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Describes how 'base communities' small peer groups that share similar views, circumstances, and objectives have helped neighborhoods respond to the failure of both government and the market to create conditions for a decent quality of life for all. The author also argues for the primacy of church leadership within the black community.
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Community self-help movements in Old West Baltimore provide an example of participatory democracy for other neighborhoodsFrom the Inside Flap:
"McDougall has produced a fascinating mix of history, social analysis and slices of life on his way to presenting an approach to urban America that could make all our cities feel whole again."
—Jay Mathews, Urban Affairs correspondent, Newsweek
"Black Baltimore is an illuminating look at the history and contemporary practice of black vernacular politics and community life in the city of Baltimore, generated through a remarkable, dialogical engagement with the major African American leaders of the city. On a larger stage, Black Baltimore is also an important contribution by one of the nation's most promising young African-American political theorists and activists to the development of a democratic politics adequate for our time.... McDougall makes a significant contribution to current debates about the role and meaning of community in American life—the centerpiece idea in Bill Clinton's 'New Democratic Party' and in contemporary progressive politics."
"...provides impressive proof that black people have always believed in the axiom 'nobody can free us but ourselves.' McDougall shows that the black community is continuing to create and implement self-help programs in even the most devastated neighborhoods. Both critics and proponents of black development should take note of this book."
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