The Essential Harold Cruse by William Jelani Cobb
A Reader

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 1 Critic Review



In 1967, as the movement for civil rights was turning into a bitter, often violent battle for black power, Harold Cruse’s The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual burst onto the scene. It was a lacerating attack on integration, and set the agenda for black cultural, social, and political autonomy. A classic of African American social thought, the book and its author went on to influence generations of activists, artists, and scholars. Cruse’s intelligence, independence, and breadth of vision virtually defined what it meant to be a black intellectual in modern America. Here is a powerful introduction to Cruse’s wide body of work. This first anthology of Cruse’s writing includes published material such as excerpts from Crisis, as well as unpublished essays, speeches, and correspondence. The Essential Harold Cruse is certain to become standard reading for anyone interested in race in American society.

About William Jelani Cobb

See more books from this Author
William Jelani Cobb, PhD, is an assistant professor of history at Spelman College, as well as a critic, essayist, and fiction writer whose writings on politics, the African Diaspora, and contemporary African American culture have appeared in a number of national outlets. His column "Past Imperfect" appears regularly on AOL Black Voices. He is editor of The Essential Harold Cruse: A Reader, which was a Notable Book of the Year by Black Issues Book Review. His writing has appeared in The Washington Post, Essence, Emerge, The Progressive, The Washington City Paper. One Magazine, and He lives in Atlanta, GA.
Published February 23, 2002 by Palgrave Macmillan. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for The Essential Harold Cruse

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Harold Cruse is best known for 1967's The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual, an influential call for black autonomy, warning against integration as a strategy.

| Read Full Review of The Essential Harold Cruse: A...

Rate this book!

Add Review