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Begin again

by Glaude, Eddie S., Jr., 1968-

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"James Baldwin grew disillusioned by the failure of the Civil Rights movement to force America to confront its lies about race. In the era of Trump, what can we learn from his struggle? "Not everything is lost. Responsibility cannot be lost, it can only be abdicated. If one refuses abdication, one begins again." --James Baldwin We live, according to Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., in the after times, when the promise of Black Lives Matter and the attempt to achieve a new America were challenged by the election of Donald Trump, a racist president whose victory represents yet another failure of America to face the lies it tells itself about race. We have been here before: For James Baldwin, the after times came in the wake of the Civil Rights movement, when a similar attempt to compel a national confrontation with the truth was answered with the murders of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. In these years, spanning from the publication of The Fire Next Time in 1963 to that of No Name in the Street in 1972, Baldwin was transformed into a more overtly political writer, a change that came at great professional and personal cost. But from that journey, Baldwin emerged with a sense of renewed purpose about the necessity of pushing forward in the face of disillusionment and despair. In the story of Baldwin's crucible, Glaude suggests, we can find hope and guidance through our own after times, this Trumpian era of shattered promises and white retrenchment. Mixing biography--drawn partially from newly uncovered interviews--with history, memoir, and trenchant analysis of our current moment, Begin Again is Glaude's attempt, following Baldwin, to bear witness to the difficult truth of race in America today. It is at once a searing exploration that lays bare the tangled web of race, trauma, and memory, and a powerful interrogation of what we all must ask of ourselves in order to call forth a new America"--
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "This erudite take frames the election of Donald Trump to replace America's first black president as a "betrayal" analogous to the rise of Richard Nixon's "so-called silent majority" following the collapse of the civil rights movement and looks to James Baldwin's post-1968 writings for lessons in navigating the current political moment. Princeton University professor Glaude (Democracy in Black) explores how Baldwin's focus shifted from "the gaze of white America" to the "well-being and future of black people" in his later work, including No Name in the Street (1972) and the documentary film I Heard It Through the Grapevine (1982), and contends that living in Istanbul gave Baldwin the privacy necessary to "reimagine hope" in the wake of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. Glaude also details Baldwin's complex relationship with the Black Power movement and his "prescient view" of the impact of mass incarceration on African-Americans. Applying these insights to the Black Lives Matter movement, debates over the removal of Confederate monuments, and modern-day identity politics, Glaude at times seems to be trying to fit three books into one. Nevertheless, he makes an effective and impassioned case for those dismayed by Trumpism to remain committed to building "a genuine democratic community where we all can flourish." Progressives and fans of Baldwin's work will savor this perceptive reappraisal. (Apr.)"
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Subjects Baldwin, James, 1924-1987
Trump, Donald, 1946-
Race discrimination United States History
Civil rights movements United States History
Biography & Autobiography
United States Race relations History.
Electronic books.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Crown2020
Edition First edition.
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
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ISBN 9780525575344
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