At the Rendezvous of Victory
The masses do not learn history, they make it. More accurately, they learn it only when they make it.
C. L. R. James, C. L. R James and Revolutionary Marxism
Black Studies means the intervention of a neglected area of studies that are essential to the understanding of ancient and modern society.
C. L. R. James, "The Black Scholar Interviews"
Some of you may believe that you have read [ The Black Jacobins]. I did more than that, I wrote it. But it is only in late years that I am able to understand and to appreciate the full significance of what I wrote in that book.
C. L. R. James, Spheres of Existence
Writing in 1975, in a review essay for the magazine Black World C. L. R James noted with some satisfaction that "for some years now, a few historians have recognized that one only begins to write genuine history when one writes about the great untutored mass of the population" ("Maroons" 67). Though he does not here mention the fact, James himself could claim a considerable portion of the responsibility for this transformation in the practice of writing history, and it is important for us to note also in this passage James's emphasis upon the nature of history as writing. James was not all that bashful about remarking his own accomplishments, but most moments of self-credit in James's essays are playful. In a 1943 article published in the New International, James refers readers to an essay written by J. R.