No Coward Soldiers

No Coward Soldiers

by Waldo E. Martin

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In a vibrant and passionate exploration of the twentieth-century civil rights and black power eras in American history, Martin uses cultural politics as a lens through which to understand the African-American freedom struggle. In the transformative postwar period, the intersection between culture and politics became increasingly central to the African-American fight for equality. In freedom songs, in the exuberance of an Aretha Franklin concert, in Faith Ringgold's exploration of race and sexuality, the personal and social became the political.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674040687
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 06/30/2009
Series: The Nathan I. Huggins Lectures
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 173
File size: 289 KB

About the Author

Waldo E. Martin, Jr. is Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley.

Table of Contents

Contents List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction: “Keep on Pushin’” 1. “I, Too, Sing America” Black Cultural Politics and the National Question 2. “Spirit in the Dark” Black Music and Black Freedom 3. “Be Real Black for Me” Embodying and Representing Blackness Epilogue: Black to the Future Notes Credits Index

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Deborah E. McDowell

Waldo Martin takes up the charge being led by a growing number of scholars who understand the symbiotic connections between the Civil Rights/Black Power movements and black expressive culture in a myriad of forms. Throughout the highs and lows of their freedom struggle, black Americans?-in song and dance, poetry and painting, sermon and sculpture?-constructed mighty cultural armature on the front lines of a social revolution. With rigor and verve, No Coward Soldiers captures the richness and complexity of that historical moment.
Deborah E. McDowell, University of Virginia, author of Leaving Pipe Shop: Memories of Kin

Clayborne Carson

Through concise and cogent observations grounded in wide-ranging interdisciplinary research, Waldo Martin's No Coward Soldiers makes a singular contribution to the literature on African-American life since World War II. Devoting special attention to music and other aspects of popular culture, Martin illuminates many of the central concerns that remain unresolved as Americans continue to debate the meaning of race. This insightful book deserves a wide readership.
Clayborne Carson, editor of The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr. and author of In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s

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