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Friday Nite Videos | November 4, 2022

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Obama Campaigns Against Kari Lake and Warns About Threats to Democracy. Till | Movie. Why Self-Driving Cars Have Stalled. Long Covid: A Parallel Pandemic. Why This Instrument Explains Black American Folk Music.

Redefining Freedom With Robin Kelley

Robin D. G. Kelley, Omari Weekes The Nation
A conversation with the historian about the 20th-anniversary of his seminal book Freedom Dreams, how the meaning of freedom has changed in the intervening years, the reparations debate, and more.

Why I Keep Coming Back to Reconstruction

Jamelle Bouie New York Times
Du Bois’s mode of analysis in "Black Reconstruction" can help us look past so much of the ephemera of our politics to focus on the roles of power, privilege and, most important, capital in shaping our political order and structuring our conflicts.

W. E. B. Du Bois’s Black Reconstruction Is Essential Reading

Jeff Goodwin Jacobin
W. E. B. Du Bois’s Black Reconstruction in America is one of the greatest modern studies of revolution and counterrevolution. It’s also an extraordinary example of a materialist and class analysis of race under capitalism.

Black Historians Critique ‘Objective History’

Keisha N. Blain The New Republic
Recent critiques of “presentism” fail to see that we can’t divorce the past from the present—and that supposedly objective scholarship has long promoted racist narratives and suppressed Black history.
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