Post-Soul Nation: The Explosive, Contradictory, Triumphant, and Tragic 1980s As Experienced by African Americans {Previously Known As Blacks And Before That Negroes}

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Organized chronologically, "Post Soul Nation" is a riveting, fast-paced recount of the whole of the African American experience in the 1980s.  With a particular focus on culture and politics, George takes us from the release of the very first rap single in 1979 to Colin Powell's pubic emergence during the invasion of Panama in December 1989.  Along the way, we witness the rise of political figures such as Clarence Thomas, Willie Brown, Harold Washington, W. Wilson Goode, and Marion Barry; the arrest and conviction of child murderer Wayne Williams; the identification and spread of AIDS; the designation of Martin Luther King's birthday as a national holiday; the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics; the trial of Bernard Goetz; the death of Len Bias; the Tawana Brawley affair and the rise of Al Sharpton; George Bush's Willie Horton campaign commercial; and the murder of Yusef Hawkins, among countless other events and individuals whose impact on the African American experience in the 1980s--and in turn, the American culture as a whole--has yet to be fully recognized or recorded.