A blueprint for rebellion: C.L.R. James and the politics of ‘Black Jacobins’

A blueprint for rebellion: C.L.R. James and the politics of ‘Black Jacobins’

Published in 1938, “Black Jacobins: Toussaint L’Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution” became C.L.R. James’ magnum opus, though fans of ...
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'Pressed to the Wall … But Fighting Back': The Black Radical Tradition and the Legacy of the Chicago Race Riots 1919

‘Pressed to the Wall … But Fighting Back’: The Black Radical Tradition and the Legacy of the Chicago Race Riots 1919

Recently, I watched the opening episode of the new HBO series “Watchmen.” Like millions of other viewers, I was pleasantly ...
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From the Terrible Transformation to the Creation of the Negro: A Black Socialist Analysis of the First Century of Slavery in North America

From the Terrible Transformation to the Creation of the Negro: A Black Socialist Analysis of the First Century of Slavery in North America

In Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America, the late popular historian Lerone Bennett refers to the African captives ...
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Slavery, Settler Colonialism, Gender Oppression and Resistance in the Early Colonial Years

Slavery, Settler Colonialism, Gender Oppression and Resistance in the Early Colonial Years

This year marks 400 years since “20 and odd” enslaved Africans on board a Dutch frigate were traded for supplies ...
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