Jason SokolAll Eyes Are Upon Us: Race and Politics from Boston to Brooklyn

Basic Books, 2014

by Dan Kilbride on December 17, 2014

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When it came to race relations, the post-World War Two North was different — better — than the South. Or so white people in the northeast told themselves. While Jason Sokol argues that there was a real basis for what he calls the “northern mystique,” his new book All Eyes Are Upon Us: Race and Politics from Boston to Brooklyn (Basic Books, 2014) shows that this conviction disguised a deep, rich vein of racism that blocked progress and justice for people of color. Examining Jackie Robinson, Shirley Chisholm, David Dinkins, and other important figures from the 1930s through the 2000s, Sokol presents us with a sobering reflection on the limits of racial progress in the nation’s progressive center.


Matthew A. SuttonAmerican Apocalypse: A History of Modern Evangelicalism

December 17, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Intellectual History] Matthew Avery Sutton is the author of three books:  Aimee Semple McPherson and the Resurrection of Christian America (2007), Jerry Falwell and the Rise of the Religious Right: A Brief History with Documents (2012), and, most recently, American Apocalypse: A History of Modern Evangelicalism (Harvard University Press, 2014), which is the subject of this interview [...]

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Mark R. AndersonThe Battle for the Fourteenth Colony: America’s War of Liberation in Canada, 1774-1776

December 15, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Military History] My most current guest is Mark R. Anderson, author of The Battle for the Fourteenth Colony: America’s War of Liberation in Canada, 1774-1776 (University Press of New England, 2014).  Anderson’s award-winning book presents the most detailed and nuanced study of the entire Quebec campaign in print today.  Long an under-represented campaign in [...]

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Susan SchultenMapping the Nation: History and Cartography in Nineteenth-Century America

December 12, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Geography] Our everyday lives are saturated with maps. We use maps on our smart phones to help us navigate from place to place. Maps in the newspaper and online show us the spread of disease, the state of the planet, and the conflicts among nations. Susan Schulten‘s Mapping the Nation: History and [...]

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Michael HawkinsMaking Moros: Imperial Historicism and American Military Rule in the Philippines’ Muslim South

December 12, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Islamic Studies] For many Muslim communities particular religious identities were formulated or hardened within colonial realities. These types of cultural encounters were structural for the various Muslim tribes in the southern Philippine islands of Mindanao and Sulu during the turn of the twentieth century. In Making Moros: Imperial Historicism and American Military Rule [...]

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General Daniel BolgerWhy We Lost: A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars

December 12, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in World Affairs] During the past several years, numerous books and articles have appeared that grapple with the legacy and lessons of the recent U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This development should surprise few. The emergence of the jihadist group ISIS in Iraq and Syria raises profound questions about what the [...]

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Boyd CothranRemembering the Modoc War: Redemptive Violence and the Making of American Innocence

December 9, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Native American Studies] If George Armstrong Custer had kept off of Greasy Grass that June day in 1875, Vine Deloria, Jr.’s manifesto might well have been called “Canby Died For Your Sins.” The highest ranking U.S. military official to be killed in the so-called “Indian Wars,” General Edward Canby’s death at [...]

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Cathy L. SchneiderPolice Power and Race Riots: Urban Unrest in Paris and New York

December 8, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Political Science] Cathy L. Schneider is the author of Police Power and Race Riots: Urban Unrest in Paris and New York (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014). She is associate professor in the School of International Service at American University. Timeliness is not something that every scholarly book can claim, but Cathy Schneider has published a [...]

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Cynthia J. Miller and A. Bowdoin Van Riper, eds.1950s “Rocketman” TV Series and Their Fans: Cadets, Rangers, and Junior Space Men

December 2, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in Film] When television began to grow in popularity, broadcasters had to come up with programming to fill the day. Growing from the Flash Gordon movie serials, science fiction shows geared towards young people filled the air in the 1950s, affecting both entertainment and the consumer culture. The series were also major [...]

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Henry R. NauConservative Internationalism: Armed Diplomacy under Jefferson, Reagan, Truman, and Polk

November 28, 2014

[Cross-posted from New Books in World Affairs] The recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have raised important questions about the future direction of U.S. foreign policy and how Americans can best exercise power abroad in the coming years. Commentators have not shied away from offering advice. Some defend the record of the George W. Bush administration [...]

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