Black Movements in America
Routledge – 1997 – 192 pages
Cedric Robinson traces the emergence of Black political cultures in the United States from slave resistances in the 16th and 17th centuries to the civil rights movements of the present. Drawing on the historical record, he argues that Blacks have constructed both a culture of resistance and a culture of accommodation based on the radically different experiences of slaves and free Blacks.
"…stimulating…synthesis of African American protest…Robinson's framework forces one to consider black social movements from interesting perspectives." -- Rich Newman, The Historian
"Robinson's writing is crisp and his meaning is always crystal clear." -- Journal of American History
"Robinson…offers a compelling, concise look at the history of black activism in the U.S. Exploring nearly 400 years of this under-examined subject, Robinson reveals little-known, fascinating events in black activism, from pre-Revolutionary War America to the Civil War to the civil-rights movement era…a thoughtful, well-written work." -- Booklist
Cedric J. Robinson is a Professor of Black Studies and Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His published works include Black Marxism (1983) and The Terms of Order (1980).