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Search for the New Land: History as Subjective Experience
Search for the New Land History as Subjective Experience Author:Julius Lester This book is as bold and contemporary in its mixed-media form as in its theme. The author has called it "a three-part fugue, with variations" - the three parts being: — (1) a history of America from Hiroshima to the present (1969); — (2) autobiography, including excerpts from letters and a journal; — (3) "found poetry" drawn verbatim from newspaper... more » and magazine articles -
and the music it makes is one of anguish and hope.
It is written about and addressed to the younger generation black and white.Thisis how you become what you are, it tells them. This is how America has acted upon you and created you. Everyone is a part of the history of his time. (Revolution would be unnecessary if America were human.) Everyone has been touched by the poison in the American soul and must come to terms with it - even the revolutionaries: To hate white people means, ipso facto, that you love black people. He who hates whites, however, may only be hating the whiteness in himself, thereby not loving black people but black hatred of whiteness. White people deserve to be hated. Of that there is no doubt, but hating whites is not the substance of the struggle.
This brilliant searing book itself becomes part of history, for no one can read it and come away from it unchanged.
Julius Lester was born in St. Louis in 1939 and is a graduate of Fisk University. He is the author of "Look Out, Whitey! Black Power's Gon' Get Your Mama", "To Be a Slave", and "Revolutionary Notes".« less