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‘A Dreadful Deceit’ and unceasing rebellion

Jacqueline Jones’ new book, A Dreadful Deceit: The Myth of Race from the Colonial Era to Obama’s America, is not a call to ignore effects of the concept of race in law and practice. She finds the definition of race repeatedly twisted to suit the needs of the ruling class and wielded as a tool for subjugation of Black and white labor alike. Continue reading

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Maroon the Implacable

Faruq, a prisoner at Pelican Bay State Prison in California, reviews “Maroon the Implacable: The Collected Writings of Russell Maroon Shoatz” (PM Press, 2013), written by a revolutionary theorist forced to endure the psychological and physical torture of solitary confinement for the past 40 years. Continue reading

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Django Unchained

From the March-April 2013 issue of News & Letters: Django Unchained Django Unchained is a Quentin Tarantino movie and thus, by definition, a bloody movie. There are horrific close-ups of violence in the latter part of the movie. But the … Continue reading

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Lincoln and ‘The Abolitionists’

From the new March-April 2013 issue of News & Letters: Lincoln and ‘The Abolitionists’ The 150th anniversary of the Civil War, and of the Emancipation Proclamation in particular, has a lot of people talking about that history and race relations … Continue reading

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Cherokee freedmen

From “World in View” in the November-December 2011 issue of News & Letters: Cherokee freedmen by Gerry Emmett A minority among the Cherokee Nation has pushed to exclude the descendants of the Nation’s Black freedmen from tribal membership. It is … Continue reading

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Civil War still hotly contested

From the new July-August 2011 issue of News & Letters: Essay Civil War still hotly contested by Robert Taliaferro The history of the U.S. is a quagmire of facts and near fictions; conflicting thoughts and ideas; established truths and myths, … Continue reading

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