New Day in Babylon by William L. Van Deburg
The Black Power Movement and American Culture, 1965-1975

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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 larger American culture. With a gift for storytelling and an ear for street talk, William Van Deburg chronicles a decade of deep change, from the armed struggles of the Black Panther party to the cultural nationalism of artists and writers creating a new aesthetic. Van Deburg contends that although its tactical gains were sometimes short-lived, the Black Power movement did succeed in making a revolution—one in culture and consciousness—that has changed the context of race in America.

"New Day in Babylon is an extremely intelligent synthesis, a densely textured evocation of one of American history's most revolutionary transformations in ethnic group consciousness."—Bob Blauner, New York Times

Winner of the Gustavus Myers Center Outstanding Book Award, 1993

About William L. Van Deburg

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Prior to his retirement, William L. Van Deburg was the Evjue-Bascom Professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His previous books include New Day in Babylon: The Black Power Movement and American Culture, 1965-1975 and Black Camelot: African-American Culture Heroes in Their Times, 1960-1980, both published by the University of Chicago Press.
Published November 1, 1992 by University of Chicago Press. 388 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Last year our reviewer, Anton Shammas, called Mr. Ghosh an "uncannily honest writer" of "a remarkable book."

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To Van Deburg, the Black Power movement was not solely a political phenomenon that yielded minuscule gains for African Americans.

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