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The End of Empires


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Table of Contents

1. Passage to-and from-India
2.The Color Line
3. Revolution?
4. Not Quite "White"
5. Black America in India
6. Mission to India
7. India and Black America
8. The United States versus India
9. Race War!
10. African Americans Waging War in India
11. Toward Independence and Equality
12. Toward Equality/Beyond Independence
13. The End of Empires

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A trailblazing book that details the close historic ties between Black America and India over the decades

About the Author

Gerald Horne, Moores Professor of History & African-American Studies at the University of Houston, is the author of many books including Black and Brown: African-Americans and the Mexican Revolution, 1910-1920, The Deepest South: The United States, Brazil, and the African Slave Trade, and Cold War in a Hot Zone: The United States Confronts Labor and Independence Struggles in the British West Indies (Temple).


"Timely and important, this is an outstanding contribution to scholarship in ethnic studies, African American history, U.S. history, and postcolonial studies. Gerald Horne excavates many layers of African American cultural and social history, the history of colonialism in India, the slave trade, and contemporary South Asian immigration to the United States. He has created a compelling and original narrative. No one else has come close to telling this story in this way." Bill V. Mullen, Director of American Studies, Purdue University "Readers interested in African-American history, race relations and anticolonialist movements will find Horne's book...an informative and useful exploration of fresh territory." Publishers Weekly "Gerald Horne is a powerhouse...Little seems to escape his pen...Few would have thought to use the archives in New Delhi or in Hong Kong to help illuminate the worlds of African-Americans...Horne provides, particularly in the book under review, a sustained attempt to model how to do the kind of 'encompassed comparisons' (as Charles Tilly put it) between peoples who live both in separate parts of the world and who run into each other in the world...What we have is the objective basis of solidarity, well laid out in the opening chapters, and then the subjective moments of political connections that are not happenstance but part of the dynamic of anti-racist and anti-colonial solidarity in the era from the late 19th century to the 1950s...Horne's super book shows us what was, with the hope that if the objective basis exists this kind of solidarity might be reaffirmed. It is a powerful historical and political vision."-Vijay Prashad, Trinity College, Reviews in History "Horne has done an enormous service in illuminating the anti-imperialism at the heart of black America's struggle. He has also, in the course of this, brought to light a myriad of class, gender, national and caste issues that intersected with this story... Horne has written another powerful 'history from below,' as it were, in which the main agents of liberation are the oppressed themselves. Their stories, and their ideas, are so infrequently told that one can only welcome the fact that such a gifted historian as Horne has chosen to relate them." - Ready Steady Book May 2010 "Gerald Horne's most recent book, The End of Empires: African Americans and India, tells a neglected story of racism, war and international solidarity. Horne outlines the mutually beneficial self-interest between African Americans and Indians in the struggle against racism, and how this self-interest not only spanned the oceans, but blossomed through the course of World War II and paved the way for both the Civil Rights Movement and the Indian Independence Movement... Horne's book unfolds with insight and skill. In The End of Empires the emperor has no clothes, as British colonialism and US Racism are laid bare. I have touched on only a few of the insights that The End of Empires has to offer. Needless to say, Horne's new book is another great work by one of today's most prolific and respected historians." Political Affairs, Feb/Mar 2009 "Horne's book is part of a growing body of literature that reinserts popular struggles into the narrative of world history. Richly documented, engagingly written, and attractively presented, this work helps to erase some of the arbitrary boundaries between subfields and provides a fresh look at the past." Journal of American History, October 2009

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