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Black Atlantic politics dilemmas of political empowerment in Boston and Liverpool by William E. Nelson

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Published by State University of New York Press in Albany .
Written in English

Subjects:

Places:

  • Boston (Mass.),
  • Liverpool (England),
  • Massachusetts,
  • Boston,
  • England,
  • Liverpool

Subjects:

  • African Americans -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Politics and government,
  • Blacks -- England -- Liverpool -- Politics and government,
  • Boston (Mass.) -- Politics and government,
  • Liverpool (England) -- Politics and government

Book details:

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 305-332) and index.

StatementWilliam E. Nelson, Jr.
SeriesSUNY series in Afro-American studies
Classifications
LC ClassificationsF73.9.N4 N45 2000
The Physical Object
Paginationxx, 344 p. :
Number of Pages344
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL6778023M
ISBN 100791446719, 0791446727
LC Control Number00020247

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