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This article examines how the racial order in the United States has evolved since the Jim Crow era. Two leading characterizations of the current situation are that we live in a postracial society and that we live in an era best described as the New Jim Crow. We probe the key differences between...
This essay calls for historians to move beyond chronological time in the writing and understanding of history. It first shows that chronology and modern history are historical, not natural, and then offers some simple correctives, such as recognizing different timescales and writing histories...
Claudio E. Benzecry talks with José Emilio Burucúa about how perspective in South American art differed from European models; the role of images in historiographical analysis; how the myth of Ulysses has been represented throughout history; and how European modernity can be studied from Buenos...
This short essay considers the increasingly nostalgic life of physical books. From immaculate leather-bound collections to “dummy” libraries, in private homes or department stores, since at least the mid-nineteenth century, old books have enjoyed past-directed affective relationships with...
Based on two years of intensive fieldwork with Asad Abdullahi, a young itinerant Somali man, this article explores a paradox about forced migration. Asad, in his own words, has been “kicked around like a stone,” having had to flee several homes over the past two decades. And yet the course of...
The piece discusses race and criminal justice in the context of recent videotaped cases of young black men dying at the hands of police officers. criminal justice new media policing race visual studies
Reinhold Niebuhr, the liberal Protestant theologian, occupied a prominent position in American public life during the middle decades of the twentieth century. A pillar of the post – World War II establishment, Niebuhr lent religious legitimation to American foreign policy during the Cold War....
President Barack Obama signifies both the power of the institutional presidency and the legacy of black freedom struggles. His post in the White House provides an opportunity to think through the process by which these themes became intertwined and the manner in which the US presidency became a...
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