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Black Capitalism in One City

Adolph Reed Jr. Dissent
Soul City was a boondoggle—not a story of lost or forgotten roads tragically not taken.

Abolition Democracy’s Forgotten Founder

Robin D. G. Kelley Boston Review
While W. E. B. Du Bois praised an expanding penitentiary system, T. Thomas Fortune called for investment in education and a multiracial, working-class movement.

How Odetta Revolutionized Folk Music

Sasha Frere-Jones The New Yorker
She animated the horror and emotional intensity in American labor songs by projecting them like a European opera singer.

Frederick Douglass and American Empire in Haiti

Peter James Hudson Boston Review
Toward the end of his life, Frederick Douglass served briefly as U.S. ambassador to Haiti. The disastrous episode reveals much about the country’s long struggle for Black sovereignty while always under the threat of U.S. empire.

Roots of the Black Chicago Renaissance

Malik Jackson South Side Weekly
A new collection explores the early twentieth-century artists and institutions that made the Black Chicago Renaissance possible.

Moments of Rupture: The 1930s and the Great Depression

Michael Goldfield and Cody R. Melcher Organizing Upgrade
Occasionally, in politics and social-economic struggles, there occur "moments of rupture," periods of dizzying and dramatic change when hosts of opportunities present themselves and existing arrangements of power are radically altered.

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United States of Amnesia. The Tulsa Massacre

Eric Foner London Review of Books
A noted historian digs deep into the latest work by an equally eminent scholar who spent much of his career fruitfully exposing the 1921 massacre of thousands of black Tulsa citizens. The book and the review coincided with the mass-murder’ centennial

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Ben Fletcher: The Life and Times of a Black Wobbly

Brian Shuffler ZNet
The full extent of the African American participation in the left wing, working class, and progressive movements has yet to be fully documented. This book makes a worthy contribution to increasing our knowledge of this history.

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