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In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America

Eddie S. Glaude


This book makes a plea for black America to address its social problems by recourse to experience and with an eye set on the promise and potential of the future, rather than the fixed ideas and categories of the past. Central to its mission is a rehabilitation of philosopher John Dewey, whose ideas, it argues, can be fruitfully applied to a renewal of African American politics. The book suggests that Dewey's pragmatism, when attentive to the darker dimensions of life—or what we often speak of as the blues—can address many of the conceptual problems that plague contemporary African American dis ... More

Keywords: America, social problems, John Dewey, African American politics, political unity, black religious thought, black political leaders, African Americans, Barack Obama, black life

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780226298245
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226298269.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eddie S. Glaude, author