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This exciting history of renegade intellectuals and artists of the African diaspora throughout the twentieth century begins with the premise that the catalyst for political engagement has rarely been misery, poverty, or oppression. People are drawn to social movement because of hope: their dreams of a new world radically different from the one they inherited.
Our imagination may be the most revolutionary tool available to us, and yet we have failed to understand its political importance and recognize it as a powerful social force.
From Paul Robeson to Aime Cesaire to Jayne Cortez, Kelley unearths freedom dreams in African and Third World liberation movements, in the hope that Communism offered, in the imaginative mindscapes of Surrealism, in the transformative potential of radical feminism, and in the four-hundred-year-old dream of reparations for slavery and Jim Crow.
With Freedom Dreams, Kelley affirms his place as "a major new voice on the intellectual left" (Frances Fox Piven) and shows us that any serious movement toward freedom must begin in the mind.
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"Although he does not record CDs, Robin Kelley may well be the hippest intellectual in the land. . . . [In] his latest book, Freedom Dreams...Kelley writes unflinchingly of freedom and love, dreams and visions, revolts of the mind. . . . In the blues and Communism, the Panthers and feminism, Kelley revives the diverse spirits of the past in his personal attempt to suggest a better day. . . . In Robin Kelley, this history has found an author to match and capture is complexity and feeling."
'Based on Kelley's belief that to make a better world we must first imagine it, this brilliantly conceived and written book recounts the accomplishments of black activists and thinkers over the past century who have been committed to remaking the world.' --Library Journal
Robin D. G. Kelley, a frequent contributor to The New York Times, is professor of history and Africana studies at New York University and author of Hammer and Hoe, Race Rebels, and Yo Mama's Disfunktional! He lives in New York City.
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Book Description Beacon Press, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110807009768
Book Description Beacon Press, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: New. Brand New!. Seller Inventory # VIB0807009768
Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # S-0807009768