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Why Black Lives Matter: A Socio-Historical Contextualization of the Lives of Blacks In America, 1857-2023

Title: Why Black Lives Matter
Subtitle: A Socio-Historical Contextualization of the Lives of Blacks In America, 1857-2023
Subject Classification: Race, History, Equality Diversity Inclusion
BIC Classification: HB, JPVH1, JFSL
BISAC Classification: SOC070000, HIS056000, SOC001000
Binding: Hardback, ebook, pp.286
Publication date: 13th March 2024
ISBN (Hardback): 978-1-80441-572-6
ISBN (ebook): 978-1-80441-573-3


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The book traces, in three parts, the roots and history of the Black Lives Matter movement, covering the Abolitionist Movement in the 19th Century; the Civil Rights Movement through the 20thCentury, and the Black Lives Matter Movement in the 21stCentury. It traces the stories of African Americans' lives through landmark rulings such as Dred Scott v. Sandford and Plessy v. Ferguson, to social status changes through the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, Black Codes, Jim Crow laws, racial segregation, lynchings, incarceration and police brutality, and through to the more recent, notorious cases of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and George Floyd. It also sets out how this history has given a moral authority to, and legitimized the usage of, the phrase “Black Lives Matter”


Author: Dr. Blanchard Onanga is a former diplomat,  an Assistant Professor at  Omar Bongo University in Gabon; and an Instructor at Rivermont Collegiate, Bettendorf, Iowa, USA.


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