An account of the location of black intellectuals in the modern world following the end of racial slavery. The lives and writings of key African Americans such as Martin Delany, W.E.B. Dubois, Frederick Douglas and Richard Wright are examined in the light of their experiences in Europe and Africa.
Paul Gilroy is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Goldsmiths' College, University of London. He is the author of There Ain't No Black in the Union Jack: The Cultural Politics of Race and Nation.