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Malcolm X at Oxford Union By Saladin Ambar (Assistant Professor of Political Science, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Lehigh University)

Summary

Malcolm X at Oxford Union tells one of the great unknown stories from the Civil Rights era, capturing the powerful oratorical gifts of Malcolm X and the changing world of racial politics - all from the vantage point of an old debate hall on the campus of Oxford in 1964.

Malcolm X at Oxford Union Summary

Malcolm X at Oxford Union: Racial Politics in a Global Era by Saladin Ambar (Assistant Professor of Political Science, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Lehigh University)

In 1964 Malcolm X was invited to debate at the Oxford Union Society at Oxford University. The topic of debate that evening was the infamous phrase from Barry Goldwater's 1964 Republican Convention speech:"Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice; moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue." At a time when Malcolm was traveling widely and advocating on behalf of blacks in America and other nations, his thirty minute speech at the Oxford Union stands out as one of the great addresses of the civil rights era. Delivered just months before his assassination, the speech followed a period in which Malcolm had traveled throughout Africa and much of the Muslim world. The journey broadened his political thought to encompass decolonization, the revolutions underway in the developing world, and the relationship between American blacks and non-white populations across the globe-including England. Facing off against debaters in one of world's most elite institutions, he delivered a revolutionary message that tackled a staggering array of issues: the nature of national identity; US foreign policy in the developing world; racial politics at home; the experiences of black immigrants in England; and the nature of power in the contemporary world. It represents a moment when his thought had advanced to its furthest point, shedding the parochial concerns of previous years for an increasingly global and humanist approach to ushering in social change. Set to publish near the fiftieth anniversary of his death, Malcolm X at Oxford Union will reshape our understanding not only of the man himself, but world politics both then and now.

Malcolm X at Oxford Union Reviews

Malcolm Xat teh Oxford Union provides in-depth analyses of the debate through its themes of extremism and moderation, justice and virtue ... The early chapters of Ambar's book, slowed down by lengthy quotations, occasionally lack brio; but Ambar's deft readings of Malcolm's use of humour, rhetorical devices and language begin to drive the narrative. He teases out the nuances of the speech, while highlighting its contemporary relevance. * Douglas Field, The Times Literary Supplement *
It is no mean feat to engage the reader's attentin for 170 pages on a speech that is reproduced in a mere 11, and Ambar is to be congratulated on pulling it off [...] We still find ourselves asking just what, in the months leading up to his (Malcom X) assasination, did he stand for? This book certainly helps us to answer that question. * Hakim Adi, Times Higher Education *

About Saladin Ambar (Assistant Professor of Political Science, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Lehigh University)

Saladin Ambar, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Lehigh University and author of How Governors Built the Modern American Presidency.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1964 ; 1 Introduction: "This is an interesting despatch" ; 2 Extremism: "The revolution is now on the inside of the house" ; 3 Liberty: "Please forward by any means necessary" ; 4 Moderation "It is no part of the moderate to refuse to fight" ; 5 Justice "To take up arms against a sea of troubles" ; 6 Virtue "Authentic Revolutionary"

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9780199975471
0199975477
Malcolm X at Oxford Union: Racial Politics in a Global Era by Saladin Ambar (Assistant Professor of Political Science, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Lehigh University)
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Hardback
Oxford University Press Inc
2014-03-27
240
Short-listed for Hurston/Wright LEGACY Award (Nonfiction) 2015
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