Aram Goudsouzian and Charles McKinney, “An Unseen Light: Black Struggles for Freedom in Memphis, Tennessee” (UP of Kentucky, 2018)
Most people will know that Memphis, Tennessee is where Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1968. That’s too bad, because Memphis played an important role in the struggle for civil rights both before and after King was murdered.  Drs. Aram Goudsouzian and Charles McKinney’s reclaim this history in their... Read More
Adam Malka, “The Men of Mobtown: Policing Baltimore in the Age of Slavery and Emancipation” (UNC Press, 2018)
Criminal justice, policing, and mass incarceration have gained significant political attention recently, and the problems of these systems have drawn increasingly frequent calls for reform from the right and left. Historians have turned their attention to illuminating the roots of these institutions. While many historians have focused on the 20th... Read More
John C. Hajduk, “Music Wars: Money, Politics, and Race in the Construction of Rock and Roll Culture, 1940–1960” (Lexington Books, 2018)
In his new book Music Wars: Money, Politics, and Race in the Construction of Rock and Roll Culture, 1940–1960 (Lexington Books, 2018), John C. Hajduk examines the emergence of a “rock and roll culture” in mid 20th century America. Professor Hajduk’s focus is on “gatekeepers” such as record executives and musician’s union leaders, all... Read More
Grant Farred, “The Burden of Over-Representation: Race, Sport, and Philosophy” (Temple UP, 2018)
Today we are joined by Grant Farred, Professor of Africana Studies and English at Cornell University.  Farred is the author of The Burden of Over-Representation: Race, Sport, and Philosophy (Temple University Press, 2018), which explores three sporting ‘events’: an uncharacteristic outburst from Jackie Robinson’s at a spring training game in New... Read More
Sharon Block, “Colonial Complexions: Race and Bodies in Eighteenth-Century America” (U Pennsylvania Press, 2018)
Today we have a certain idea of “race”; it’s socially constructed, conventional, and not really biological-grounded in any sense.  Yet we commonly use the idea of “race” in our everyday lives to identify ourselves and others. We even have a typology of “races” that we use in official contexts. Yet,... Read More
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