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Van Deburg, William L.

Works: 10 works in 76 publications in 1 language and 7,884 library holdings
Genres: History  Sources  Controversial literature 
Roles: Author, Other
Classifications: E185.86, 973.0496073
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Most widely held works about William L Van Deburg
Most widely held works by William L Van Deburg
New day in Babylon : the Black power movement and American culture, 1965-1975 by William L Van Deburg( Book )

9 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 1,359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With a gift for storytelling and an ear for street talk, William Van Deburg has written the most comprehensive account available of the rise and fall of the Black Power movement - and of its dramatic transformation of both African-American and the larger American culture. New Day in Babylon chronicles a decade of deep change, from the armed struggles of the Black Panther Party and the separatism of the Nation of Islam to the cultural nationalism of artists and writers
Slavery & race in American popular culture by William L Van Deburg( Book )

8 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 889 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The slave drivers : Black agricultural labor supervisors in the antebellum South by William L Van Deburg( Book )

16 editions published between 1979 and 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 863 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Modern Black nationalism : from Marcus Garvey to Louis Farrakhan( Book )

8 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 849 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Modern Black Nationalism, William L. Van Deburg has collected the most influential speeches, pamphlets, and articles that trace the development of black nationalism in the twentieth century. This documentary anthology seeks to chart a course between hazardous pedagogical alternatives--neither ignoring nor overstating the case for any one of the various manifestations of black nationalism. Modern Black Nationalism begins with Marcus Garvey, the acknowledged father of the twentieth-century movement, and showcases the work of more than forty prominent thinkers including Louis Farrakhan, Elijah Muhammad, Maulana Karenga, the founder of Kwanzaa, Amiri Baraka, and Molefi Asante. Rare pamphlets distributed by organizations such as the Black Panther Party, articles from underground magazines, and memos from governmental officials offer a fresh look at the roots and the manifestations of this movement. Van Deburg contextualizes each of the essays, providing the reader with historical background
Black Camelot : African-American culture heroes in their times, 1960-1980 by William L Van Deburg( Book )

20 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 836 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

By the 1970s, whenever the average American watched a soul singer perform, took in a black cast film, or urged their favorite professional sports team on to victory, he or she was compelled to admire and identify with heroes who happened to be Afro-Americans. In all, this African-American heroic epitomized a grand and empowering vision - a multiracial society in which an individual's intrinsic human worth could be universally recognized and respected together with his or her unique ethnic identity
Hoodlums : Black villains and social bandits in American life by William L Van Deburg( Book )

7 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and held by 735 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher description: Martin Luther King Jr. Malcolm X. Muhammad Ali. When you think of African American history, you think of its heroes--individuals endowed with courage and strength who are celebrated for their bold exploits and nobility of purpose. But what of black villains? Villains, just as much as heroes, have helped define the black experience. Ranging from black slaveholders and frontier outlaws to serial killers and gangsta rappers, Hoodlums examines the pivotal role of black villains in American society and popular culture. Here, William L. Van Deburg offers the most extensive treatment to date of the black badman and the challenges that this figure has posed for race relations in America. He first explores the evolution of this problematic racial stereotype in the literature of the early Republic--documents in which the enslavement of African Americans was justified through exegetical claims. Van Deburg then probes antebellum slave laws, minstrel shows, and the works of proslavery polemicists to consider how whites conceptualized blacks as members of an inferior and dangerous race. Turning to key works by blacks themselves, from the writings of Frederick Douglass and W.E.B. Du Bois to classic blaxploitation films like Black Caesar and The Mack, Van Deburg demonstrates how African Americans have combated such negative stereotypes and reconceptualized the idea of the badman through stories of social bandits--controversial individuals vilified by whites for their proclivity toward evil, but revered in the black community as necessarily insurgent and revolutionary. Ultimately, Van Deburg brings his story up-to-date with discussions of prison and hip-hop culture, urban rioting, gang warfare, and black-on-black crime. What results is a work of remarkable virtuosity--a nuanced history that calls for both whites and blacks to rethink received wisdom on the nature and prevalence of black villainy
Rejected of men : the changing religious views of William Lloyd Garrison and Frederick Douglass by William L Van Deburg( )

5 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Black Camelot by William L Van Deburg( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

African American nationalism by William L Van Deburg( )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author discusses the history of black nationalism. While many African Americans have historically embraced a composite nationality that violated neither their broadly American nor their distinctly ethnic identity, others took a more separatist stance, the author explains, that posited a destiny for African Americans that diverged from that of the mainstream. Equating "racial" with "national" identities and goals, proponents of black nationalism maintain that efforts to operate within a system deemed racist and unresponsive to group needs are doomed to failure. Van Deburg outlines the history of black nationalism from the development of nationalist ideologies during slavery in the 19th century through the the organizational efforts of Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA). Contemporary expressions of African American nationalism are vitally influenced by the recognition that black Americans are the creators of a distinctive group culture, the author argues, noting that by the mid-1960s, no single figure more ably encapsulated these revised understandings than Malcolm Little or Malcolm X. The rise of the Black Power movement and an emphasis on political and cultural revolution from the 1970s on is discussed. Influenced by the writings of Marxist and postcolonialist thinkers, groups such as the Black Panther Party, the Revolutionary Action Movement, and the Black Liberation Army believed that the fundamental problem facing black and other "third world" countries was American-led, capitalist control of international economic affairs, the author explains. Following the essay, a bibliography of recommended reading, a chronology of events from 1791 to 1980, and a glossary are presented
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New day in Babylon : the Black power movement and American culture, 1965-1975
Alternative Names
Deburg William L. van

Deburg, William L. van 1948-

William L. Van Deburg American historian

English (74)

Slavery & race in American popular cultureModern Black nationalism : from Marcus Garvey to Louis FarrakhanBlack Camelot : African-American culture heroes in their times, 1960-1980Hoodlums : Black villains and social bandits in American life