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In this essay, Aldon Lynn Nielsen examines the lectures given by C. L. R. James on The Black Jacobins to the Institute of the Black World in Atlanta, Georgia, in June 1971, which have been published in Small Axe. These lectures are contextualized and the content of them, which ranged from how James came to write the work, how he would write it again in 1971, and his comparison of the work with Black Reconstruction by W. E. B. Du Bois are explored and examined

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