Academic Anna Hartnell produces this insightful and perceptive study that answers why President Obama's election failed to reconcile the fundamental fissures in American society. The author uses the Exodus as a powerful narrative of liberation, and centers it to the African-American struggle against US discrimination.
The Exodus story is communicated as a fitting allegory for the Black experience and sheds light on crucial events like the Civil Rights Movement, Hurricane Katrina and Obama's election. Along the way also nalysing and evaluating the great African-American thinkers from Du Bois to Malcolm X. Building around all of this Hartnell traces the intellectual development of the Black America, thinking on social justice terms.
By placing Black America at the centre of a study on US political culture, this book suggests new ways in which to rethink America's relationship with race as well as the wider world.