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978-1-7936-4051-2 • Hardback • July 2022 • $90.00 • (£69.00)
978-1-7936-4052-9 • eBook • July 2022 • $45.00 • (£35.00)
Anthony Sean Neal is Beverly B. and Gordon W. Gulmon Humanities Professor and faculty fellow in the Shackouls Honors College at Mississippi State University.
Ranging across nearly a century of Africana intellectual history, Anthony Sean Neal offers an ambitious and sweeping thematization of diverse approaches to the long struggle for freedom. Neal’s articulation of the ‘Freedom Gaze’ provides a crucial tool not only for understanding that history, but our present struggles and possible futures.— Michael J. Monahan, University of Memphis
In Philosophy and the African American Modern Freedom Struggle, Anthony Neal explains and describes what he calls the “modern era of the African American freedom struggle,” an era that lasted from 1896 to the mid-1970s. Neal takes a representative selection of works by modern Africa American activists, intellectuals, and scholars and discloses an ethnic reflective canon for the modern era of African American struggle. Neal ends the book with a provocative claim: Since the 1970s, Black intellectuals and other Black elites have abandoned the African American freedom struggle for the quixotic promise of integrating into an individualist liberal society. Neal leaves readers with the task of imagining what a viable African Americans freedom struggle would look like in our current age of cultural and socioeconomic fragmentation among Black people.— Dwayne Tunstall, Grand Valley State University