On Monogamy (notes for a speech) and 1984 Congressional RAce

By: Cleaver, Eldridge

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Three pages on two leaves of draft notes for a speech "On Monogamy" by Eldridge Cleaver, written ca. late 1970's to early 1980's. The notes, entirely in Cleaver's hand are on both sides of the first leaf and on one side of the second. The condition is NF. There are also two items from Cleaver's 1984 run for Congress in California's 8th District. A campaign brochure with a note signed by Cleaver and a "Cleaver for Congress" envelope with the address label removed, leaving light residue.The note on the Campaign brochure reads, "Thanks for your help. We've got Dellums up a tree. We'll keep you posted on developments." This note is signed by Cleaver with hhis distinctive backward "E" in "Eldridge." Also there is a small clip from a newspaper that reads, "Eldridge Cleaver Relates Personal Philosophies in speech to students." The draft notes read: "On Monogamy At the bottom of the burning issue of our time is the question of the form of our sexual relationships. And this is precisely a moral question. Monogamy, Polygamy, homosexuality / Lesbianism, birth control, abortion, genetic engineering, test tube babies. When God touches your life you'll spend the rest of your life [illegible] that touch We can solve all your problems. Bring your problems to us. There are no solveable problems which we can't solve. And we will help you petition God to solve the others." These are unique notes written entitely in Cleaver's hand. Cleaver is philosophizing on the significance of sexual relationships in the bigger scheme of social morals. He titles this draft "On Monogamy" which carries a certain irony concerning the issues that surrounded Cleaver's early life regarding the treatment of women (he was a self-proclaimed rapist) who later became a Mormon. Cleaver himself was far from monogamous and his sexuality was certainly an emotional flashpoint in his life. He, in fact fashioned a men's clothing line of "virility pants' which he called "the Cleavers," enthusing that they would give men "a chance to assert their masculinity." By September 1978 he had incorporated Eldridge Cleaver Ltd, running a factory and West Hollywood shop exploiting his "Cleavers," which he claimed liberated men from "penis binding." No doubt, considering Cleaver's espousal of rape among other aspects of his sexuality, one could say that he took to heart the statement in these note that "Many of the burning issues of our time is the question of the form of our sexual relationships." But for all the twists, turns, epiphanies and visions he had within his lifetime, Cleaver was never philosophically stagnant. He constantly questioned the status quo, driven perhaps to the point of psychological breakdown. This draft is a unique and important find for those with an interest in Cleaver, his ideas and the Black Panther movement. While in prison Cleaver wrote a number of philosophical and political essays, including Soul on Ice. He described his metamorphosis from rapist and drug dealer to Malcolm X apostle to Marxist revolutionary, who became virtually overnight one of the leading exponents of "black liberation. His essays traced his personal development from a "supermasculine menial" to a radical black liberationist. His essays became highly influential in the black power movement. These draft notes for a speech later in his life show more of his continuing transition. This grouping also includes a Letter of Authenticity and auction provenance. Important grouping of Cleaver material, including his signature.; 16mo 6" - 7" tall; 3 pages; Signed by Author

Title: On Monogamy (notes for a speech) and 1984 Congressional RAce

Author Name: Cleaver, Eldridge

Categories: African - American,

Publisher: Oakland, Eldridge Cleaver: ca. 1976 - 1984

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 15163

Keywords: African - American Black Negro Black Panthers Paper