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Burning All Illusions: Writings from The Nation on Race (Nation Books) Paperback – May 6, 2002

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W.E.B. Du Bois, Langston Hughes, Sherwood Anderson, Ralph Ellison, Randall Kennedy and Patricia J. Williams are among the writers and thinkers anthologized in Burning All Illusions: Writings from The Nation on Race. Edited by commentator and Smith College African-American studies professor Paula Giddings (In Search of Sisterhood), the book collects pieces published in the magazine from the Reconstruction period through this year, including a nuanced 1923 sketch of four people who straddle the color line, a 1916 letter to the editor in defense of lynching, Hoyt W. Fuller's 1963 report on the "Rise of the Negro Militant," Gerald Early on blacks and sports, and much more.
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From the files of the Nation, which span from the Civil War era to the present, editor Giddings selects commentary and articles on the substance and concerns of race and civil rights matters in the U.S. The Nation, founded by abolitionists, has published such famous and fervent civil rights activists as W. E. B. DuBois, Ralph Ellison, LeRoi Jones, James Baldwin, Derrick Bell, Patricia Williams, John Edgar Wideman, Claude McKay, and Langston Hughes, who are represented here, along with letters from readers, such as that from a white man who justifies a lynching after a race riot in 1916 and from white liberals reflecting on racial matters during the last century and a half. The collection's great time span, encompassing Reconstruction, Jim Crow, and the periods before and after the Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision, and the variety of the writers presented make for great depth and broad perspective on the issues surrounding the gross contradictions of racial inequities and espoused traditional American values. Vernon Ford
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Paula J. Giddings is the Elizabeth A. Woodson 1922 Professor in Afro-American Studies at Smith College and the author of When and Where I Enter and In Search of Sisterhood.