The 18th century concept of the social contract is widely recognized in the 20th century as serving as the basis, usually in the form of a constitution, of the legitimacy of governments of contemporary nation states. But is the U.S. Constitution, in relation to its national minorities, a true social contract, or did it mark the consolidation of an unwritten, unspoken anti-social contact that even to this day submerges the rights of American national minorities to historic, cultural and socio-economic recognition and rights as founding peoples of the United States of America?

Dr. Kly views the African-American minority problem within the context of an historically evolved American problematic of white nationalism, which is used to subject American minorities to what may be called domestic colonialism. This places the American minority problem within the context of the ongoing dissolution of colonial empires, and the exercise by emergent nations of the right to self-determination.

Thie work establishes Dr. Kly as the most important African-American political theorist since W.E.B. DuBois




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