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Whitewashing the Great Depression

Sarah Boxes The Atlantic
The preeminent photographic record of the period excluded people of color from the nation’s self-image. This collective portrait contributed to the misbegotten idea, still current, that the soul of America, the real American type, is rural and white

What Country Music Owes to Charley Pride

David Cantwell The New Yorker
Charley Pride was one of the finest vocalists in country-music history, and among the genre’s most successful recording artists. He died last week, victim to COVID. This retrospective was written last year.

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Caste Does Not Explain Race

Charisse Burden-Stelly Boston Review
The recent publication of Isabel Wilkerson’s widely acclaimed Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents returns to caste to explain U.S. racial hierarchy when wealth polarization, racial strife, and white supremacist revanchism are again on the rise.

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Walter Mosley’s Incredible Speech - National Book Awards

Walter Mosley Literary Hub
Walter Mosley's incredible speech from last month's National Book Awards, receiving The Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters - the first African American man to receive this award.
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