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Jan 14, 1997
| ISBN 9780679763789
Jul 20, 2011
| ISBN 9780307764942
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Jan 14, 1997 | ISBN 9780679763789
Jul 20, 2011 | ISBN 9780307764942
Almost one-hundred years ago, W.E.B. Du Bois proposed the notion of the "talented tenth," an African American elite that would serve as leaders and models for the larger black community. In this unprecedented collaboration, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Cornel West–two of Du Bois’s most prominent intellectual descendants–reassess that relationship and its implications for the future of black Americans. If the 1990s are the best of times for the heirs of the Talented Tenth, they are unquestionably worse for the growing black underclass. As they examine the origins of this widening gulf and propose solutions for it, Gates and West combine memoir and biography, social analysis and cultural survey into a book that is incisive and compassionate, cautionary and deeply stirring. "Today’s most public African American intellectual voices…West and Gates have made a valuable contribution."–Julian Bond, Philadelphia Inquirer"Brilliant…a social, cultural and political blueprint…that attempts to illumine the future path for blacks and American democracy."–New York Daily News"Henry Louis Gates., Jr., and Cornel West are among the most renowned American intellectuals of our time."–New York Times Book Review
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African… More about Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Cornel West has been Professor of Religion and Director of African American Studies at Princeton University since 1988. Recently he… More about Cornel West
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