Operationalizing Black Nationalism: An Analysis of Black Nationalist Development in Three Approaches, 1965-1980
Donelle Renita Boose
James E. Turner
Thesis DT 3.5 2011 B667
vi, 113 leaves ; 29 cm.
This thesis is a serious engagement with the theory of Black nationalism in the United States as seen and analyzed through independent Black authored political pamphlets from the time period 1965 to 1980. The use of the pamphlet medium for examination is intentional. It is a mass media device that served to reach large numbers of people for an extended amount of time, required fewer economic and material resources to produce, and allowed for many viewpoints, strategies, theories or even styles of writing to be accommodated. All of these benefits made it a popular medium of the time and one that offers fresh insight on Black nationalism. Thus, this thesis aims to pull meaning from the collective knowledge produced in these texts and point out its continued relevancy and potency. To reach this aim, three major approaches to Black nationalism in this period are analyzed through its pamphlets; they are territorial nationalism, cultural nationalism, and revolutionary nationalism. Engagement with each of these approaches culminates in a final discussion on how a renewed Black nationalist movement can be developed and used to achieve lasting Black self-determination and political power.