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By Richard Seymour

All empires spin self-serving myths, and within the US the main effective of those is that the USA is a strength for democracy worldwide. but there's a culture of yank anti-imperialism that exposes this deceptive mythology. American Insurgents is a shocking, revelatory background of anti-imperialism within the usa because the American Revolution. It charts the hobbies opposed to empire from the Indian Wars and the expansionism of the slave South to the Anti-Imperialist League of Mark Twain and Jane Addams. Seymour crafts a full of life and obvious rationalization of why a few of these pursuits succeeded and others failed. the result's an important viewpoint for these organizing antiwar resistance this present day.

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During these leisure periods (painfully extended, in some cases, through amphetamine) there was real ‘work’ to be done: scooters to be polished, records to be bought, trousers to be pressed, tapered or fetched from the cleaners, hair to be washed and blow-dried (not just any old hair-drier would do, according to a mod interviewed by the Sunday Times in August 1964, it had to be ‘one with a hood’). In the midst of all this frantic activity, the Black Man was a constant, serving symbolically as a dark passage down into an imagined ‘underworld .

They hinted at that darkest of rebellions: a celebration of Negritude. They restored ‘deported Africa’, that ‘drifting continent’ to a privileged place within the black mythology. And the very existence 32 SUBCUTURE: THE MEANING OF STYLE of that mythology was enough to inspire an immense dread in the hearts of some white slave owners. Africa thus came to represent for blacks in the Caribbean forbidden territory, a Lost World, a History abandoned to the contradictory Western myths of childhood innocence and man’s inherent evil.

Certainly this was true of the 50s and early 60s. In general, the first generation West Indian immigrants held too much cultural space in common with their white working-class neighbours to allow any open antagonism to develop. Confirmed Anglophiles, even when ‘at home’ in Jamaica, they shared the same goals, sought the same diversions (a pint of beer, a game of darts, a dance on Saturday night) and, despite the unfamiliar accent, drew upon the same ‘language of fatalism’,16 resigned to their lowly position, confident that their children would enjoy better prospects, better lives.

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