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Labor Day Q&A

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On September 1, 2018
It’s only a month until A History of America in Ten Strikes is released and so it is going to be all publicity all time. Oh boy! Anyway, I did an author Q&A for The New Press for your Labor Day weekend. Here’s a chunk of it. What is the role of race and gender […]

Barracoon

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On April 30, 2018

Zora Neale Hurston is one of the greatest literary and anthropologist treasures in American history, despite her dying completely forgotten and in poverty in 1960. Her 1931 novel Barracoon is finally

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2017: A Historian’s Reading

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On December 31, 2017
At the end of last year, I put up a list of the books I read for professional reasons in 2016. People seemed to like it, so here is this year’s list. Just as a refresher, I read these books for my own purposes–to prepare for teaching, to keep up or catch up on the […]

Paperback

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On May 5, 2017

My book Empire of Timber is now in paperback and thus at a price that is reasonably affordable, if still a little high for a paperback. If you have an itch that needs to be scratched around reading th

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Above: Free Angela Davis poster, Havana, 1971 I start each and every day by reading a couple of chapters of a history (or related) book. I do this primarily to keep up on the literature, making it possible for me to know what I’m talking about when I write my own work. Of course, I’m […]

Reading in Prison

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On September 25, 2016

Above: A man too dangerous for Texas prisoners The U.S. prison system is primarily designed to lock up people of color, control their labor, and humiliate them. There is very little about justice in t

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Book Notes

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On July 5, 2016
As I am desperately trying to write the draft of my book on strikes, one of the things I’ve had to sacrifice is writing book reviews here. They take too long to do well. But I did want to note a few relatively recently published books I’ve read recently that could be of interest to […]
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