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Year Published: 1965
218 pages
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Preface to first edition:

On the evening of July 18, 1964, a riot was started on the streets of Harlem, in the city of New York. Within a few days rioting broke out in Brooklyn, in Rochester, in Jersey City and Philadelphia, and in still other cities across America. Many thousands of dollars worth of property was damaged and destroyed, and much was looted. A few men were killed.

On the afternoon of August 28, 1963, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. addressed the many thousands who took part in the march on Washington to demand passage of the civil right bills.

On July 12, 1964, Malcolm X, Black Nationalist-Muslim leader, arrived in Cairo to attend a meeting of the council of ministers of the Organization for African Unity. He said, according to the New York Times, that he wanted to acquaint the Africans "with the true plight of America's Negroes and to show them how our situation is as much a violation of the United Nations Human Rights Charter as the situation in South Africa or Angola."

And on August 20, 1964, President Johnson signed the antipoverty bill.

These are scenes from what has come to be called the Negro revolution. What do they mean? What is the relationship between them? What is the Negro revolution actually all about? These are the questions this book will answer. It will take you ona strange journey across many years and many countries–and return with the proof of what is really happening in your own.

This is not a book about segregation–or about integration. It says almosty nothing about the moral issues at work in this very real problem–profound s which require a book of their own. This book restricts itself to one basic question: What is the real purpose of the Negro revolution?

Many Americans think they know–that it has something to do with civil rights. Many others have no idea; they think the answer is very complex.

It isn't.

In fact:

It's very simple.

Alan Stang
New York City

Note From The Author:

The story I have to tell, as I have indicated, has endless parallels in different times. And, as I have also indicated, it is perhaps the most important purpose of this book to demonstrate that these parallels do exist, and why; to name both the symphony in which the "civil rights struggle" is one of the movements–and to name the composer of the music.

For this reason I have used the stylistic device of incorporating much of this material from other times and other places–the proof of these parallels–in italicized passages placed either before or after a specific development here and now in "civil rights."

Several parts of this book are amplifications of material that originally appeared in magazine articles by this author. I appreciate the cooperation of the publisher of those articles in allowing that material to be used here.

This book took a lot of courage to write. It also took a lot of research, as it contains hundreds of footnotes, all of which lead to other books, mainstream newspaper and magazine articles, FBI reports, and official Communist and Socialist publications.

This book is important. It says what no one dared say when it was published, nor since. It lays out, in chronological order, all of the faces involved in the "Civil Rights" movement, all of the organizations they ran, the things they said in their publications, the people they closely and frequently associated with, and the things they did.

All this is interspersed with frequent quotations from Soviets like Vladimir Lenin and Josef Stalin, and Communists from other countries, including America, and their historical actions, making the book's conclusions almost undeniable.

Above all, this book is about one thing: patterns. Patterns show planning and intent, and they lead to the same outcomes.

But this book is also about principles; those principles that made America a place where even the lowest man could possess as much wealth as the kings of old. The principles of the United States Constitution. These principles are discussed by displaying and outlining their opposites: slavery and tyranny.

It is frightening how far we have removed ourselves from those principles. Just how far will become clear as you read the book. Approximately six decades later, we don't realize how the very events described in this book were the cause of federal government involvement in every facet of our lives.
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