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We were eight years in power : an American Tragedy

Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Publisher: New York : Random House Publishing Group, 2017.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Essay : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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'We were eight years in power' was the lament of Reconstruction-era black politicians as the American experiment in multiracial democracy ended with the return of white supremacist rule in the South. In this sweeping collection of new and selected essays, Ta-Nehisi Coates explores the tragic echoes of that history in our own time: the unprecedented election of a black president followed by a vicious backlash that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Essays
Electronic books
New titles added
Named Person: Barack Obama; Barack Obama
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ta-Nehisi Coates
ISBN: 9780399590580 0399590587
OCLC Number: 1005097299
Description: 1 online resource (401 pages).
Contents: First year: this is how we lost to the white man --
Second year: American girl --
Third year: why do so few blacks study the Civil War? --
Fourth year: the legacy of Malcolm X --
Fifth year: fear of a black president --
Sixth year: the case for reparations --
Seventh year: the black family in the age of mass incarceration --
Eighth year: my president was black --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Ta-Nehisi Coates.

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'We were eight years in power' was the lament of Reconstruction-era black politicians as the American experiment in multiracial democracy ended with the return of white supremacist rule in the South. In this sweeping collection of new and selected essays, Ta-Nehisi Coates explores the tragic echoes of that history in our own time: the unprecedented election of a black president followed by a vicious backlash that fueled the election of the man Coates argues is America's 'first white president.' But the story of these present-day eight years is not just about presidential politics. The essays also examine the new voices, ideas, and movements for justice that emerged over this period -- and the effects of the persistent shadow of our nation's old and unreconciled history. Coates relays the events of the Obama era from his intimate and revealing perspective: the point of view of a young writer who begins the journey in an unemployment office in Harlem and ends it in the Oval Office, interviewing a president. Some of the pieces first published in The Atlantic, including 'Fear of a Black President,' 'The Case for Reparations,' and 'The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration.' Eight fresh essays revisit each year of the Obama administration through Coates's own experiences, observations, and intellectual development, capped by an assessment of the election that fully illuminated the tragedy of the Obama era.

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