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African Americans

Another Land

From Shelter, a memoir, which will be published this month by Graywolf Press. I plotted my return to Baltimore the day after the heaviest snowfall in a decade, a bright…

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Separate and Unequal

From The South: Jim Crow and Its Afterlives, which will be published this month by Verso. The everyday life of the segregation era is not much discussed outside academia. More…

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Continental Divide

Decades ago, my father implored me to get acquainted with James Baldwin. As is often the case with such parental injunctions, I ignored him for a long time, but once…

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Unending Struggle

In 1974, a pair of scientists who would go on to win the Nobel Prize published a paper demonstrating that the chlorofluorocarbons used in aerosol sprays and refrigerators were harming…

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History As End

1619, 1776, and the politics of the past

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Civil Warning

Are we living through another antebellum era?

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Shades of Blue

Late on election night, when the betting markets were just realizing that Trump’s path to victory had narrowed, and leading voices on the left were lamenting the failure of anything…

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The Silenced Majority

Can America still afford democracy?

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December 2020

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