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Black Intellectual Thought in Modern AmericaA Historical Perspective$
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Brian D. Behnken, Gregory D. Smithers, and Simon Wendt

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496813657

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496813657.001.0001

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Black Conservative Thought in the Post-Civil Rights Era

Black Conservative Thought in the Post-Civil Rights Era

(p.107) Chapter Four Black Conservative Thought in the Post-Civil Rights Era
Black Intellectual Thought in Modern America

Danielle L. Wigins

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter considers the diversity that characterizes the African American intellectual community, focusing on black conservative thinkers' attacks on liberalism and their efforts to offer conservative alternatives. It shows that their critique of the U.S. government's efforts to intervene on behalf of African Americans and to assist black individuals and communities was a peculiar amalgam of black intellectual traditions and the ideology of the New Right that emerged in the 1970s and 1980s. Conservatives of color tapped into a reservoir of black conservative thought that dates back to the nineteenth century but merged it with the anti-civil rights impetus of white conservatives who welcomed their contributions but marginalized them within organizations of the New Right.

Keywords:   African American intellectuals, black conservative thinkers, liberalism, US government, New Right, anti-civil rights, white conservatives

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