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April 19th, 2014
thesmithian

…both serious history and a serious pleasure, a story that reads as if Huddie Ledbetter spoke it while W. E. B. Du Bois took dictation.

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…both serious history and a serious pleasure, a story that reads as if Huddie Ledbetter spoke it while W. E. B. Du Bois took dictation.

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March 21st, 2014
thesmithian

…searing and systematic evidence that women in Pakistan…can also be victims of institutions and traditions that are deeply lodged in its culture and politics.

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…searing and systematic evidence that women in Pakistan…can also be victims of institutions and traditions that are deeply lodged in its culture and politics.

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March 21st, 2014
thesmithian

African American soldiers returned from fighting in WWI…they attempted to exercise their social, political and economic rights here at home. They were met by riots and lynchings led by white mobs throughout black communities in 15 states and 27 cities across America from April to November, 1919. According to Cameron McWhirter’s…Red Summer: The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America, the NAACP’s James Weldon Johnson called it the “Red Summer” because it was so bloody. In total, millions of Americans had their lives disrupted. Hundreds of people—most of them black—were killed.

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African American soldiers returned from fighting in WWI…they attempted to exercise their social, political and economic rights here at home. They were met by riots and lynchings led by white mobs throughout black communities in 15 states and 27 cities across America from April to November, 1919. According to Cameron McWhirter’s…Red Summer: The Summer of 1919 and the Awakening of Black America, the NAACP’s James Weldon Johnson called it the “Red Summer” because it was so bloody. In total, millions of Americans had their lives disrupted. Hundreds of people—most of them black—were killed.

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March 18th, 2014
thesmithian

…exploring the relationship between African American and Native peoples of Virginia, she unraveled the story of…a racial divide that the Civil Rights movement has never eroded. Virginia’s miscegenation laws, from the law of hypo-descent to the Racial Integrity Act, are burned into the hearts and culture of Virginians, white, black and Indian.

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…exploring the relationship between African American and Native peoples of Virginia, she unraveled the story of…a racial divide that the Civil Rights movement has never eroded. Virginia’s miscegenation laws, from the law of hypo-descent to the Racial Integrity Act, are burned into the hearts and culture of Virginians, white, black and Indian.

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March 9th, 2014
thesmithian

A “Jeopardy” answer might be: “He was the most famous civil rights activist not to attend the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.” The correct question to that answer is “Who was Stokely Carmichael?” Another such answer might be: “He invented the slogan ‘Black Power’ and married famed South African singer Miriam Makeba.” The question again is “Who was Stokely Carmichael?”

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A “Jeopardy” answer might be: “He was the most famous civil rights activist not to attend the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.” The correct question to that answer is “Who was Stokely Carmichael?” Another such answer might be: “He invented the slogan ‘Black Power’ and married famed South African singer Miriam Makeba.” The question again is “Who was Stokely Carmichael?”

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February 26th, 2014
thesmithian

“…there is a whole, an entire generation that never knew anything that didn’t come out of this tube. This tube is the gospel, the ultimate revelation; this tube can make or break presidents, popes, prime ministers; this tube is the most awesome goddamn force in the whole godless world, and woe is us if it ever falls into the hands of the wrong people!”

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February 18th, 2014
thesmithian

“No matter what all your teeth and wet fingers anticipated, there was no accounting for the way that simple joy could shake you.” Toni Morrison, Beloved.

Morrison was born (in Lorain, Ohio) Chloe Anthony Wofford on this day in 1931.

February 16th, 2014
thesmithian

…chapters examine the history of degrading racial stereotypes, the significance of free blacks in the process of slavery’s destruction, the psychological function and effect of racism, and especially the intellectual problems raised by the various proposals to colonize free and emancipated blacks outside the United States. In a sense, the problem Davis examines here is not slavery as such, but racial slavery. He believes that race—more than the wealth and power of slaveholders, more than a Constitution that protected slavery in the states—was the single greatest obstacle to emancipation in the United States.

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…chapters examine the history of degrading racial stereotypes, the significance of free blacks in the process of slavery’s destruction, the psychological function and effect of racism, and especially the intellectual problems raised by the various proposals to colonize free and emancipated blacks outside the United States. In a sense, the problem Davis examines here is not slavery as such, but racial slavery. He believes that race—more than the wealth and power of slaveholders, more than a Constitution that protected slavery in the states—was the single greatest obstacle to emancipation in the United States.

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February 11th, 2014
thesmithian

…nothing about growing up in the lap of luxury takes away from Deepak and Sanjiv’s hard work and accomplishments both during school and after, but it is outrageous to imagine their story supporting the idea that, in Deepak’s words, in America “you can climb the ladder of opportunity or kick it out from under you and still succeed beyond your wildest dreams” or, as Sanjiv puts it, in America “individuals climb up the success ladder based on ability, talent, and hard work.” For, unlike most of us, the Chopra brothers were born at the top.

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February 8th, 2014
thesmithian

painstakingly researched, profoundly evocative, altogether admirable…“Louis Armstrong: Master of Modernism”

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February 8th, 2014
thesmithian

…a recounting of Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, but also a revealing window into the le Carré-like layers of intrigue that develop when a celebrity politician who is married to another celebrity politician loses to yet another celebrity politician, and goes on to serve the politician who defeated her.

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