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Kelley, Robin D. G.

Works: 129 works in 350 publications in 2 languages and 22,433 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Juvenile works  Interviews  Independent films  Sources  Filmed interviews  Television programs  Documentary television programs  Nonfiction television programs 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Editor, Author of introduction, Commentator, Contributor, Other
Classifications: E185, 973.0496073
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Robin D. G Kelley
To make our world anew : a history of African Americans by Robin D. G Kelley( Book )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 1,598 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"To Make Our World Anew reconstructs U.S. history through the experiences and struggles of black Americans. Written by a team of historians, this volume offers a view of black life, with first-person accounts that invite readers to view the past through the eyes of African Americans."--Jacket
Thelonious Monk : the life and times of an American original by Robin D. G Kelley( Book )

26 editions published between 2008 and 2016 in English and Italian and held by 1,593 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

His angular melodies and dissonant harmonies shook the jazz world to its foundations, ushering in the birth of "bebop" and establishing Monk as one of America's greatest composers. Yet throughout much of his life, his musical contribution took a backseat to tales of his reputed behavior. Writers tended to obsess over Monk's hats or his proclivity to dance on stage. To his fans, he was the ultimate hipster; to his detractors, he was temperamental, eccentric, taciturn, or childlike. Now, historian Robin D.G. Kelley brings to light a startlingly different Thelonious Monk- witty, intelligent, generous, politically engaged, brutally honest, and a devoted father and husband. This is the saga of an artist's struggle to "make it" without compromising his musical vision; a story that, like its subject, reflects the tidal ebbs and flows of American history in the twentieth century.-From publisher description
Race rebels : culture, politics, and the Black working class by Robin D. G Kelley( Book )

13 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Many black strategies of daily resistance have been obscured--until now. Race rebels, argues Kelley, have created strategies of resistance, movements, and entire subcultures. Here, for the first time, everyday race rebels are given the historiographical attention they deserve, from the Jim Crow era to the present
The Black power mixtape 1967-1975 : a documentary in 9 chapters( Visual )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 769 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"During the rise of The Black Power Movement in the '60s and '70s, Swedish television journalists documented the unfolding cultural revolution for their audience back home, having been granted unprecedented access to prominent leaders such as Angela Davis, Stokely Carmichael, and Black Panther Party founders Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale. Now, after more than 30 years in storage, this rarely seen footage spanning nearly a decade of Black Power is finally available. Director Göran Hugo Olsson presents this mixtape, highlighting key figures and events in the movement, as seen in a light completely different from the narrative of the American media at the time. Talib Kweli, Erykah Badu, Abiodun Oyewole, John Forte, and Robin Kelley are among the many important voices providing commentary, adding modern perspective to this essential time capsule of African-American history." -- Container
Yo' mama's disfunktional! : fighting the culture wars in urban America by Robin D. G Kelley( Book )

11 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in English and held by 756 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Noted historian Robin D.G. Kelley is tired of people talking about his mama and folks like her. He's tired of victim-blaming critics and policies that pin most of our social ills on the black urban poor. In Yo' Mama's Disfunktional! Kelley fights back. In this provocative and timely book, he examines how scholars, activists, policy makers, and displaced working people themselves have made sense of the contemporary ghetto. At the same time, Yo' Mama's Disfunktional! gives voice to the very urban populations rendered silent by their attackers. He asks us to see culture and community as more than responses to, or products of, oppression. Ultimately, this is a hopeful book. Kelley reveals how new multiracial social movements emerging today have the potential of transforming the nation
Hammer and hoe : Alabama Communists during the Great Depression by Robin D. G Kelley( Book )

20 editions published between 1990 and 2016 in English and held by 750 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hammer and Hoe documents the efforts of the Alabama Communist Party and its allies to secure racial, economic, and political reforms. Sensitive to the complexities of gender, race, culture, and class without compromising the political narrative, Robin Kelley here illuminates one of the most unique and lest understood radical movements in American History
Freedom dreams : the Black radical imagination by Robin D. G Kelley( Book )

9 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and held by 714 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kelley unearths freedom dreams in this exciting history of renegade intellectuals and artists of the African diaspora in the twentieth century. Focusing on the visions of activists from C.L.R. James to Aime Cesaire and Malcolm X, Kelley writes of the hope that Communism offered, the mindscapes of Surrealism, the transformative potential of radical feminism, and of the four-hundred-year-old dream of reparations for slavery and Jim Crow. From'the preeminent historian of black popular culture' (Cornel West), an inspiring work on the power of imagination to transform society.-- Back cover
Scottsboro, Alabama : a story in linoleum cuts by Lin Shi Khan( Book )

