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Freedom Dreams (TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY EDITION): The Black Radical Imagination

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The 20th-anniversary edition of Kelley’s influential history of 20th-century Black radicalism, with new reflections on current movements and their impact on the author, and a foreword by poet Aja Monet

First published in 2002, Freedom Dreams is a staple in the study of the Black radical tradition. Unearthing the thrilling history of grassroots movements and renegade intellectuals and artists, Kelley recovers the dreams of the future worlds Black radicals struggled to achieve.

Focusing on the insights of activists, from the Revolutionary Action Movement to the insurgent poetics of Aimé and Suzanne Césaire, Kelley chronicles the quest for a homeland, the hope that communism offered, the politics of surrealism, the transformative potential of Black feminism, and the long dream of reparations for slavery and Jim Crow.

In this edition, Kelley includes a new introduction reflecting on how movements of the past 20 years have expanded his own vision of freedom to include mutual care, disability justice, abolition, and decolonization, and a new epilogue exploring the visionary organizing of today’s freedom dreamers.

This classic history of the power of the Black radical imagination is as timely as when it was first published.

ISBN-13: 9780807007037

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: Beacon Press

Publication Date: 08-23-2022

Pages: 336

Product Dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

Robin D. G. Kelley is Distinguished Professor and Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in U.S. History at UCLA. He is author or co-editor of numerous award-winning books including Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original(The Free Press, 2009); Yo’ Mama’s Disfunktional!: Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America (Beacon Press, 1997); and Race Rebels: Culture, Politics, and the Black Working Class (The Free Press, 1994), among others.

Table of Contents

Foreword Aja Monet ix

Introduction: Freedom Dreams: From Noun to Verb, Fall 2021 xv

Preface xlvii

"When History Sleeps": A Beginning 1

1 Dreams of the New Land 13

2 "The Negro Question": Red Dreams of Black Liberation 36

3 "Roaring from the East": Third World Dreaming 60

4 "A Day of Reckoning": Dreams of Reparations 110

5 "This Battlefield Called Life": Black Feminist Dreams 135

6 Keeping It (Sur)real: Dreams of the Marvelous 157

"When History Wakes": A New Beginning, Fall 2021 195

Sources 227

Acknowledgments 257

Index 263