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R. Stanley Oden

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The Crisis of U.S. Hegemony and the Black Liberation Movement: Rod Bush, We Are Not What We Seem

Oden argues that Bush provides a theoretical framework that progressive forces can use to reach across race, class, and gender lines to create a counter-hegemonic bloc against the world capitalist order. Bush’s book allows progressive African Americans and other progressives to resist repeating the mistakes of the past, such as not recognizing the antisystemic content of Black nationalism and the radical character and trajectory of that tradition in US history. This impressive social history by Dr. Bush can also serve as an ideological handbook for interpreting the capitalist world-economy and its effect on US social movements.

book review, African Americans — civil rights — History — 20th century; Black nationalism — United States — history — 20th century; African Americans — politics and government; social classes — United States — history — 20th century; United States — race relations

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 27, No. 1 (2000): 204-210