9 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 665 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"[C]onsists of 118 exceptionally powerful linoleum prints [and] provides a unique graphic history of one of the most infamous, racially charged episodes in the annals of the American judicial system, and of the racial and class struggle of the time"--Book cover jacket
Three strikes : miners, musicians, salesgirls, and the fighting spirit of labor's last century by Howard Zinn( Book )

12 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 651 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Howard Zinn recounts the dramatic tale of the great coal mine strike in Colorado that culminated in the Ludlow Massacre. The story pits immigrant workers against the National Guard, Mother Jones against the Rockefellers, and corporate power against union organizing, a story that is all too familiar today." "With Dana Frank we join a sit-in strike in a Detroit Woolworth's during the Great Depression where young women slept on the floor, played games and sang songs together, and enjoyed the attention of an amused and curious public that vilified the "chain-store threat" long before Wal-Mart." "Robin D.G. Kelley's tale of a movie theater musician strike in New York gets at the heart of what defines a worker. Facing the inevitable dominance of sound movies, the musicians failed even to agree on demands, and could not prevent members of other unions from crossing their picket lines. What happens when jobs are lost to new technologies, and how can labor help?"--Jacket
Into the fire : African Americans since 1970 by Robin D. G Kelley( Book )

6 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When something goes from bad to worse, we say it "fell out of the frying pan and into the fire." This timeless phrase succinctly captures what has happened to the majority of African Americans since the 1970s. The civil rights movement of the 1960s brought about remarkable gains for most black people, and by 1970 African Americans were beginning to be key figures in national politics and in corporate boardrooms. The black middle class was decidedly growing, and thus a handful of African Americans escaped the frying pan altogether. But after 1970, millions of jobs were lost as American companies looked to foreign lands for cheaper manufacturing. The number of black poor began to grow dramatically, city services declined, federal spending on cities dried up, affirmative action programs were dismantled, blatant acts of racism began to rise again, and the United States entered a deep economic recession. But this decline is only a part of the story. Since 1970, the black community has resisted oppression, struggled for power, dealt with internal tensions and conflicts, and profoundly shaped American culture. This book explores a range of issues that the African-American community faces in the late 20th century: the rebirth of black nationalism, the emergence of a new black conservative movement, the challenge of black feminism, the impact of Caribbean immigration, and the rise of rap music and hip-hop culture. It looks at the impact on African-American life of such diverse personalities, as Roy Innis, Toni Morrison, Anita Hill, Jimi Hendrix, Louis Farrakhan, Angela Davis, Spike Lee, Barbara Jordan, Shirley Chisholm, and Jesse Jackson, among others. Into the Fire will challenge and be challenged by readers of all ages, and calls on our young people to their power to determine the outcome of chapters yet to be written in the history of African Americans."--Publisher's description
The meaning of freedom by Angela Y Davis( Book )

4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 a thing granted by the state, law, proclamation, or policy, but a participatory social process, rooted in difficult dialogues, that demands new ways of thinking and being. "It is not too much," writes Robin D.G. Kelly in the introduction, "to call her one of the world's leading philosophers of freedom." The Meaning of Freedom articulates a bold vision of the society we need to build and the path to get there. -- Publisher description
Africa speaks, America answers : modern jazz in revolutionary times by Robin D. G Kelley( Book )

12 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, pianist Randy Weston and bassist Ahmed Abdul-Malik celebrated with song the revolutions spreading across Africa. In Ghana and South Africa, drummer Guy Warren and vocalist Sathima Bea Benjamin fused local musical forms with the dizzying innovations of modern jazz. These four were among hundreds of musicians in the 1950s and ’60s who forged connections between jazz and Africa that definitively reshaped both their music and the world.Each artist identified in particular ways with Africa’s struggle for liberation and made music dedicated to, or inspired by, demands for independence and self-determination. That music was the wild, boundary-breaking exultation of modern jazz. The result was an abundance of conversation, collaboration, and tension between African and African American musicians during the era of decolonization. This collective biography demonstrates how modern Africa reshaped jazz, how modern jazz helped form a new African identity, and how musical convergences and crossings altered politics and culture on both continents.In a crucial moment when freedom electrified the African diaspora, these black artists sought one another out to create new modes of expression. Documenting individuals and places, from Lagos to Chicago, from New York to Cape Town, Robin Kelley gives us a meditation on modernity: we see innovation not as an imposition from the West but rather as indigenous, multilingual, and messy, the result of innumerable exchanges across a breadth of cultures
We changed the world : African Americans, 1945-1970 by Vincent Harding( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines African-American life at the close of World War II, describes the struggle for freedom and justice during the 1940s and 1950s, and discusses the explosive years of the 1960s
Imagining home : class, culture, and nationalism in the African diaspora( Book )

