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The Deep South Has a Rich History of Resistance, as Amazon Is Learning

Jamelle Bouie New York Times
The South is more than its shading on an Electoral College map; the entire region is home to a rich history of resistance against the twin forces of race hierarchy and class exploitation. The Amazon workers union campaign is part of that history.

Tidbits - Feb. 18, 2021 - Reader Comments: No One is Above the Law; Climate Briefing; Fast Food Workers; Affordable Housing; John Sweeney; Black Panther Party; Jazz and Race; Rosa Luxemburg symposium; Working-Class New York Revisited; more...

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Reader Comments: No One is Above the Law; Climate Briefing; Fast Food Workers; Affordable Housing - New York's Coops; John Sweeney; Black Panther Party; Jazz and Race; International symposium - Rosa Luxemburg; Working-Class New York Revisited; more.

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Cedric Robinson and the Origins of Race

Minkah Makalami Boston Review
As more of Robinson’s books come back into print, the reviewer argues that reading them with his seminal work Black Marxism can enrich our understanding of racial capitalism and offer additional tools for fighting our present political impasse.

Jacob Lawrence Went Beyond the Constraints of a Segregated Art World

Rachel Himes Jacobin
Jacob Lawrence was one of twentieth-century America’s most celebrated black artists. In Struggle, his series of paintings on the American Revolution, he opened up new territory in American history- beyond had become synonymous with black art.

Epidemic of Despair Could Haunt America Long After COVID

Lynn Parramore Institute for New Economic Thinking
Researchers worry the pandemic may have severe after-effects, with deaths of despair impacting more distressed and newly-vulnerable populations. Only a serious reform of American capitalism can address the kind of distress and insecurity that kills.

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This Guilty Land

Eric Foner London Review of Books
A leading historian of 19th century US history reviews two recent books on Lincoln and John Brown, charting the background to the Civil War and its lingering heritage today.

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Whitewashing the Great Depression

Sarah Boxes The Atlantic
The preeminent photographic record of the period excluded people of color from the nation’s self-image. This collective portrait contributed to the misbegotten idea, still current, that the soul of America, the real American type, is rural and white

What Country Music Owes to Charley Pride

David Cantwell The New Yorker
Charley Pride was one of the finest vocalists in country-music history, and among the genre’s most successful recording artists. He died last week, victim to COVID. This retrospective was written last year.
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