Books by Wilson
Golden Age of Black Nationalism,
1850-1925 (1988) /
The Wings of Ethiopia
Crummell: A Study of Civilization and Discontent
Destiny & Race: Selected Writings, 1840-1898
Messiahs and Uncle Toms: Social and Literary
Manipulations of a Religious Myth (1993)
Liberian Dreams: Back-to-Africa
Narratives from the 1850s
Afrotopia: The Roots of African American
Creative Conflict in African American Thought (2004)
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Open Letter to President
By Wilson Moses
Dear Mr. President,
Thanks for the occasional emails
sent out to myself and other supporters over your name.
I am a New Deal
Democrat born in Detroit 1942. I say to my friends that
I was a Democrat for forty-five years before I became an
African American, although few people appreciate my
You have correctly
offered specific, detailed, and valid responses to Rep.
Paul Ryan's ill-conceived proposals to privatize
Medicare and other aspects of the social safety net.
You have appropriately, if not forcefully, advocated
necessary tax increases. You appropriately target the
wealthy, but everyone knows that middle-class people
must also share the burden of tax increases. When I say
middle-class, I mean families with incomes over $80,000,
for whom MODESTLY progressive taxes are unfortunately
necessary. I don't think working-class families with
combined incomes under $50,000 should be burdened with
The age for
receiving social security benefits must continue to rise
in accord with increasing life-expectancy, although
health concerns must be taken into consideration. It is
difficult to justify payment of lightly-taxed social
security benefits to persons with incomes over $300,000
and liquifiable assets over $3,000,000.
The government must
invent a more efficient and productive way of putting
social security funds to work, without risking them in
the world of speculation. Social Security funds should
never be subject to inflationary policies of the Fed, or
the threat of a treasury default planned by the enemies
of Social Security.
I encourage you to
take a stronger stand in favor of minimum wages and the
right to collective bargaining.
As a Roosevelt
Democrat, I strongly support military spending, but I
believe there are areas of waste in our military budget.
I am disappointed
with your health care plan. You should have thrown a
"Hail Mary" pass, and not worried about having it batted
down. Your short-pass has been intercepted and may well
be run-back for a touchdown.
Our illegal alien
problem is caused by hypocritical, church-going
Republicans, who brought Mexicans here under horrid
conditions and at wages below the legal minimum, without
social security and other benefits. We cannot, and
should not, pack millions of exploited workers into
boxcars and dump them somewhere in the Mexican Desert.
Many of these Mexican Americans are citizens born here
in the U.S., but lacking official birth certificates,
because they were not delivered in hospitals. We must
develop just means of conferring permanent
residency, and, where appropriate, citizenship.
I hope you will
speak out against the abandonment and disfranchisement
of citizens of Detroit and other Michigan cities. I
believe the tragedy of Detroit is equally shocking as
the tragedy of New Orleans. Much of the spite directed
at Michigan cities is thinly veiled racism.
myself from mindless criticisms of you that have come
from some opportunist black chauvinists and insincere
public intellectuals in the black community.
education must become once again affordable. A
university student should never work more than 12 hours
per week at minimum wage. A working class mother should
be able to afford to pay for her son's or daughter's
university tuition without taking a second job. Two
semester's tuition at a state university should not cost
more than two weeks take-home pay for a bus-driver,
garbage man, cleaning woman, or librarian.
Governments have no
business issuing marriage licenses to anybody,
straight or gay. Religious people have the freedom to
validate their marriages in their churches. Others have
the right to formalize marriage contracts in whatever
way they see fit.
I associate myself
with your friendliest critics, black and white alike. I
appreciate and encourage all expressions of your
fidelity to the best traditions of the Democratic Party,
which, for all its severe historic flaws, is nonetheless
the traditional party of the WORKING CLASS. I also
encourage you to remind the public of forgotten
progressive traditions of the Republican party, which
once abolished slavery, protected consumers, regulated
monopolies, and recognized the legitimate role of big
government in restraining the greed of big business.
