In Love and Struggle: The Revolutionary Lives of James and Grace Lee Boggs

In Love and Struggle: The Revolutionary Lives of James and Grace Lee Boggs

by Stephen M. Ward

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James Boggs (1919-1993) and Grace Lee Boggs (1915-2015) were two largely unsung but critically important figures in the black freedom struggle. Born and raised in Alabama, James Boggs came to Detroit during the Great Migration, becoming an automobile worker and a union activist. Grace Lee was a Chinese American scholar who studied Hegel, worked with Caribbean political theorist C. L. R. James, and moved to Detroit to work toward a new American revolution. As husband and wife, the couple was influential in the early stages of what would become the Black Power movement, laying the intellectual foundation for racial and urban struggles during one of the most active social movement periods in recent U.S. history.
Stephen Ward details both the personal and the political dimensions of the Boggses' lives, highlighting the vital contributions these two figures made to black activist thinking. At once a dual biography of two crucial figures and a vivid portrait of Detroit as a center of activism, Ward's book restores the Boggses, and the intellectual strain of black radicalism they shaped, to their rightful place in postwar American history.

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ISBN-13: 9781469617701
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 09/12/2016
Series: Justice, Power, and Politics
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 1,090,113
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Stephen M. Ward is associate professor of Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan.

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Grace Lee and James Boggs shared a passionate commitment to global social justice movements alongside a deep solidarity with the Detroit black working class. Stephen Ward brilliantly captures the arc of their lives from Marxist theorizing to making the Black Revolution to building vital social movements at the grassroots. Ward has written the definitive biography of this extraordinary partnership.—Martha Biondi, author of The Black Revolution on Campus and To Stand and Fight: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Postwar New York City

Stephen Ward's highly anticipated biography of James and Grace Lee Boggs lives up to its promise, and then some. Set largely in Detroit, the center of black working-class insurgency, In Love and Struggle tells the compelling story of what happens when two of America's most original thinkers dedicate their lives to acting in the world. Jimmy and Grace insisted on the urgency of philosophy, on constantly questioning, and on staying grounded in community. With absolute clarity and care, Ward traces the couple's evolution toward revolution, engages the prodigious body of work they left behind, constructs a new history of U.S. radical movements, and opens a window onto an unfinished future.—Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination

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