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The most comprehensive account available of the rise and fall of the Black Power Movement and of its dramatic transformation of both African-American and larger American culture. With a gift for storytelling and an ear for street talk, William Van Deburg chronicles a decade of deep change, from the armed struggles of the Black Panther party to the cultural nationalism of a The most comprehensive account available of the rise and fall of the Black Power Movement and of its dramatic transformation of both African-American and larger American culture. With a gift for storytelling and an ear for street talk, William Van Deburg chronicles a decade of deep change, from the armed struggles of the Black Panther party to the cultural nationalism of artists and writers creating a new aesthetic. Van Deburg contends that although its tactical gains were sometimes short-lived, the Black Power movement did succeed in making a revolution—one in culture and consciousness—that has changed the context of race in America. "New Day in Babylon is an extremely intelligent synthesis, a densely textured evocation of one of American history's most revolutionary transformations in ethnic group consciousness."—Bob Blauner, New York Times Winner of the Gustavus Myers Center Outstanding Book Award, 1993


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The most comprehensive account available of the rise and fall of the Black Power Movement and of its dramatic transformation of both African-American and larger American culture. With a gift for storytelling and an ear for street talk, William Van Deburg chronicles a decade of deep change, from the armed struggles of the Black Panther party to the cultural nationalism of a The most comprehensive account available of the rise and fall of the Black Power Movement and of its dramatic transformation of both African-American and larger American culture. With a gift for storytelling and an ear for street talk, William Van Deburg chronicles a decade of deep change, from the armed struggles of the Black Panther party to the cultural nationalism of artists and writers creating a new aesthetic. Van Deburg contends that although its tactical gains were sometimes short-lived, the Black Power movement did succeed in making a revolution—one in culture and consciousness—that has changed the context of race in America. "New Day in Babylon is an extremely intelligent synthesis, a densely textured evocation of one of American history's most revolutionary transformations in ethnic group consciousness."—Bob Blauner, New York Times Winner of the Gustavus Myers Center Outstanding Book Award, 1993

30 review for New Day in Babylon: The Black Power Movement and American Culture, 1965-1975

  1. 4 out of 5

    Stephani

    This book makes a good reference book for the subject and the time period. However, I give it only two stars for two reasons: 1) It's almost exclusively male in its history. It makes slight mentions of women like Nikki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez and Angela Davis, but you'd think that Black Power was just a man thing by this book. It does talk about how Black women's criticism of sexism and "Black macho" in Black Power, but it reads as if the author is blaming the criticism for Black Power's decline, This book makes a good reference book for the subject and the time period. However, I give it only two stars for two reasons: 1) It's almost exclusively male in its history. It makes slight mentions of women like Nikki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez and Angela Davis, but you'd think that Black Power was just a man thing by this book. It does talk about how Black women's criticism of sexism and "Black macho" in Black Power, but it reads as if the author is blaming the criticism for Black Power's decline, not sexism and misogyny in the the movement itself. 2) The book downplays some of the other serious problems with the major Black Power organizations and figures. For example, it mentions in passing that there were shootouts between the Black Panthers and Maulana Karenga's group US, but it doesn't tell that two Panthers were shot and killed by two US members. The book also makes this statement: "[Karenga] had served five times the minimum sentence for assault with intent to do great bodily harm." Karenga had served four years in prison because he and another US member had imprisoned and tortured two women members for supposedly trying to poison him. Unfortunately, when left-wing, radical movements have bad apples or a bad side, we progressive people tend to minimize or deny, just like with the author of this book. Then the right-wingers expose these things and use it to undermine progressive movements and beliefs. It's just like when the feminist movement tried to purge lesbians; nobody wants to own up to that having happened now. What are we afraid of? As Black folks like to say, "tell the truth and shame the devil." The enemies of progressive change ("the devil") will have no ammunition to shoot us down if we own up to everything, good and bad.

  2. 5 out of 5

    AskHistorians

    A good introduction to the black power movement.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    This wonderful book chronicles the Black Power Movement and American culture from 1965-1975 (haha as the title very well indicates). It is very straightforward and gives no excuses. It is well written and though I bought for a text book for a class, I would find myself keep reading beyond what was assigned for the class because it was so interesting. The book touchs on all aspects of the Black Power Movement, and also ties in the subject to American culture on the whole. Very informative and ver This wonderful book chronicles the Black Power Movement and American culture from 1965-1975 (haha as the title very well indicates). It is very straightforward and gives no excuses. It is well written and though I bought for a text book for a class, I would find myself keep reading beyond what was assigned for the class because it was so interesting. The book touchs on all aspects of the Black Power Movement, and also ties in the subject to American culture on the whole. Very informative and very interesting.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tory

    An overview for people who are unfamiliar with the black power movement. My civil rights movement professor recommended it, but now I wonder why since he covered everything in here, and better. The content in this book is very vague to describe the big picture.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    Van DeBurg knows his material. He weaves together the various bits of Black Power rhetoric, belles lettres, newspapers, interviews, etc. to form a lucid, believable narrative. And his notes are pure research gold.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tressa Childs

    loved it

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chad Lamb

    Interesting look at the Black Power movement and why it died out. Not really in my interests, though.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cait

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    Graeme

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    Keri Manning

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    Malik Moore

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    Josh

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    Claire

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    Steph Garrett

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  17. 4 out of 5

    Chris

  18. 5 out of 5

    S.byndom

  19. 4 out of 5

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    Farah

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    Sanne

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    Lisa Maher

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    Xicanopoet Gonzalez

  24. 4 out of 5

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  25. 5 out of 5

    Craig Cunningham

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ole-Martin Ihle

  27. 4 out of 5

    Carl

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    Chris

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    Ferat

  30. 4 out of 5

    Craig Werner

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