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Uncivil wars : the controversy over reparations for slavery
Horowitz, David, 1939-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
San Francisco : Encounter Books, [2002]

Physical Description:
vii, 147 pages ; 24 cm
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E185.8 .H83 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Uncivil Wars shows what happens when the new racial orthodoxy collides with tolerance and free speech and what the implications of this conflict are for American education and culture.

Author Notes

David Horowitz is the president of the Los Angeles-based Center for the Study of Popular Culture

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Professional polemicist and gadfly Horowitz, author of the autobiography Radical Son (1997), which traces his journey from civil rights activism through the Black Panthers and eventually to a pop form of neoconservatism, here follows himself around the country on his "campus tour" in defense of his advertisement giving ten arguments against reparations to black Americans for slavery. Most of the work, "The Controversy," is a self-aggrandizing account of his successful attempts to bait student opponents into shouting matches, providing him the requisite anecdotes to chime in on the tired rant about how contemporary universities are bastions of tenured-radical-America-hating-proto-totalitarians. The final chapter, "Reparations and the American Idea," presents a reasoned analysis of the reparations debate and defense of the US's progress on the race issue, despite Horowitz's inability to understand the historical scholarship of slavery on its own terms rather than as fuel for his polemical fire. Aside from this relatively thoughtful last chapter, the work resembles an undergraduate shouting match and shows how contemporary conservatives delight in accepting the mantle of "victim." P. Harvey University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Table of Contents

Preface: The Fault Linep. 1
I. The Controversyp. 7
1 The Adp. 9
2 The Administrators (Berkeley)p. 17
3 The Students (Wisconsin)p. 42
4 The Professors (Brown)p. 54
5 Traducing Historyp. 70
6 Racism and Free Speechp. 84
II. Reparations and the American Ideap. 103
Acknowledgmentsp. 139
Indexp. 141