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“To Shake This Nation as Nothing before Has Shaken It” C.L.R. James, Radical Fieldwork, and African American Popular Culture

Kevin Meehan

in Displacements and Transformations in Caribbean Cultures

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032184
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038766 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813032184.003.0005
“To Shake This Nation as Nothing before Has Shaken It” C.L.R. James, Radical Fieldwork, and African American Popular Culture

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This chapter discusses and outlines the path of philosophical and political thought moving from the Caribbean to the United States, Africa, Latin America, and back. It follows the interplay between the intellectual growth of C. L. R. James and his radical fieldwork as he transited through various social spheres. This shows how his analyses of African American social and political circumstances belonged to a discursive, diasporic continuum that linked the history of slavery in the United States to the Caribbean experience of colonialism and the plantation.

Keywords: political thought; C. L. R. James; social spheres; analyses; history; slavery; Caribbean experience; colonialism; plantation; radical fieldwork

Chapter.  9771 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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