The Resource The fire is upon us : James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the debate over race in America, Nicholas Buccola

The fire is upon us : James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the debate over race in America, Nicholas Buccola

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The fire is upon us : James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the debate over race in America
Title
The fire is upon us
Title remainder
James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the debate over race in America
Statement of responsibility
Nicholas Buccola
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Language
eng
Summary
"In February 1965, novelist and 'poet of the Black Freedom Struggle' James Baldwin and political commentator and father of the modern American conservative movement William F. Buckley met in Cambridge Union to face-off in a televised debate. The topic was 'The American Dream is at the expense of the American Negro.' Buccola uses this momentous encounter as a lens through which to deepen our understanding of two of the most important public intellectuals in twentieth century American thought. The book begins by providing intellectual biographies of each debater. As Buckley reflected on the civil rights movement, he did so from the perspective of someone who thought the dominant norms and institutions in the United States were working quite well for most people and that they would eventually work well for African-Americans. From such a perspective, any ideology, personality, or movement that seems to threaten those dominant norms and institutions must be deemed a threat. Baldwin could not bring himself to adopt such a bird's eye point of view. Instead, he focused on the 'inner lives' of those involved on all sides of the struggle. Imagine what it must be like, he told the audience at Cambridge, to have the sense that your country has not 'pledged its allegiance to you?' Buccola weaves the intellectual biographies of these two larger-than-life personalities and their fabled debate with the dramatic history of the civil rights movement that includes a supporting cast of such figures as Robert Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Lorraine Hansberry, and George Wallace. Buccola shows that the subject of their debate continues to have resonance in our own time as the social mobility of blacks remains limited and racial inequality persists"--
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contains biographical information
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Buccola, Nicholas
Dewey number
305.800973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E185.615
LC item number
.B77 2019
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Baldwin, James
  • Buckley, William F.
  • Baldwin, James
  • Buckley, William F.
  • African Americans
  • African Americans
  • Political and social views
  • Race relations
  • United States
  • United States
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The fire is upon us : James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the debate over race in America, Nicholas Buccola
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [459]-476) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
The ghetto and the mansion, 1924- -- Disturbing the peace, 1946- -- Joining the battle, 1955- -- Taking responsibility, 1961- -- In the eye of the storm, 1963- -- "What concerns me most": Baldwin at Cambridge -- "The faith of our fathers": Buckley at Cambridge -- Lighting the fuse -- Epilogue. The fire is upon us
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 482 pages
Isbn
9780691181547
Lccn
2019019031
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1089438547
  • 1851476
Label
The fire is upon us : James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the debate over race in America, Nicholas Buccola
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [459]-476) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The ghetto and the mansion, 1924- -- Disturbing the peace, 1946- -- Joining the battle, 1955- -- Taking responsibility, 1961- -- In the eye of the storm, 1963- -- "What concerns me most": Baldwin at Cambridge -- "The faith of our fathers": Buckley at Cambridge -- Lighting the fuse -- Epilogue. The fire is upon us
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 482 pages
Isbn
9780691181547
Lccn
2019019031
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1089438547
  • 1851476

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