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Reckoning Day ➿ [Download] ➽ Reckoning Day By Jacqueline Foertsch ➵ – Buyprobolan50.co.uk Too often lost in our understanding of the American Cold War crisis with its nuclear brinkmanship and global political chess game is the simultaneous crisis on the nation's racial front Reckoning Day Too often lost in our understanding of the American Cold War crisis with its nuclear brinkmanship and global political chess game is the simultaneous crisis on the nation's racial front Reckoning Day is the first book to examine the relationship of African Americans to the atom bomb in postwar America It tells the wide ranging story of African Americans' response to the atomic threat in the postwar period It examines the anti nuclear writing and activism of major figures such as WEB Du Bois Dr Martin Luther King Jr and Lorraine Hansberry as well as the placement or absence of black characters in white authored doomsday fiction and nonfiction Author Jacueline Foertsch analyzes the work of African American thinkers activists writers journalists filmmakers and musical performers in the atomic decades of to and beyond Her book tells the dynamic story of commitment and interdependence as these major figures spoke with force and elouence for nuclear disarmament just as they argued unstintingly for racial euality on numerous other occasionsFoertsch also examines the location of African American characters in novels science fiction and survivalist nonfiction such as government sponsored forecasts regarding post nuclear survival In these black characters are often displaced or absented entirely in doomsday narratives they are excluded from executive decision making and the stories' often triumphant conclusions; in the nonfiction they are rarely envisioned amongst the typical American survivors charged with rebuilding US society Throughout Reckoning Day issues of placement and positioning provide the conceptual framework abandoned at ground zero America's inner cities during the height of the atomic threat African Americans were figured in white authored survival fiction as compliant servants aiding white victory over atomic adversity while as historical figures they were often perceived as elsewhere indifferent to the atomic threat In fact African Americans' position on the bomb was rarely one of silence or indifference Ranging from appreciation to disdain to vigorous opposition atomic era African Americans developed diverse and meaningful positions on the bomb and made essential contributions to a remarkably American dialogue.


2 thoughts on “Reckoning Day

  1. Dawn Hukai Dawn Hukai says:

    Excellent overview of the intersection between place and race after World War II


  2. Joell Smith-Borne Joell Smith-Borne says:

    I'm completely biased because this is one of my books the first one I shepherded all the way from manuscript to actual book including doing the copy editing but there's a good reason I chose to keep this one for myself rather than sending it out to a freelancer Foertsch writes about a bunch of authors I love Carol Emshwiller Judith Merrill and Samuel R Delany among others Throw in some zombie movies and funky novelty songs and you've got a really interesting entry point for a science fiction geek to think about race and a very complicated historical time


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