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We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy

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We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy

“We were eight years in power” was the lament of Reconstruction-era black politicians as the American experiment in multiracial democracy ended with the return of white supremacist rule in the South. In this sweeping collection of new and selected essays, Ta-Nehisi Coates explores the tragic echoes of that history in our own time: the unprecedented election of a black president followed by a vicious backlash that fueled the election of the man Coates argues is America’s “first white president.” The book also examines the new voices, ideas and movements for justice that emerged over this period --- and the effects of the persistent, haunting shadow of our nation’s old and unreconciled history.

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy
by Ta-Nehisi Coates

  • Publication Date: October 3, 2017
  • Genres: Essays, Nonfiction, Politics
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: One World
  • ISBN-10: 0399590560
  • ISBN-13: 9780399590566