Of Greed and Glory

In Pursuit of Freedom for All

by Deborah G. Plant

On Sale: 01/09/2024

Of Greed and Glory

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Of Greed and Glory

In Pursuit of Freedom for All

by Deborah G. Plant

On Sale: 01/09/2024


About the Book

In this groundbreaking exploration, the editor of the? New York Times? bestseller? Barracoon documents and discusses social, political, and economic “disparities" and “inequities" that undermine African American freedom, citizenship, and sovereignty and that inhibits the advancement of America's evolution as a democratic republic and its principles of freedom, equality, and justice for all.

Of Greed and Glory is a penetrating analysis of the systemic barriers intended to manage or prevent African American success in America. It questions the so-called “disparities" that deny and obstruct African American equality, economic stability, and political advancement. In examining the root causes of black impoverishment and the challenges to black mobility, full citizenship, and sovereignty, Of Greed and Glory posits human greed as a primary causal factor and discusses the politics of State officials and civic leaders who, driven by greed, ambition, and a propensity for excess, consciously choose to exploit “white supremacist" ideology to achieve their aims. It interrogates the fiction of a “racial divide" that is manipulated to maintain what is cast as “structural inequities."

Through analyses of court decisions, legislative acts, administrative policies, and social custom, and the stories of historical and contemporary figures like Denmark Vesey, Fannie Lou Hamer, and George Floyd, Deborah G. Plant identifies and examines specific dynamics of the oppressive systems that serve to re-enslave or colonize African Americans: deracination, dispossession, systemic exclusion, mass incarceration, and the devaluation of black life. Consequent to the undoing of black life, Plant cautions, is the simultaneous undermining of the very fabric of our constitutional democracy.

Critical Praise

“Much like the work of Michelle Alexander and Douglas Blackmon, Plant’s narrative traces connections among slavery, the Jim Crow regime and modern mass incarceration.” Los Angeles Times

“A cogent study of how racialized abuse of justice is a feature—not a bug—of American life. A compelling argument against the systemic abuse of justice as a weapon of oppression.” Kirkus Reviews

“This is an emotional and passionate book, raw in its grief and anger, but also imbued with hope for redemption. Based on objective his­torical fact and subjective experience, Of Greed and Glory has the power of a sermon and the urgency of a manifesto.” — Deborah Mason, BookPage

"As indispensable to understanding the Americas as Edward E. Baptist’s The Half Has Never Been Told. Of Greed and Glory powerfully demonstrates that though we as Black Americans are far from faultless in some of our most egregious behavior on the mean plantations and streets of antebellum and modern America, we nonetheless have had to grow our dignity beneath the pitiless boot of those who looked into the tiny faces of our infants and saw only dollar signs. Powerful and necessary." — Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and National Book Award winning author of The Color Purple and Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart

“If you want to understand the current issues surrounding race, social justice, and inequality, you have to read Deborah Plant’s book, Of Greed and Glory. Deborah understands that the issues surrounding race, unfolding before us now in America, are deeply rooted in the legacy of the African American past. She writes eloquently and beautifully about that past. Of Greed and Glory is a must-read book for socially conscious citizens.” — Clyde W. Ford, Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Award in African American fiction—winning author of Of Blood and Sweat and Think Black

"Deborah G. Plant courageously and painstakingly provides insight into the devastation and trauma experienced generations of African Americans, persons of color, and the poor … This is a must read that challenges us to become active in the movement to abolish slavery, patriarchy, and other forms of oppression that exist in our nation." — Diane D. Turner, author of Feeding the Soul and curator of the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, Temple University Libraries

"Of Greed and Glory is impossible to put down. It’s a searing, provocative analysis of how the roots of slavery in the US still infiltrate so many of our social institutions. Plant’s vivid prose will leave you affected, challenged, and thinking about this book long after you’re done reading." — Adia Wingfield, author of Gray Areas, Flatlining, and No More Invisible Man


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062898494
  • ISBN 10: 0062898493
  • Imprint: Amistad
  • On Sale: 01/09/2024
  • Pages: 288
  • List Price:36.99 CAD
  • BISAC2 : HISTORY / African American
  • BISAC3 : POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom
  • BISAC4 : SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies
  • BISAC5 : SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination & Race Relations
  • BISAC6 : SOCIAL SCIENCE / Penology
  • BISAC7 : SOCIAL SCIENCE / Black Studies (Global)
  • BISAC8 : HISTORY / Social History
  • BISAC9 : SOCIAL SCIENCE / Social Classes
  • BISAC10 : SOCIAL SCIENCE / Race & Ethnic Relations
  • BISAC11 : POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Economy
  • BISAC12 : SOCIAL SCIENCE / Future Studies

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