Clarence Taylor, “Fight the Power: African Americans and the Long History of Police Brutality in New York City” (NYU Press, 2018)
In his newest book, Fight the Power: African Americans and the Long History of Police Brutality in New York City (NYU Press, 2018), Clarence Taylor, dean of the history of the civil rights movement in New York, looks at black resistance to police brutality in the city, and institutional efforts to hold the NYPD... Read More
Ashley D. Farmer, “New Perspectives of the Black Intellectual Tradition” (Northwestern UP, 2018)
The field of African American intellectual history is enjoying a kind of renaissance at the moment. The resurgence is due to the work of the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS) and its terrific blog Black Perspectives. The fruits of the AAIHS’s labors can be seen in the book we’re discussing... Read More
Robin Marie Averbeck, “Liberalism is not Enough: Race and Poverty in Postwar Political Thought” (UNC Press, 2018)
Robin Marie Averbeck is a writer, activist and teacher at California State University, Chico. Liberalism is Not Enough: Race and Poverty in Postwar Political Thought (The University of North Carolina Press, 2018) is a historical examination of postwar liberalism that powerfully shows how racist capitalism is at the heart of... Read More
William D. Green, “The Children of Lincoln: White Paternalism and the Limits of Black Opportunity in Minnesota, 1860–1876” (U Minnesota Press, 2018)
At a speech before the unveiling of the Freedman’s Monument in 1876, Fredrick Douglass stated, “You are the children of Abraham Lincoln. We are only at best his step-children; children by adoption, children of circumstances and necessity.” But who was Douglass referring to when he said “You are the children... Read More
Michael Fischbach, “Black Power and Palestine: Transnational Countries of Color” (Stanford UP, 2018)
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the great animating foreign policy issues of the twenty-first century, one that provokes fierce divisions across the world. In the United States, the issue has become increasingly politicized in recent decades. While the conflict is not a strict binary issue, varying degrees and kinds... Read More
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