The Meaning Of Freedom

Author: Angela Y. Davis
Publisher: City Lights Publishers
ISBN: 9780872865860
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What is the meaning of freedom? Angela Y. Davis' life and work have been dedicated to examining this fundamental question and to ending all forms of oppression that deny people their political, cultural, and sexual freedom. In this collection of twelve searing, previously unpublished speeches, Davis confronts the interconnected issues of power, race, gender, class, incarceration, conservatism, and the ongoing need for social change in the United States. With her characteristic brilliance, historical insight, and penetrating analysis, Davis addresses examples of institutional injustice and explores the radical notion of freedom as a collective striving for real democracy - not something granted or guaranteed through laws, proclamations, or policies, but something that grows from a participatory social process that demands new ways of thinking and being. "The speeches gathered together here are timely and timeless," writes Robin D.G. Kelley in the foreword, "they embody Angela Davis' uniquely radical vision of the society we need to build, and the path to get there." The Meaning of Freedom articulates a bold vision of the society we need to build and the path to get there. This is her only book of speeches. "Davis' arguments for justice are formidable. . . . The power of her historical insights and the sweetness of her dream cannot be denied."—The New York Times "One of America's last truly fearless public intellectuals." —Cynthia McKinney, former US Congresswoman "Angela Davis offers a cartography of engagement in oppositional social movements and unwavering commitment to justice." —Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Women's Studies, Hamilton College "Angela Davis deserves credit, not just for the dignity and courage with which she has lived her life, but also for raising important critiques of a for-profit penitentiary system decades before those arguments gained purchase in the mainstream." —Thomas Chatterton Williams, SFGate "Angela Davis's revolutionary spirit is still strong. Still with us, thank goodness!" —Virginian-Pilot "Long before 'race/gender' became the obligatory injunction it is now, Angela Davis was developing an analytical framework that brought all of these factors into play. For readers who only see Angela Davis as a public icon . . . meet the real Angela Davis: perhaps the leading public intellectual of our era." —Robin D. G. Kelley author of Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original "There was a time in America when to call a person an 'abolitionist' was the ultimate epithet. It evoked scorn in the North and outrage in the South. Yet they were the harbingers of things to come. They were on the right side of history. Prof. Angela Y. Davis stands in that proud, radical tradition." —Mumia Abu-Jamal, author of Jailhouse Lawyers: Prisoners Defending Prisoners v. the U.S.A. "Behold the heart and mind of Angela Davis, open, relentless, and on time!" —June Jordan "Political activist, scholar, and author Angela Davis confronts the interconnected issues of power, race, gender, class, incarceration, conservatism, and the ongoing need for social change in the U.S. in her book, The Meaning of Freedom: And Other Difficult Dialogues." —Travis Smiley Radio Angela Y. Davis is professor emerita at the University of California and author of numerous books. She is a much sought after public speaker and an internationally known advocate for social justice. Robin D.G. Kelley is the author of many books and a professor at the University of Southern California.

The Meaning Of Freedom

Author: Frank McGlynn
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
ISBN: 9780822971542
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In this interdisciplinary study, scholars consider the aftermath of slavery, focusing on Caribbean societies and the southern United States. What was the nature and impact of slave emancipation? Did the change in legal status conceal underlying continuities in American plantation societies? Was there a common postemancipation pattern of economic development? How did emancipation affect the politics and culture of race and class? This comparative study addresses precisely these types of questions as it makes a significant contribution to a new a growing field.

The Meaning Of Freedom

Author: Angela Y. Davis
Publisher: City Lights Publishers
ISBN: 9780872865808
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First and only book of speeches on racism, community, freedom, and politics in the U.S. by international icon Angela Davis.

The Meaning Of Freedom

Author: Angela Y. Davis
Publisher: City Lights Publishers
ISBN: 0872865037
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In her Keynote Address at the National Women's Studies Association's Annual Conference, Angela Davis talks about the fundamendal importance of "producing knowledge that makes a difference in the social world." The Meaning of Freedom presents twelve searing, previously unpublished speeches by renowned African-American feminist Angela Y. Davis that focus on the interconnected themes of power, racism, feminism, class, the legacy of slavery, prisons, multiculturalism, and concludes with a talk given after the election of Barack Obama. With her characteristic historical insight and penetrating analysis, Davis outlines strategies to uproot structural racism, xenophobia, class oppression and gender inequalities, while proposing radical visions of a justice-based society free of racism, sexism and prisons. The Meaning of Freedom contextualizes current political debates around gender, immigration, the war on drugs and globalization. From the streets of Harlem to universities across the country, Angela Y. Davis provokes new ways of thinking about equality, justice and freedom. A powerful call to action for the Obama generation. "Davis' arguments for justice are formidable . . . The power of her historical insights and the sweetness of her dream cannot be denied." -New York Times Book Review "Long before 'race/gender' became the obligatory injunction it is now, Angela Davis was developing an analytical framework that brought all of these factors into play. For readers who only see Angela Davis as a public icon . . . meet the real Angela Davis: perhaps the leading public intellectual of our era." -Robin D. G. Kelley author of Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original "One of America's last truly fearless public intellectuals." -Cynthia McKinney, U.S. Democratic Congresswoman "Angela Davis's revolutionary spirit is still strong. Still with us, thank goodness!" -Virginian-Pilot "There was a time in America when to call a person an 'abolitionist' was the ultimate epithet. It evoked scorn in the North and outrage in the South. Yet they were the harbingers of things to come. They were on the right side of history. Prof. Angela Y. Davis stands in that proud, radical tradition." -Mumia Abu-Jamal, author of Jailhouse Lawyers: Prisoners Defending Prisoners v. the U.S.A. "Behold the heart and mind of Angela Davis, open, relentless, and on time!" -June Jordan "The enormous revolution in Black consciousness which has occurred in your generation, my dear sister, means the beginning or the end of America. Some of us, white and Black, know how great a price has already been paid to bring into existence a new consciousness, a new people in an unprecedented nation. If we know, and do nothing, we are worse than the murderers hired in our name. If we know, then we must fight for your life as though it were our own-which it is-and render impassable with our bodies the corridor to the gas chamber. For, if they take you in the morning, they will be coming for us that night." -James Baldwin "Angela Davis has stood as a courageous voice of conscience on matters of race, class, and gender in America." -David Theo Goldberg, Arizona State University "Angela Davis offers a cartography of engagement in oppositional social movements and unwavering commitment to justice." -Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Women's Studies, Hamilton College

Looking For America

Author: Douglas Simpson
Publisher: WinePress Publishing
ISBN: 9781579218355
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A political strategist and campaign consultant defines from a Scriptural basis as to why there are two opposing viewpoints to every political issue. Looking for America calls us back to the simple faith upon which our nation was founded.