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Forum I (Winter 2017)

Race Capitalism Justice

Walter Johnson, Harvard historian and author of the acclaimed River of Dark Dreams, urges us to embrace a vision of justice attentive to the history of slavery—not through the lens of human rights, but instead through an honest accounting of how slavery was the foundation of capitalism, a legacy that continues to afflict people of color and the poor. Inspired by Cedric J. Robinson’s work on racial capitalism, as well as Black Lives Matter and its forebears—including the black radical tradition, the Black Panthers, South African anti-apartheid struggles, and organized labor—contributors to this volume offer a critical handbook to racial justice in the age of Trump.

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CONTENTS

 

 
Editors' Note
Deborah Chasman and Joshua Cohen
Introduction
Robin D. G. Kelley
 

 

FORUM

 
To Remake the World: Slavery, Racial Capitalism, and Justice
Walter Johnson
History Matters
Donna Murch
Abolition as Market Regulation
Caitlin Rosenthal
The Gong of History; Or, What Is a Human?
Peter Linebaugh
Theories of Justice
Roberto Gargarella
Racial Capitalism and the Dark Proletariat
Peter James Hudson
Reviving the Black Radical Tradition
Manisha Sinha
Putting Rights in Their Place
Samuel Moyn
What Slavery Tells Us about Marx
Stephanie Smallwood
When Liberalism Defended Slavery
Andrew Zimmerman 
Black Humanity and Black Power
Peniel Joseph 
This, Our Second Nadir
N. D. B. Connolly 
Racial Capitalism and Human Rights
Walter Johnson
 

 

ESSAYS

 
Births of a Nation: Surveying Trumpland with Cedric Robinson
Robin D. G. Kelley
 

 

POETRY

 
Triptych
Dwayne Betts
Lake Michigan, Scene 22
Daniel Borzutzky
From Good Stock / Strange Blood
Dawn Lundy Martin
White Meadows
Chris Nealon

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