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Black Awakening in Capitalist America

Black Awakening in Capitalist America

Robert L. Allen
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Black Awakening in Capitalist America is a classic study of the Black liberation movement of the 1960s. Examining Black Power and Black capitalism, the student and radical movements, nationalists and integrationists, Allen argues that Black America, hemmed in by racism, constitutes an underdeveloped, domestic colony within the United States.

Black Power was an expression of black nationalism and the thrust toward black self-determination. Allen suggests that corporate America responded with neo-colonial tactics of cooptation and repression that seriously undermined the movement.

Black Awakening in Capitalist America is essential reading to understand the origins and development of the contemporary Black struggle for freedom.

"A definitive work. This book must be read and reread." -The Black Scholar

"Virtually indispensable for an understanding of what is going on today in black communities across the nation." -The Guardian

"Provocative... Allen supports his thesis persuasively." -Publishers Weekly

Robert L. Allen is also author of Reluctant Reformers: Racism and Social Reform Movements in the U.S. and Post Chicago: The Story of the Largest Mass Mutiny Trial in U.S. Naval History. A former editor for The Black Scholar, he is a graduate of Morehouse College and holds a Ph.D. degree in sociology from the University of California.


  • Publisher: Africa World Press
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0865431574
  • ISBN-13: 9780865431577
  • Dimensions: 13.97 x 1.91 x 21.59 cm
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