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What People are Saying

“In his readings and critique of Arendt, Adorno, Horkheimer, Myrdal, Cox, DuBois, Frazier, Negritude, and the Black Arts movement King displays a dazzling range of erudition. No historian so far has drawn together an analysis of these diverse scholars and social movements and shown their interconnectedness and divergences. King gets an A+ in my book for breadth of conceptualization and ability to handle so many intellectual trends cogently."—Clarence E. Walker, Professor of History, University of California, Davis

“A sophisticated description and analysis of traditions of thought during a period when notions of race were under intense reconsideration.”—Jewish Book World

“A deeply researched and valuable account of some of the most troubling questions of the second half of the twentieth century.”—John P. Jackson Jr., Journal of Southern History

“Covers such widespread terrain and does so in such a compelling fashion. If you are looking for an overview of the key thinkers and debates about racism and antisemitism in the aftermath of the Holocaust…the essential starting point is this book.”—Jonathan Judaken, Patterns of Prejudice

Chapter List


Part. I. Analyzing Racism and Anti-Semitism
1. Race, Caste, and Class: Myrdal, Cox, and Du Bois
2. Jean-Paul Sartre and the Creation of the Jew
3. The Europeanization of American Prejudice: Adorno and Horkheimer
4. Hannah Arendt: Race, History, and Humanism

Part II. Modernization and Dominated Cultures
5. African American Culture and the Price of Modernization
6. Culture, Accommodation, and Resistance I: Rethinking Elkins’s Slavery
7. Culture, Accommodation, and Resistance II: The Eichmann Trial and Jewish Tradition

Part III. The Triumph of Cultural Particularism
8. From Roots to Routes: Wright and James
9. Negritude, Colonialism, and Beyond
10. The Cultural Turn: Rediscovering African American Culture in the 1960s


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