Book Description

Review (this) should be required reading for all introductory courses in American and Afro-American history courses. It should perhaps be the initial book assigned. Wolff provides one of the fullest treatments to date of how writers of American history have failed to portray pre- and post-Civil War blacks as individuals with passion, skills, and a fully developed ironic understanding of their own situation. --Jesse T. Moore, Jr., Professor of History, University of Rochester, and author of The Search for Equality: The National Urban League, 1910-1961 Robert Paul Wolff has worn many hats in his distinguished philosophical career. Now, in this fascinating memoir/manifesto, he recounts what may be his most remarkable transformation yet: from unwittingly Eurocentric white Professor of Philosophy to Professor in an Afro-American Studies Department undergoing a black personal enlightenment about the real racial history of the United States, the extent to which textbooks by established authorities in the field are full of racial mystifications, and -- ineluctably and most intimately--his own white self. --Charles Mills, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, University of Illinois, and author of The Racial Contract Read more About the Author Robert Paul Wolff is Professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and the author of numerous books, including Introductory Philosophy and In Defense of Anarchism. Read more