Tupac is an ambitious collection of essays exploring black internationalism and its implications for a black consciousness. At its core, black internationalism is a struggle against oppression, whether manifested in slavery, colonialism, or racism. The ten essays in this volume offer a comprehensive overview of the global movements that define black internationalism, from its origins in the colonial period to the present.From Toussaint to Tupac focuses on three moments in global black history: the American and Haitian revolutions, the Garvey movement and the Communist International following World War I, and the Black Power movement of the late twentieth century. Contributors demonstrate how black internationalism emerged and influenced events in particular localities, how participants in the various struggles communicated across natural and man-made boundaries, and how the black international aided resistance on the local level, creating a collective consciousness.In sharp contrast to studies that confine Black Power to particular national locales, this volume demonstrates the global reach and resonance of the movement. The volume concludes with a discussion of hip hop, including its cultural and ideological antecedents in Black Power.Contributors:Hakim Adi, Middlesex University, LondonSylvia R. Frey, Tulane UniversityWilliam G. Martin, Binghamton UniversityBrian Meeks, University of the West Indies, Mona, JamaicaMarc D. Perry, University of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignLara Putnam, University of PittsburghVijay Prashad, Trinity CollegeRobyn Spencer, Lehman CollegeRobert T. Vinson, College of William and MaryMichael O. West, Binghamton UniversityFanon Che Wilkins, Doshisha University, Kyoto, JapanThe contributors are Hakim Adi, Sylvia R. Frey, William G. Martin, Brian Meeks, Marc D. Perry, Lara Putnam, Vijay Prashad, Robyn Spencer, Robert T. Vinson, Michael O. West, and Fanon Che Wilkins. >
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About the Author
William G. Martin is professor of sociology at Binghamton University.
Fanon Che Wilkins is associate professor of African American history and culture in the Graduate School of American Studies at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan.
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This comprehensive collection on the Black international from the eighteenth century to today is exciting, wide-ranging, and pioneering. It demonstrates the movement's multiple and complex links and its internal divisions. It will become an indispensable basis of further research and analysis.Immanuel Wallerstein, Yale University
This masterful collection proposes an alternative paradigm for our interpretation of modern 'world history,' reconsidering the histories of South Africa, West Africa, the Caribbean, the United States, and Europe. It is a bold intervention whose intellectual, chronological, cultural, social, and geographical sweep is without rival.Komozi Woodard, author of A Nation within a Nation: Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones) and Black Power Politics