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May We Forever Stand: A History of the Black National Anthem (The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture) Hardcover – February 19, 2018
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As a concise look at twentieth-century black activism through the lens of one composition, the book works exceedingly well. . . . Perry's book is a timely reminder of histories forgotten and voices unremembered.--Journal of American History
Perry has masterfully researched and written an accessible and captivating cultural history of a transformative and uplifting song adorned with lyrics that have encouraged black people while mirroring their evolution over the past hundred years.--Journal of African American History
Imani Perry has done a great service to the field of African American history in tracking this often-cited song through hundreds of black organizations, plays, and works of literature during the twentieth century. In the process, she has made clear that, at least during the age of segregation, a black nation was made in part through singing 'Lift Every Voice and Sing.'--Journal of Southern History
Perry provides exegesis and exhortation in explaining how a song captured a culture, and in turn became a cultural captive held fast by emotional ties of a diverse people; hers is a work for adolescents and academics, indeed for any readers interested in at least glimpsing a sense of a pulsing, resilient black consciousness. Highly recommended.--Library Journal, starred review
Through extensive research and eloquent writing, Perry. . . expertly sifts through the layers of black civic, social and cultural history that are inextricably linked to 'Lift Every Voice and Sing.'--San Francisco Chronicle
May We Forever Stand is meticulously researched and innovative in its engagement of aspects of Black culture once seen as too disparate to interrogate in one setting. A signpost for future directions in historical studies of Black life, Perry provides a valuable methodological framework for historicizing the imagination.--Journal of North Carolina Association of Historians
- Item Weight : 1.16 pounds
- Hardcover : 296 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1469638606
- ISBN-13 : 978-1469638607
- Dimensions : 7.89 x 0.97 x 9.34 inches
- Publisher : University of North Carolina Press (February 19, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #649,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One mistake to note: She talks about Congress sending a bill to Ronald Reagan to impose sanctions on Apartheid South Africa, and talks about Reagan vetoing the bill. But she doesn't mention that Congress overrode Reagan's veto.