Katrina’s Legacy

White Racism and Black Reconstruction in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast
Eric Mann

Katrina's Legacy is: A major historical essay on white racism and Black Reconstruction from 1865 to the present, rooted in the work of Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, John Brown, W.E.B. Du Bois, Harry Haywood, Fannie Lou Hamer, Malcolm X, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Black Panther Party, and Amiri Baraka.A strategic intervention on demand development, with sections on: An Environmental Justice Plan for New Orleans, Full Democratic Rights, Land, Reparations, and Self-Determination for Black People in the U.S., Black Women in the Eye of the Storm, Immigrant and Indigenous Rights, Free the Prisoners, U.S. Out of Iraq, Placing the Struggle on the International Stage, and the Right of Return for the 250,000-person Black New Orleans Diaspora.A call for a Third Reconstruction—a hopeful and strategic challenge to the two-party Second Counterrevolution under which we are living today. An antiracist, anti-imperialist alternative to the Age of Reaction.

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Short Reviews for

Katrina's Legacy: White Racism and Black Reconstruction

in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast

by Eric Mann


"Buy this book and study it well. Eric Mann was my first teacher in the black freedom movement; he taught me door-to-door canvassing and basic organizing. And then he introduced me to SNCC. Eric is still teaching and organizing a new generation, and setting the pace as we build up our strength for the Battle of New Orleans."

Komozi Woodard, author of A Nation within a Nation: Amiri Baraka and Black Power Politics

"Excellent. Mann has a distinct talent for drawing political lessons from historical events. Every movement needs a map. Katrina's Legacy takes us to the ravaged Gulf Coast and shows us how to find the road toward a Third Reconstruction. America needs this movement, and Eric helps us find our way."

Vijay Prashad, author of Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting: Afro-Asian Connections and the Myth of Cultural Purity

"From the first days after Katrina struck New Orleans, Eric Mann has been a crucial ally to organizers on the ground. Katrina's Legacy is vital for anyone looking for a deeper understanding of what happened in New Orleans, and what we can do about it."

Jordan Flaherty, New Orleans Organizer; Editor, Left Turn Magazine

"Places the Gulf catastrophe in the historical context of racist capitalist rule in the U.S. at a critical time when the ‘cracks in the ruling class levees' are visible for all to see. Mann provides political leadership and the outlines of a plan for action, and calls us to our battle stations."

Glen Ford, Executive Editor and Co-Publisher, The Black Commentator

"Mann's writing is a door. Our movement, and indeed, the very life of Black New Orleans, depends on our ability to fully comprehend and embrace the counter-hegemonic and long-term movement building demands that Mann describes."

Xochitl Bervera, Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children

"Katrina's Legacy stands with Black Nations 9/11 as the clearest strategic statement within the movement, a must read for anyone working in solidarity with the reconstruction movement in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast."

Kali Akuno, People's Hurricane Relief Fund & Oversight Coalition

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