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Ballad of an American

Gregory N. Heires Portside
This book on Paul Robeson is the first-ever to be presented as a graphic biography.

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Why Caste? And Why Now?

Zillah Eisenstein Portside
Wilkerson, in this new book, asks us to rethink our current discourse on race. Reviewer Eisenstein is skeptical, and finds the book's argument unconvincing.

Illinois - Slave State

Tara McClellan McAndrew NPR-Illinois - Illinois Issues
There was slavery in Illinois for more than 100 years. Even after Illinois entered the Union, loopholes in its laws allowed the practice to continue, making the future Land of Lincoln a quasi-slave state. 

Evanston's Road to Reparations

Bryan Smith Chicago Magazine
Compensating African Americans for the wrongs of history has been a political nonstarter for decades. Then, last November, one Chicago suburb made it a reality.

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Debating Black Freedom

Robert Greene II Jacobin
Liberator Magazine was one of the most important African American periodicals to be published in the United States during the 1960s. The book under review is the first full-length account of the life and times of this pivotal journal.
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