Wilson J. Moses
posted 26 April 2011
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The Reagan Doctrine of National Suicide
The Country We Believe In
A Time for
Peace: A Time for War
Obama’s Libyan Choices
Cornel West and the fight against
Cornel West Calls Out Barack Obama
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The New New Deal
The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era
By Michael Grunwald
Time senior correspondent Michael Grunwald tells the secret history of the stimulus bill, the purest distillation of Change We Can Believe In, a microcosm of Obama’s policy successes and political failures. Though it is reviled by the right and rejected by the left, it really is a new New Deal, larger than FDR’s and just as transformative. It prevented an imminent depression, while jump-starting Obama’s long-term agenda. The stimulus is pouring $90 billion into clean energy, reinventing the way America is powered and fueled; it includes unprecedented investments in renewables, efficiency, electric cars, a smarter grid, cleaner coal, and more. It’s carrying health care into the digital era. Its Race to the Top initiative may be the boldest education reform in U.S. history. It produced the biggest middle-class tax cuts in a generation, a broadband initiative reminiscent of rural electrification, and an overhaul of the New Deal’s unemployment insurance system. It’s revamping the way government addresses homelessness, fixes infrastructure, and spends money.
Grunwald reveals how Republicans have obscured these achievements through obstruction and distortion. The stimulus launched a genuine national comeback. It also saved millions of jobs, while creating legacies that could rival the Hoover Dam: the world’s largest wind farm, a new U.S. battery industry, a new high-speed rail network, the world’s highest-speed Internet network. Its main legacy, like the New Deal’s, will be change.
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A Life of Reinvention
in the making-the definitive biography of
the legendary black activist.
Of the great figure in twentieth-century
American history perhaps none is more
complex and controversial than Malcolm X.
Constantly rewriting his own story, he
became a criminal, a minister, a leader, and
an icon, all before being felled by
assassins' bullets at age thirty-nine.
Through his tireless work and countless
speeches he empowered hundreds of thousands
of black Americans to create better lives
and stronger communities while establishing
the template for the self-actualized,
independent African American man. In death
he became a broad symbol of both resistance
and reconciliation for millions around the
new biography of Malcolm is a stunning achievement.
Filled with new information and shocking revelations
that go beyond the Autobiography, Malcolm X unfolds a
sweeping story of race and class in America, from the
rise of Marcus Garvey and the Ku Klux Klan to the
struggles of the civil rights movement in the fifties
Malcolm's troubled youth, it traces a path from his
parents' activism through his own engagement with the
Nation of Islam, charting his astronomical rise in the
world of Black Nationalism and culminating in the
never-before-told true story of his assassination.
Malcolm X will stand as the definitive work on one of
the most singular forces for social change, capturing
with revelatory clarity a man who constantly strove, in
the great American tradition, to remake himself anew.
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So Rich, So Poor: Why It's So Hard to End Poverty in America
By Peter Edelman
If the nation’s gross national income—over $14 trillion—were divided evenly across the entire U.S. population, every household could call itself middle class. Yet the income-level disparity in this country is now wider than at any point since the Great Depression. In 2010 the average salary for CEOs on the S&P 500 was over $1 million—climbing to over $11 million when all forms of compensation are accounted for—while the current median household income for African Americans is just over $32,000. How can some be so rich, while others are so poor? In this provocative book, Peter Edelman, a former top aide to Senator Robert F. Kennedy and a lifelong antipoverty advocate, offers an informed analysis of how this country can be so wealthy yet have a steadily growing number of unemployed and working poor. According to Edelman, we have taken important positive steps without which 25 to 30 million more people would be poor, but poverty fluctuates with the business cycle.
The structure of today’s economy has stultified wage
growth for half of America’s workers—with even worse
results at the bottom and for people of color—while bestowing billions on those at the top. So Rich, So Poor delves into what is happening to the people behind the statistics and takes a particular look at the continuing crisis of young people of color, whose possibility of a productive life too often is lost on their way to adulthood.—
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Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change
By John Lewis
The Civil Rights Movement gave rise to the protest culture we know today, and the experiences of leaders like Congressman Lewis have never been more relevant. Now, more than ever, this nation needs a strong and moral voice to guide an engaged population through visionary change. Congressman John Lewis was a leader in the American Civil Rights Movement. He was chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and played a key role in the struggle to end segregation. Despite more than forty arrests, physical attacks, and serious injuries, John Lewis remained a devoted advocate of the philosophy of nonviolence. He is the author of his autobiography, Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of a Movement, and is the recipient of numerous awards from national and international institutions, including the Lincoln Medal; the John F. Kennedy “Profile in Courage” Lifetime Achievement Award (the only one of its kind ever awarded); the NAACP Spingarn Medal; and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor, among many others.
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The White Masters of the
The World and Africa, 1965
By W. E. B. Du Bois
W. E. B. Du Bois’
Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization
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Ancient African Nations
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