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A Nation Within a Nation: Amiri Baraka (Leroi Jones) and Black Power Politics

Woodard, Komozi

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ISBN 10: 0807847615 / ISBN 13: 9780807847619
Published by Univ of North Carolina Pr, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, U.S.A., 1999
Condition: Fine Soft cover
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First softcover printing. Traces his development from poet to political activist. With some B&W photos and other images in text. Contains notes, bibliography, index. An unread, as-new copy with remainder mark to bottom edge at spine. 329 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 8056

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Title: A Nation Within a Nation: Amiri Baraka (...

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Pr, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Edition: First Edition.

Book Type: Book

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Poet and playwright Amiri Baraka is best known as one of the African American writers who helped ignite the Black Arts Movement. This book examines Baraka's cultural approach to Black Power politics and explores his role in the phenomenal spread of black nationalism in the urban centers of late-twentieth-century America, including his part in the election of black public officials, his leadership in the Modern Black Convention Movement, and his work in housing and community development.
Komozi Woodard traces Baraka's transformation from poet to political activist, as the rise of the Black Arts Movement pulled him from political obscurity in the Beat circles of Greenwich Village, swept him into the center of the Black Power Movement, and ultimately propelled him into the ranks of black national political leadership. Moving outward from Baraka's personal story, Woodard illuminates the dynamics and remarkable rise of black cultural nationalism with an eye toward the movement's broader context, including the impact of black migrations on urban ethos, the importance of increasing population concentrations of African Americans in the cities, and the effect of the 1965 Voting Rights Act on the nature of black political mobilization.

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Sarah Lawrence College professor Komozi Woodard convincingly argues that Amiri Baraka was not only the most original black poet, author, dramatist, and cultural critic to emerge from the 1960s but also that era's most important nexus between the politics and artistic movements. "The serious study of Black Power," he writes, "must begin with an examination of its most important experiments ... specifically, the leadership of Amiri Baraka and the dynamics of black cultural nationalism." Woodard details Baraka's visit to revolutionary Cuba and the influence of Patrice Lumumba on his thinking; the black-arts movement Baraka helped found and the black/Puerto Rican coalitions he forged; his ambitious but flawed housing ventures in Newark, New Jersey; and his heroic efforts to hold together the 1972 National Black Political Convention in Gary, Indiana. Woodard weaves a complex picture detailing the ascendance of a modern cultural icon and the political landscape he helped create. --Eugene Holley Jr.

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