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Product Details

  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (February 19, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679724877
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679724872
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Through a series of 18 essays based on her lectures and writings, Davis, a Marxist and author of Women, Race, and Class (LJ 1/15/82), shows that she has not altered her positions on, or commitment to, issues relating to the poor, the working class, women, or people of color. Her pieces, encompassing such themes as peace, racism, sexism, health care for the black family, and apartheid, explore some of the most pressing issues of the day. And yet, like many who adhere to rigid viewpoints, Davis's politics often oversimplify the problems and result in questionable conclusions. Although she raises valid points, her work may draw readers into discussions of the larger debate on socialism versus capitalism at the expense of the concerns themselves.
- Frada L. Mozenter, Univ. of North Carolina at Charlotte Lib.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"The work of the political activist inevitably involves a certain tension between the requirement that positions be taken on current issues as they arise and the desire that one's contributions will somehow survive the ravages of time. In this sense the most difficult challenge facing the activist is to respond fully to the needs of the moment and to do so in such a way that the light one attempts to shine on the present Will simultaneously illuminate the future."

-- from the Introduction

"Davis is an articulate and powerful analyst of contemporary culture." -- San Francisco Chronicle

"A veteran radical's feisty Views from the barricades...Davis's integrity here will inspire many." -- Kirkus

"Behold the heart and mind of Angela Davis: open, relentless, and on time! She is as radiant, she is as true, as that invincible sunrise she means means means to advance With all of the faith and all of the grace of her entirely devoted life." -- June Jordan

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on November 30, 2010
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Angela Davis (born 1944) is a political activist, educator and author, who was famous/infamous in the 1960s/1970s for her membership in the Communist Party USA, as well as her asociation with the Black Panther Party. She is also a retired professor with the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz and is the former director of the university's Feminist Studies department. She has also written Angela Davis: An Autobiography, Are Prisons Obsolete?, and Women, Race, & Class.

She notes in the "Acknowledgements" section of this book (published in 1989) that "My mother remarked that since I had the habit of devoting so much of my time to the preparation of speeches, I should consider publishing them in book form."

Here are some quotations from the book:

"If the first wave of the women's movement began in the 1840's, and the second wave in the 1960's, then we are approaching the crest of a third wave in the final days of the 1980's." (Ch. 1)
"The process of empowerment cannot be simplistically defined in accordance with our own particular class interests. We must learn to lift as we climb." (Ch. 1)
"Moreover, as has been pointed out in studies on sexual assault---and as indeed was the case during the era of slavery---proportionately more white men rape Black women than Black men rape white women." (Ch. 3)
"Peace is a sisters' issue too." (Ch. 6)
"If we as Black people in the United States want to guarantee that the dream for a better life is realized through our children, we must recognize the importance of setting our sights on a socialist future." (Ch. 7)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 27, 2002
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A brillant collection of essaysfrom the highly intellectual advocateof black liberation. The source ofmaterial for this book was derivedfrom speeches made by Angela. The topcs range from femminism to politics. She takes aim at her detractors namely Ronald Reagen. Theessays dealing with feminism werevery enlightening. She shows how thewhite feminist movement actually dodamage to the overall movement.The plea for a reduction of the military budget is very timely.If you are a fan of Angela you mustadd this book to your collection.
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By Johnny boy on December 19, 2013
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Awesome collections of essays on the meaning of being black and female in the world and America. One of my favorite authors.
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By sinae on December 19, 2013
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First of all this book was a eye opening book that really allowed me to see things in a different perspective.. I could only give it five stars but that rating does not do this book justice.. Reading this book has opened me to continue to educate myself on topics of politics and the involvement of women in politics.. I recommend this book to everyone but especially women interested in not only the role of women in the 1960 to current but to women who are interested in the teachings of Angela Davis.
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