One of America's most influential historians and interpreters of the black experience reinvents racial politics for the twenty-first century. In his boldest and most accessible book to date, Manning Marable lays out a new way to think about the past and the future of race in America. Exploding traditional lines of left and right, Marable stakes out such controversial and seemingly incompatible positions as the re-enfranchisement of felons, state support for faith-based institutions, reparations for slavery that systematically inject capital into the black community, and a reconfiguration of racial identities that accounts for the increasingly multi-racial nature of our society. He exhorts us to construct a new political language and practical public policies to bridge the racial divide--so that we do no less than reinvent the democratic project called America.
"Presents a new way to think about such subjects as re-enfranchisement of felons, state support for faith-based institutions and slavery reparations."
..".penetrates the veneer of democracy and exposes the essential role that race and racism play in America's formation."