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Book cover
14 April 2020

As I mentioned in a previous review of a Richard Nixon biography, Watergate was the beginning of my fascination with politics and American history. The...

Book cover of book
10 October 2019

It must have been somewhat difficult to grow up as the namesake of one of the most prominent and controversial human rights leader in American history,...

Book cover saying They Were Her Property and drawing of slaves
27 August 2019

As a professor of African American history, I have very little interest in slavery. I am painfully aware that the insidious institution constructed and...

Black and white photo of young black man with afro playing tennis
15 August 2019

I had the pleasure of meeting Arthur Ashe in the early 1980s. It was in a little tennis shop in a strip mall somewhere on Bethel Road. He was representing...

Pretty black woman smiling with long black hair waving in the wind wearing a white shirt that is off one shoulder and words Becoming at top and MIchelle Obama below
18 June 2019

Never in the history of First Ladies’ memoirs has there been a book so eagerly awaited as the one written by Michelle Obama. When Becoming hit the...

Black and white book cover with the words LBJ's 1968
29 August 2018

This year is the fiftieth anniversary of the many things that occurred in America’s most horrible year in the most tumultuous decade of the twentieth...

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