The Lakefront Historian

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People Power and Sacred Cows: More Thoughts on SELMA

I agree with much of what my colleague Devin Hunter has written, but am still struggling with my reactions to Selma. Something about it just didn’t entirely connect with me … Continue reading

January 9, 2015 · 5 Comments

Some Initial Thoughts on SELMA

I was lucky enough to catch a pre-wide release showing of Selma earlier this week, when colleague Anthony Di Lorenzo and I braved Arctic weather to trudge to the multiplex. Overall, with … Continue reading

January 7, 2015 · 1 Comment

My Favorite Historical Lecture

James Baldwin and William F. Buckley Debate Video (Click the link above to skip the commentary and watch the debate) Since I finished my summer independent study course last week, you will … Continue reading

August 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Review of Avengers of the New World by Laurent Dubois

LAURENT DUBOIS. Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, York: The Dial Press, 2004. Pp. viii, 357. $17.95. Avengers of the … Continue reading

July 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

Review of The Black Jacobins by C.L.R. James

CYRIL LIONEL ROBERT JAMES. The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L’Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution. New York: The Dial Press, 1938. Pp. xi, 396. $3.75. Introduction: The Black Jacobins is the seventh and most … Continue reading

July 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Review of The Slave Ship by Marcus Rediker

MARCUS REDIKER. The Slave Ship: A Human History. New York: Viking Press, 2007. Pp. 434. $27.95. Introduction: The Slave Ship is the fourth book written by Marcus Rediker, a prize-winning American historian … Continue reading

July 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Review of Capitalism and Slavery by Eric Williams

ERIC WILLIAMS. Capitalism and Slavery. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1944. Pp. ix, 245. $29.95. Capitalism and Slavery is the first and most important work by the late Trinidadian scholar … Continue reading

July 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Review of Black Society in Spanish Florida by Jane Landers

JANE LANDERS. Black Society in Spanish Florida. Forward by Peter H. Wood. (Blacks in the New World.) Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1999. Pp. xiv, 390. $29.00. Introduction: … Continue reading

July 2, 2014 · 1 Comment

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