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Angela Davis: An Autobiography

Angela Davis: An Autobiography

by Angela Y Davis


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The political activist reflects upon the people and incidents that have influenced her life and commitment to global liberation of the oppressed.

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ISBN-13: 9780717806676
Publisher: International Publishers Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 03/01/1989
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 51,558
Product dimensions: 5.49(w) x 8.26(h) x 0.87(d)

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Angela Davis: An Autobiography 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Angela Davis is without doubt the lastgreat icon of the black liberationmovement. The courage of this woman tostand up to the white establishmentand openly declare Yes Iam a Communist.This declaration almost cost her life. She describes the trials of growingup in one of the most racist citiesin this country Birmingham Alabama. She tells about the events in her lifethat led her to join the communistparty. I am captivated by the convictionsof this remarkable woman.Her fightagainst racism and oppresion is ourfight too. The power of the peoplerose up in her defense and freed thisbeautiful flaming torch in the revolutionary movement.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this is a great book. I also think Angela is a great woman. This book is enlightening in a complete sense.
addict on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this is not pop fiction. You're not going to get neat drawn-out analogies that compares human struggle to a football game or any such nonsense. It's a very intelligent, articulate book that doesn't try to dumb down its message for the uninitiated. But it's also not rocket science. Read it with an open mind and any knowledge you may have of the 60's and 70's and you'll do just fine.What is often misunderstood is that Ms. Davis did not like the idea of a 'personal' autobiography and was very reluctant to do the book in the first place. She didn't see herself as so special or disconnected in any way from the lives of the millions of struggling people that she and her struggle sought to better. So, she wrote a 'political' autobiography. Every facet of her own life that she chose to share with us is tied in some way to that struggle to bring dignity to the masses of human beings exploited throughout the world. What you walk away with after reading this book is how much she really does care the lives of people. It's not just a bunch of abstract ideas, neat theories, or some trivial intellectual excercise. It really is life and death issues. And she fought for the lives of many as if she would fight for her own.I think the most important thing you walk away with, and what she wants you to walk away with, is a clear and powerful demonstration of just how much people can bring about real change when we work together collectively in mass and fight for what we believe is right. Time and time again, victory after victory, against what some would consider insurmountable odds, the will of the people were heard. Not because they elected some noble politician who changed it from within. And not because of the kindness of those in power. But because thousands of everyday people like you and me took to the streets and DEMANDED that obvious wrongs be made right. Anyone who takes for granted the 5-day work week, child labor laws, civil rights, humane working conditions, fair and equal compensation, should not take lightly the efforts of people throughout history like Ms. Angela Davis. We benefit from all those things because people got in the street, fought and died for those things. Check your history.The bottom line is if you are looking for 'light' entertainment reading, you might not find it in this book. But, if you are politicially minded or even curious about the social environment of the 60's, this is a must read. If you care about the plight of black people and opressed people everywhere, get this book. If all you've ever known about revolution, black power struggle, and those damn communists is what you've read about in school or in the papers and you KNOW they're not telling the full story, get this book. Finally, if you know how messed up things are in this country but don't know what to do about it, your life will be changed by this book