Book Review: The Afrikan, The European, And The Underground Whispers That Spurred Revolution

By Todd Steven Burroughs    Julius S. Scott’s classic work reveals that in the 18th century, Africans both free and enslaved by the European powers were in constant, underground communication with each other in the Caribbean as Revolution in France turned to the Americans.   The Common Wind: Afro-American Currents in the Age of the Haitian […]

Dismantle the Pipeline: A Review of Susan Anglada Bartley’s ‘A Different Vision: A Revolution Against Racism in Public Education’ (Luminare Press) | David Gilbert

by David Gilbert School was always a breeze for me. “Correct English” came naturally–it was the way people spoke at home. As for social studies, I was well-versed in the mythology of American democracy that masqueraded as “history.” My parents instilled confidence that I could excel at science and math, which they saw as a […]

Dismantle the Pipeline: A Review of Susan Anglada Bartley’s “A Different Vision: A Revolution Against Racism in Public Education” (Luminare Press)

School was always a breeze for me. “Correct English” came naturally–it was the way people spoke at home. As for social studies, I was well-versed in the mythology of American democracy that masqueraded as “history.” My parents instilled confidence that I could excel at science and math, which they saw as a career path for […]

Authoritarians, Plutocrats and the Fight for Racial Justice

by ROY EIDELSON On the campaign trail, Donald J. Trump routinely lashed out at protesters brazen enough to disrupt his choreographed rallies. In Birmingham, Alabama, he shouted, “Get him out of here. Throw him out!” The next day he added, “Maybe he should have been roughed up.” In Burlington, Vermont, Trump ordered his security personnel to “Throw them out […]

Book Review: Malcolm X: History Is Best Qualified

The Judas Factor: The Life and Death of Malcolm Shabazz Limited 25th Anniversary Edition. Karl Evanzz. Xis Books, 541 pp., $25.99. Reviewed by Todd Steven Burroughs Context can be a witch, to be polite. Yesterday, May 19, Malcolm X would have been 93. The fact that that day is marked solemnly around the country by those […]

Setting Sights: Histories and Reflections on Community Armed Self-Defense

Decades ago, Malcolm X eloquently stated that communities have the legitimate right to defend themselves “by any means necessary” with any tool or tactic, including guns. This wide-ranging anthology uncovers the hidden histories and ideas of community armed self-defense, exploring how it has been used by marginalized and oppressed communities as well as anarchists and […]

Book Review Living for the City: Migration, Education, and the Rise of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California

by Donna Jean Murch VIEW INSIDE 328 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 33 illus., 4 maps, notes, bibl., index PAPERBACK ISBN: 978-0-8078-7113-3 Published: October 2010 EBOOK ISBN: 978-0-8078-9585-6 Published: October 2010 “A provocative reinterpretation of the origins of the Black Panther Party in Oakland….Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.”–Choice “Well-researched, smoothly written. . . . A testament […]

The Revolutionary Lives of James and Grace Lee Boggs

This book is an important addition to U.S. left wing movement history. This brief author interview appears on the blog of the African American Intellectual History Society (AAIHS). James and Grace Lee Boggs were independent Marxist revolutionaries who worked in Detroit beginning in the 1940s, were among the earliest theorists of 1960s Black Power, and […]

Book Review: The Rise of Solitary

From the series Juvenile in Justice © Richard Ross, richardross.net. Courtesy of the artist and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York. 23/7: Pelican Bay Prison and the Rise of Long-Term Solitary Confinement by Keramet Reiter Yale University Press, 2016, 312 pp. At the end of 1989, a few weeks after the Berlin Wall came down, […]

WHO OWNS THE BLUES?

BY FLORENCE DORE   Long ago, in a time available to us in the dirty crackle and hiss of 78s with worn labels, an African American singer who had traveled for 15 years on the medicine show circuit committed to shellac a song called “Old Dog Blue.” His name was Jim Jackson. Jackson recorded “Old Dog […]