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C.L.R. James: A Life

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Born in Trinidad in 1901, the descendant of black slaves, James ultimately became one of the West's foremost intellectuals of the twentieth century. Because he showed intellectual promise at an early age, James was afforded the best educational opportunities, including Queens Royal College, where he later taught.

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Born in Trinidad in 1901, the descendant of black slaves, James ultimately became one of the West's foremost intellectuals of the twentieth century. Because he showed intellectual promise at an early age, James was afforded the best educational opportunities, including Queens Royal College, where he later taught. Given his racial and colonial background, he brought a new perspective to the Western classics, which he embraced along with a bourgeoisie lifestyle, while maintaining a lifelong identification with oppressed peoples. His politics, including involvement in solidarity with the Russian Revolution, led to banishment from the U.S and a cosmopolitan life between London and Trinidad. He was an early critic of the Soviet Union as a totalitarian state masquerading as a Marxist state. James gained international stature as historian, Marxist analyst, political activist, and cultural critic, and is best remembered in the U.S. for his iconic status as an advocate for Pan-Africanism. Dhondy's relationship with James, a friend and fellow colonial, brings insight into the life and works of this extraordinary man. Vernon Ford Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

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Author Farruhk Dhondy
Publisher Pantheon; First Edition edition (February 5, 2002)
Format Hardcover
Pages 240
ISBN-10 0375421009
ISBN-13 978-0375421006

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