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Martin Duberman

The Partisan Review Tackles Black Power

The release of Black Power by Stokley Carmichael and Charles Hamilton provided an intriguing end point to 1967. As I’ve argued elsewhere, that particular year was a watershed in Black intellectual thought. For most Black intellectuals in the United States, the post-1965 era (that is, after the passage of the Voting Rights Act) took on an air of urgency. Figuring out the position of Black Americans within the political, social, and economic framework of the United States was paramount. For Carmichael and Hamilton, the answer was Black Power. Responses to the book reflected a surprise with the book’s political answers, Read more