About Shawn Hamilton

NBN Episodes hosted by Shawn:

Robert Cassanello, "To Render Invisible: Jim Crow and Public Life in New South Jacksonville" (UP of Florida, 2013)

September 30, 2013

To Render Invisible

Robert Cassanello
Hosted by Shawn Hamilton

The story of the rise of Jim Crow in Jacksonville, Florida is in many ways illustrative of the challenges facing newly emancipated African Americans t…

Marc Mauer, "Race to Incarcerate" (New Press, 2013)

June 18, 2013

Race to Incarcerate

Marc Mauer
Hosted by Shawn Hamilton

The American penitentiary model began as not merely a physical construct, but as a philosophical and religious one. Prisoners were to use their time i…

Daniel W. Webster and Jon S. Vernick, "Reducing Gun Violence in America" (Johns Hopkins UP, 2013)

May 15, 2013

Reducing Gun Violence in America

Daniel W. Webster and Jon S. Vernick
Hosted by Shawn Hamilton

We've all heard the saying that when arguing we should 'disagree without being disagreeable' but, when it comes to guns, we often find ourselves disag…

Henry Wiencek, "Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves" (FSG, 2012)

May 15, 2013

Master of the Mountain

Henry Wiencek
Hosted by Shawn Hamilton

The Louisiana Purchase was a perfect illustration of the challenges, yet seemingly boundless opportunities that slavery presented statesmen like Thoma…

Paul Barrett, "Glock: The Rise of America's Gun" (Broadway, 2013)

May 2, 2013


Paul Barrett
Hosted by Shawn Hamilton

History is in many respects the story of humanity's quest for transcendence: to control life and death, time and space, loss and memory. When inventor…

Yuval Taylor and Jake Austen, "Darkest America: Black Minstrelsy from Slavery to Hip-Hop" (Norton, 2012)

April 25, 2013

Darkest America

Yuval Taylor and Jake Austen
Hosted by Shawn Hamilton

The moral arguments in defense of slavery hinged on the claim that it was the best arrangement for all parties involved, especially the slaves. Thomas…

Joshua Bloom and Waldo Martin, "Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party" (U California Press, 2013)

April 17, 2013

Black Against Empire

Joshua Bloom and Waldo Martin
Hosted by Shawn Hamilton

German military theorist Carl Von Clausewitz observed that many of the important variables in war exist in 'clouds of great uncertainty' which create …

Vladimir Alexandrov, "The Black Russian" (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2013)

April 3, 2013

The Black Russian

Vladimir Alexandrov
Hosted by Shawn Hamilton

Vladimir Alexandrov's new book The Black Russian (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2013) tells the epic and often tragic story of Fredrick Bruce Thomas, an Afr…