5 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This collection of original essays brilliantly interrogates the often ambivalent place of Africa in the imaginations, cultures and politics of its "New World" descendants. Combining literary analysis, history, biography, cultural studies, critical theory and politics, Imagining Home offers a fresh and creative approach to the history of Pan-Africanism and diasporic movements. A critical part of the book's overall project is an examination of the legal, educational and political institutions and structures of domination over Africa and the African diaspora. Class and gender are placed at center stage alongside race in the exploration of how the discourses and practices of Pan-Africanism have been shaped. Other issues raised include the myriad ways in which grassroots religious and cultural movements informed Pan-Africanist political organizations; the role of African, African-American and Caribbean intellectuals in the formation of Pan-African thought--including W.E.B. DuBois, C.L.R. James and Adelaide Casely Hayford; the historical, ideological and institutional connections between African-Americans and South Africans; and the problems and prospects of Pan-Africanism as an emancipatory strategy for black people throughout the Atlantic." -- Publisher's description
Black, brown, & beige : surrealist writings from Africa and the diaspora( Book )

11 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Surrealism as a movement has always resisted the efforts of critics to confine it to any static definition--surrealists themselves have always preferred to speak of it in terms of dynamics, dialectics, goals, and struggles. Accordingly, surrealist groups have always encouraged and exemplified the widest diversity--from its start the movement was emphatically opposed to racism and colonialism, and it embraced thinkers from every race and nation. Yet in the vast critical literature on surrealism, all but a few black poets have been invisible. Academic histories and anthologies typically, but very wrongly, persist in conveying surrealism as an all-white movement, like other "artistic schools" of European origin. In glaring contrast, the many publications of the international surrealist movement have regularly featured texts and reproductions of works by comrades from Martinique, Haiti, Cuba, Puerto Rico, South America, the United States, and other lands. Some of these publications are readily available to researchers; others are not, and a few fall outside academia's narrow definition of surrealism. This collection is the first to document the extensive participation of people of African descent in the international surrealist movement over the past seventy-five years. Editors Franklin Rosemont and Robin D.G. Kelley aim to introduce readers to the black, brown, and beige surrealists of the world--to provide sketches of their overlooked lives and deeds as well as their important place in history, especially the history of surrealism
The young Oxford history of African Americans( Book )

in English and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the history of African Americans from the sixteenth through the twentieth centuries
A history of pan-African revolt by C. L. R James( Book )

5 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Originally published in England in 1938 and expanded in 1969, this work remains the classic account of global Black resistance. This concise, accessible history of revolts by African peoples worldwide explores the wide range of methods used by Africans to resist oppression and the negative effects of imperialism and colonization as viewed in the 20th century. Written from a radical perspective with a substantial new introduction that contextualizes the work in the ferment of the times, A History of Pan-African Revolt is essential to understanding liberation movements in Africa and the diaspora and continues to reveal new insights, lessons, and visions to successive generations
To make our world anew. a history of African Americans to 1880 by Robin D. G Kelley( Book )

11 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The two volumes of Kelley and Lewis's To Make Our World Anew integrate the work of eleven leading historians into the most up-to-date and comprehensive account available of African American history, from the first Africans brought as slaves into the Americas, right up to today's black filmmakers and politicians. This first volume begins with the story of Africa and its origins, then presents an overview of the Atlantic slave trade, and the forced migration and enslavement of between ten and twenty million people. It covers the Haitian Revolution, which ended victoriously in 1804 with the birth
To make our world anew. a history of African Americans since 1880 by Robin D. G Kelley( Book )

9 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The two volumes of Kelley and Lewis's To Make Our World Anew integrate the work of eleven leading historians into the most up-to-date and comprehensive account available of African American history, from the first Africans brought as slaves into the Americas, right up to today's black filmmakers and politicians. This second volume covers the crucial post-Reconstruction years and traces the migration of blacks to the major cities. It describes the remarkable birth of the Harlem Renaissance, the hardships of the Great Depression, and the service of African Americans in World War II. Readers witn
A history of African Americans since 1880 by Earl Lewis( Book )

4 editions published in 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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To make our world anew : a history of African Americans
Alternative Names
Kelley, R. D. 1962-

Kelley, Robin 1962-

Kelley, Robin Davis Gibran 1962-

Robin Kelley American historian and feminist

Robin Kelley Amerikaans historicus

ケリー, ロビン

ケリー, ロビン・D. G.

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Thelonious Monk : the life and times of an American originalRace rebels : culture, politics, and the Black working classYo' mama's disfunktional! : fighting the culture wars in urban AmericaHammer and hoe : Alabama Communists during the Great DepressionFreedom dreams : the Black radical imaginationScottsboro, Alabama : a story in linoleum cutsThree strikes : miners, musicians, salesgirls, and the fighting spirit of labor's last centuryInto the fire : African Americans since 1970