reflections on race, religion, history & social change

August 26, 2020

Since the onset of the global health crisis, like so many people in the United States and in other countries, new and challenging circumstances at work and at home have required me to change my priorities, at least temporarily. Among other things, this has meant that I...

January 31, 2018

This arrived in the mail yesterday, and after perusing the prologue just now, man oh man, am I looking forward to reading this!

I continue to benefit enormously from Steven Hahn's innovative approach in A Nation under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural So...

October 2, 2015

Students in my new course, African American History since 1865, just finished reading and discussing excerpts from The Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. Du Bois's pathbreaking 1903 anthology, "part prose poem, part sociological tract, part memoir, part manifesto." I never ti...

September 25, 2015

My old friend William McCants, a fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy and director of the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World at the Brookings Institution, has just published his second book, The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday...

November 7, 2014


It's not every day in the historical profession that you get so much truth packed into a few thousand words.

Coming up on my must-read list is Edward Baptist's new book about slavery and capitalism, The Half Has Never Been Told. Not sure if I'll be able to spring t...

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