06 Jan

Introducing the Black Lives series

Posted By Politybooks

‘With the breadth of a biographer, the depth of a philosopher, and the vision of a poet, Elvira Basevich gives us a compelling elucidation of W. E. B. Du Bois’s radical liberalism. This is essential reading for understanding why Du Bois still matters!’


‘It’s rare to read a book that both recovers a brilliant political thinker who has long been neglected, and is filled with luminous insights about contemporary racial politics, but Utz McKnight has achieved just this. This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time.’


The lessons of black history are more relevant than ever. The Black Lives Matter campaign and the wider contemporary struggle against structural racism face new challenges, but there is a rich history of black resistance, thought and activism to draw upon.

This exciting new series examines the lives of inspirational, important and courageous black historical figures and outlines why their lives, actions and ideas matter today.

The series launches with two exceptional books, on sociologist, philosopher and political thinker W.E.B. Du Bois, whose seminal The Souls of Black Folk is an all-time classic of African-American thought, and pioneering female writer Frances Harper, who was one of the most important advocates of abolitionism, female suffrage and temperance in the 19th century.

No-one interested in the fight for racial justice and against white supremacy can afford to miss this essential new series.

W.E.B. Du Bois by Elvira Basevich

Frances E.W. Harper by Utz McKnight

Take a look at the series page.

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