How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America: Problems in Race, Political Economy, and Society

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by Manning Marable

Haymarket Books

2015, paperback

SKU: 9781608465118


How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America has become a standard text for courses in US politics and history, and has been central to the education of thousands of political activists since the 1980s. This edition is presented with a new foreword by Leith Mullings.


"How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America is one of those paradigm-shifting, life-changing texts that has not lost its currency or relevance—even after three decades. Its provocative treatise on the ravages of late capitalism,state violence, incarceration, and patriarchy on the life chances and struggles of Black working-class men and women shaped an entire generation, directing our energies to the terrain of the prison-industrial complex, antiracist work, labor organizing, alternatives to racial capitalism, and challenging patriarchy—personally and politically.”  -Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination

“Manning Marable never stopped wrestling with this landmark volume, and neither should we. Ranging widely across time, spheres, and data, this work, at once polemical and analytical, continues to offer an account of inequality at the intersection of class, gender, and race that has yet to be matched. Some three decades on, How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America remains a book that provokes, informs, and motivates.” -Ira Katznelson, Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History, Columbia University

“The reissue of Manning Marable’s How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America confirms that this is a classic work of political history and social criticism. Unfortunately, Marable’s blistering insights into racial injustice and economic inequality remain depressingly relevant. But the good news is that Marable’s prescient analysis-and his eloquent and self-critical preface to this new edition-will prove critical in helping us to think through and conquer the oppressive forces that remain.” -Michael Eric Dyson, author of I May Not Get Therewith You: The True Martin Luther King, Jr.

About the Author:

Manning Marable was a professor of public affairs, history, and African-American Studies at Columbia University. He authored fifteen books, including Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize for History.

Leith Mullings is a distinguished professor of anthropology at the Graduate Center CUNY. She is an anthropologist, author, lecturer, and educator. She served as president of the American Anthropological Association from 2011 to 2013. Much of her work focuses on the analysis of inequality and she has been involved in research projects in Africa, the United States, and Latin America. Through the lens of feminist and critical race theory, she has analyzed a variety of topics including kinship, representation, gentrification, health disparities, and social movements. Mullings has a strong commitment to producing scholarship that addresses timely social issues, is undertaken in collaboration with research subjects, and seeks to empower communities through knowledge.