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Book Learning and Slave Education with Christopher Span

Book Learning and Slave Education with Christopher Span

Christopher Span, Professor of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, discusses his work, “Sam’s Cottonfield Blues” and “Quest for Book Learning: African American Education in Slavery and Freedom.” He discusses why literacy was...

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Texas: Race, War, Colonialism with Gerald Horne

Texas: Race, War, Colonialism with Gerald Horne

Professor Gerald Horne discusses his book, The Counter-revolution of 1836: Texas Slavery & Jim Crow and the Roots of American Fascism. Prof. Horne explains his thesis that Texas was a goldmine for Euro-Americans since it provided the dual economics of land...

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Abolition’s Legal Failures with Giuliana Perrone

Abolition’s Legal Failures with Giuliana Perrone

Giuliana Perrone, Professor of History, University of California, Santa Barbara, discusses her book, Nothing More than Freedom: The Failure of Abolition in American Law. Professor Perrone explains how emancipation and abolition stalled and were ultimately defeated in...

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Black Homicide Victims with Gian Maria Campedelli

Black Homicide Victims with Gian Maria Campedelli

Gian Maria Campedelli, research scientist at Fondazione Bruno Kessler in Italy, discusses his research article, “Homicides Involving Black Victims are less likely to be Cleared in the United States.” Drawing upon three databases the FBI’s national incident-based...

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Why You Might End Up In Prison with Justin Brooks

Why You Might End Up In Prison with Justin Brooks

Professor Justin Brooks, director of the LLM Program in U.S. Law in Spanish at the University of San Diego, discusses his book, You Might Go to Prison, Even Though You're Innocent. Prof. Brooks explains how bad lawyering, bad science, and inadequate investigations,...

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Unpacking Our History Lecture: Grant and the Klan

Unpacking Our History Lecture: Grant and the Klan

Join Fergus Bordewich as he discusses his new book, "Klan War: Ulysses S. Grant and the Battle to Save Reconstruction." Klan War is a bold and bracing record of America’s past that reveals the bloody, Reconstruction-era roots of present-day battles to protect the...

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Police Violence and Pregnant People with Jaquelyn Jahn

Police Violence and Pregnant People with Jaquelyn Jahn

Jaquelyn Jahn, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Drexel University, discusses her articles "Neighborhood Proactive Policing and Racial Inequities in Preterm Birth in New Orleans, 2018‒2019" and "Gestational Exposure to Fatal Police Violence and Pregnancy Loss in...

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Land and Identity in Africa with Kevin C. Dunn

Land and Identity in Africa with Kevin C. Dunn

Kevin C. Dunn, the Donald R. Harter ’39 Professor of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Hobart and William Smith Colleges talks about his book, Politics of Origin in Africa: Autochthony Citizenship, and Conflict. Prof. Dunn discusses how concepts of origins and land...

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War on the Klan with Fergus Bordewich

War on the Klan with Fergus Bordewich

Fergus Bordewich discusses his newest book, Klan War: Ulysses S. Grant and the Battle to Save Reconstruction. Mr. Bordewich explains how the Klu Klux Klan was America's first terrorist organization intent on counterrevolution after the Civil War. How President Grant...

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Judges and White Supremacy with Vida Johnson

Judges and White Supremacy with Vida Johnson

Vida Johnson, professor at law at Georgetown law, discusses her article "White Supremacy and the Bench." In which she describes how judges maintain and enforce structural racism. Judges benefit from a cultural cache of authority, prestige and as unbiased arbiters of...

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