The Verso Book of Dissent: Revolutionary Words from Three Millennia of Rebellion and Resistance is a compendium of revolt and resistance throughout the ages, updated to include resistance to war and economic oppression from Beijing and Cairo to Moscow and New York City.
To celebrate the release of the new edition - 50% off at the moment as part of our end-of-year sale - we've present a selection of key moments of dissent from the book.
To celebrate both Black History Month and the 50th anniversary of Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale's founding of the Black Panther Party on October 15th, we present Newton’s ‘The Correct Handling of a Revolution’ from 1967. In this speech Newton compels the party to ‘show the people how to stage a revolution’. He is adamant that the function of the Party is, through demonstration, to teach an adoptable method of resistance. To spread the movement through the thirty million strong Black community in America, the Party must teach by experience. Newton puts forth both the importance of the Party’s relationship with the wider Black community, and that of internal relations, he compels for a united party against the oppressions faced, and still faced today, by the Black community. A succinct statement on the inner-workings and outward purpose of the Black Panther Party, Newton’s words still resonate today.
The Combahee River Collective was a Black feminist lesbian organization active in Boston from 1974 to 1980. The Collective highlighted that the white feminist movement was not addressing their particular needs, and worked to combat this. The Combahee River Collective Statement of 1977, reproduced below from Black Revolutionaries in the US: Communist Interventions, vol. 2, was key in their efforts and is used among political organizers and social theorists to chart the history of Black feminism and the development of the concepts of identity in contemporary theory.
We present this piece to celebrate Black History Month and the launch of Radical Thinkers set 13, forthcoming in November. These titles include seminal works of black radicalism: Michele Wallace, WEB Du Bois, Manning Marable and a collection edited by Angela Davis.
We are excited to announce the latest set in our Radical Thinkers series — four classic works from leading black radical intellectuals — publishing on November 15th.
Angela Davis’s collection of voices, originally published in 1971 is introduced as ‘an explosive document that is truly of and for our time’, but proves to be a text just as necessary in today's political climate. Manning Marable’s highly acclaimed reflection on African-American politics brings us into the more recent past, with a response to Barack Obama and the question of a ‘Post-Racial Politics’. From WEB Du Bois’s autobiographical essay Darkwater, to Michele Wallace’s consideration of the late-twentieth century black female experience in America, these are essential texts in both our series of radical thinkers, and in studying and celebrating African and Caribbean history.