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Are We the New Radical Republicans?

Van Gosse Organizing Upgrade
Bill Fletcher, Jr. and Carl Davidson have recently argued that leftists should work inside-and also alongside-the left flank of the Democratic Party to grow a new party inside the husk of the old one.

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Henry Louis Gates Jr. on the ‘Stony Road’ for Black Americans

David Luhrssen Shepherd Express (Milwaukee)
The highly regarded scholar's latest work tackles the deep roots of white nationalism as it emerged from conflicts surrounding Reconstruction and the failure of post-Civil War governments to stamp down racism and secure genuine emancipation.

Lessons of Abolitionism for the Green New Deal

James Brewer Stewart History News Network
How can one claim that the Green New Dealers actually have history on their side, given the power of the forces arrayed against them? Consider the history of abolitionists, who demanded the immediate and total abolition of slavery.

Africa’s Place in the Radical Imagination

Zoé Samudzi ROAR
demonstrators in Madagascar But often, in the process of dreaming that constitutes our radicalisms, we retreat into ahistorical and erasing revisionisms as opposed to situating our political visions within some concrete foundation.

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The War Before the War

David Holahan The Christian Science Monitor
The role of the enslaved in the political crisis that led to the Civil War is not as well known as it should be, but this volume adds to our knowledge on this topic.

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The Capital's Great National Circus

Eric Foner London Review of Books
Think today's lack of congressional comity is bizarre? It's nothing (or not yet something) compared to the physical violence prevalent on the floor of the House and Senate in the period leading up to the Civil War.

Did All Chicagoans Support The Civil War?

Jesse Dukes WBEZ - Public Radio Chicago
The story of Irish-American draft resisters, African-Americans who defied the odds in order to fight, and women who found alternate ways to support the war.

A Five Hundred Year-Old Shared History

Stacy M. Brown BlackPressUSA
This is the third report in National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) global news feature series on the history, contemporary realities and implications of the transatlantic slave trade.
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