The Problem of Race in the Twenty-First Century
By (author) Thomas C. Holt
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Problem of Race in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas C. Holt
Book Description"The problem of the 20th century is the problem of the colour-line", W.E.B. du Bois wrote in 1903, and his words have proven sadly prophetic. As we enter the 21st century, the problem remains - and yet it, and the line that defies it, have shifted in subtle but significant ways. This brief book speaks powerfully to the question of how the circumstances of race and racism have changed in our time - and how these changes will affect our future. Foremost among the book's concerns are the contradictions and incoherence of a system that idealizes black celebrities in politics, popular culture and sports even as it diminishes the average African-American citizen. The world of the assembly line, boxer Jack Johnson's career and "The Birth of a Nation" come under Holt's scrutiny as he relates the malign progress of race and racism to the loss of industrial jobs and the rise of our modern consumer society. Understanding race as ideology, he describes the processes of consumerism and commodification that have transformed, but not necessarily improved, the place of black citizens in our society. As disturbing as it is enlightening, this work reveals the radical nature of change as it relates to race and its cultural phenomena. It offers conceptual tools and a new way to think and talk about racism as social reality.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674008243
(190mm x 127mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 2-Apr-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Thomas C. Holt
Children of Fire, Hardback (March 2012)
Ordinary people do not experience history as it is taught by historians. The same people who lived through the Civil War and the eradication of slavery also dealt with the hardships of Reconstruction, so why do we almost always treat them separately? This title challenges this convention to tell the story of generations of African Americans.
Meadowland, Paperback (March 2005)
The fifth historical novel from the acclaimed author Thomas Holt - an innovative, challenging and wonderfully entertaining writer of historical fiction.
Problem of Freedom, Paperback (November 1991)» View all books by Thomas C. Holt
"Holt greatly extends and deepens our understanding of the emancipation experience when, for just over a century, the people of Jamaica struggled to achieve their own vision of freedom and autonomy against powerful conservative forces." -- David Barry Gaspar.
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Author Biography - Thomas C. Holt
Thomas C. Holt is Professor of History at the University of Chicago and the author of The Problem of Freedom.
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