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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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