Race and class in the United States: J. Sakai and the politics of revolution
Date Written: 2016-07-22
Year Published: 2016
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX19830
Doug Greene offers a critique of J. Sakai's 1989 work, Settlers: The Mythology of the White Proletariat.
J. Sakai's 1989 work, Settlers: The Mythology of the White Proletariat is an influential work among many Maoists and Third Worldists, that covers the broad sweep of US history from the 1600s to the 1980s.
However, the book is marred by its cherry-picking of data, poor methodology, multiple claims advanced without foundation, its unclear use of class, and the fact that ultimately it advances politically defeatist conclusions.