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book review- BECOMING BELAFONTE: BLACK ARTIST, PUBLIC RADICAL

BECOMING BELAFONTE: Black Artist, Public Radical. By Judith Smith. Austin: University of Texas Press. 2014.   Harry Belafonte was well known to Americans in the fifties and sixties, both as a musician and as a Hollywood film star. And for more than a half-century, Belafonte has made headlines for his activism on behalf of diverse … Continue reading

Book Review-THOMAS JEFFERSON’S ETHICS AND THE POLITICS OF HUMAN PROGRESS: THE MORALITY OF A SLAVE HOLDER (2013)

THOMAS JEFFERSON’S ETHICS AND THE POLITICS OF HUMAN PROGRESS: The Morality of a Slave Holder. By Ari Helo. New York: Cambridge University Press. 2013. Ari Helo’s Thomas Jefferson’s Ethics and the Politics of Human Progress: The Morality of a Slave Holder is a thorough and complex contribution to Jeffersonian scholarship. Helo is primarily concerned with … Continue reading

Book Review- AMERICA IN THE THIRTIES (2014)

AMERICA IN THE THIRTIES.  By John Olszowka, Marnie M. Sullivan, Brian R. Sheridan, and Dennis Hickey. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press. 2014. America in the Thirties, which is part of Syracuse University Press’s “America in the Twentieth Century” series and grows out of a freshman seminar taught at Mercyhurst University, is an engaging and well-written … Continue reading

Book Review- RACE AFTER THE INTERNET (2012)

RACE AFTER THE INTERNET. Edited by Lisa Nakamura and Peter A. Chow-White. New York: Routledge. 2012. “Race has itself become a digital medium,” Nakamura and Chow-White write, “a distinctive set of informatic codes, networked mediated narratives, maps, images, and visualizations that index identity…race critique has to acknowledge this and respond to it meaningfully, or be … Continue reading

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