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Democracy's ReconstructionThinking Politically with W.E.B. Du Bois$
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Lawrie Balfour

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195377293

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377293.001.0001

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One. Politics in the Present-Past

One. Politics in the Present-Past

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(p.1) One. Politics in the Present-Past
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Democracy's Reconstruction
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Lawrie Balfour (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377293.003.0001

This chapter begins with a brief discussion of the controversy sparked by the Virginia General Assembly's introduction of a joint resolution on January 10, 2007, atoning for Virginia's part in the enslavement of Africans and calling for racial reconciliation. It then sets out the purpose of the book, which is to come to terms with political theorists' reluctance to treat race and racial injustice as fundamental to the study of modern democratic life. Drawing on the writing of W. E. B. Du Bois, the book examines how his efforts to craft a usable past from unspeakable loss can inspire efforts to conceive alternative, more democratic futures. An overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.

Keywords:   Virginia General Assembly, slavery, African Americans, racial reconciliation, racial injustice, democratic life, W. E. B. Du Bois

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