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Thinking Through CrisisDepression-Era Black Literature, Theory, and Politics$
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James Edward Ford

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780823286904

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823286904.001.0001

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The New Day

The New Day

Notes on Education and the Dark Proletariat

(p.244) Notebook 5 The New Day
Thinking Through Crisis

James Edward Ford III

Fordham University Press

This fifth notebook seeks to examine the joyous passions of the multitude by displacing self-renunciation with a frenzied ecstasy. This notebook also takes up the concept of “the New Day” from chapter 14, “Founding the Public School,” in Black Reconstruction. Du Bois offers the concept as an affirmative instance in the history of black education that makes this ecstatic communal orientation a condition of possibility for the dark proletariat’s intervention in American education. This notebook does not promise a new model of education but tries to understand ecstasy’s significance to black study and the institutions issuing from that critical practice.

Keywords:   Hannah Arendt, Black Reconstruction, W. E. B. Du Bois, education, Langston Hughes, Jim Crow, New Day, the, poetry

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