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Nigger: the Strange Career of a Troublesome Word

Nigger: the Strange Career of a Troublesome Word
by Randall Kennedy

Title available in paperback?: Yes
Pages: 208

Description of book: "It’s “the nuclear bomb of racial epithets,” a word that whites have employed to wound and degrade African Americans for three centuries. Paradoxically, among many black people it has become a term of affection and even empowerment. The word, of course, is nigger, and in this candid, lucidly argued book the distinguished legal scholar Randall Kennedy traces its origins, maps its multifarious connotations, and explores the controversies that rage around it."

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Title recommended by Elizabeth Bennion, Faculty, Political Science, IU South Bend

Reviews/Articles/Publisher Information with more about the title:

Random House Academic Resources. "Nigger by Randall Kennedy." URL.

McWhorter, John. "The Uses of Ugliness (Cover Story)." New Statesman. 226.1 (1/14/2002). Direct Link through EbscoHost (login required off-campus).

Last Reviewed: 03/2014