I was able to visualize my hometown so much more keenly, having not lived there in fifteen years. I believe it allowed me to write about the place with a little bit more compassion than if I had tried to write these books living there. ...more
History itself is not so conveniently tidy, and neither is this book. ...more
Tags: Abraham Lincoln, american politics, book review, Chinese Exclusion Act, discrimination, Donald Trump, fascism, Frederick Douglass, genocide, immigration, Jacob Rothschild, japanese internment, jill lepore, jim crow, Liveright, Mary Church Terrell, nationalism, Nazi, Nazi Germany, patriotism, police brutality, police violence, Politics, review, robert rosenberger, slavery, systemic inequality, systemic racism, These Truths, this america, Trump, US history, WEB Du Bois, William Apess
Genevieve Hudson discusses her debut novel, BOYS OF ALABAMA.
Tags: A Little in Love with Everyone, adolescence, Adrienne Maree Brown, Alabama, alison bechdel, american south, angela davis, Are Prisons Obsolete, audre lorde, Boys of Alabama, Catie Hannigan, COVID-19, Deep South, Emergent Strategy, football, Gender Identity, genderqueer, Genevieve Hudson, homophobia, jim crow, Leni Zumas, LGBTQ, literary tropes, Liveright, misfits, Pleasure Activism, police brutality, Pretend We Live Here, queer, queer literature, Roy G. Guzmán, rural, rural America, rural life, segregation, sexism, slavery, Southern, Southern Gothic, Stonewall, systemic racism, teenagers, toxic masculinity, tropes, Tuscaloosa, White Supremacy
Chanelle Benz discusses her debut novel, THE GONE DEAD.
Tags: american south, as I lay dying, Ben Greenburg, Black Arts Movement, Chanelle Benz, civil rights, Civil Rights Movement, Crystal Hana Kim, debut novel, first book, george saunders, historical fiction, historical trauma, intergenerational trauma, jim crow, Mississippi, Mississippi Delta, Politics, Racism, Rhiannon Giddens, segregation, slavery, The Gone Dead, Trump, White Supremacy
We can’t hide from our history and we can’t pass it on to future generations. ...more
Tags: 1980s, affirmative action, alex p keaton, American history, american south, Back to the Future, brian spears, civil rights, Civil War, communism, Confederacy, David Beispiel's Poetry Wire, David Duke, desegregation, gone with the wind, Harry Gantt, Jefferson Davis, Jesse Helms, jim crow, Jubal Early, KKK, Ku Klux Klan, Leave It to Beaver, Louisiana, Loving v Virginia, Malcolm X, martin luther king, Michael J. Fox, Mississippi, Mitch Landrieu, Natasha Trethewey, Native Guard, New Orleans, P.T. Beauregard, poetry, Poetry Wire, police violence, racial profiling, Racism, reclaiming patriotism 2017, Reconstruction, Red Scare, Robert E. Lee, Ronald Reagan, segregation, slavery, Song of the South, Southern History, Steve Scalise, voter suppression, watergate, welfare, White Supremacy
Using dramatic monologue, Smith unmasks the skinhead’s anger to fend off threats to his way of life. ...more
Tags: 21 Poems That Shaped America, anti-semitism, Aryan Fest, Barack Obama, Brian Schaffner, Brown vs. Board of Education, David Biespiel's Poetry Wire, Donald Trump, hitler, Holocaust, jim crow, John Birch Society, John Metzger, KKK, Ku Klux Klan, Matthew MacWilliams, Midwest, Mulugeta Seraw, Nixon, Patricia Smith, poems, poetry, Politics, populism, Racism, Richard Hofstader, sexism, skinheads, Tatishe Nteta, Texas, Tom Metzger, Trump, Voting Rights Act, White Aryan Resistance, white supremacists, White Supremacy, Zionist Occupied Government, ZOG
To deny violence is to do it. Our surprise at Sandy Hook and Cold Springs and Columbine is a form of violence in its own right. ...more
Tags: alcohol, American Dream, American Indian Movement, childhood, civil rights, Civil Rights Movement, Cold Springs, Columbine, concentration camps, David Treuer, Edward Murrow, Emerson, fathers, fathers and sons, Haymarket, Holocaust, Indians, indigenous peoples, jim crow, Martin Luther King Jr., meritocracy, meth, Myron Wallace, Native American, Neil Diamond, Peter Bulkley, Pickawillany, police violence, prejudice, protest, Racism, Ralph Edwards, rape, reservation, Sand Creek, Sandy Hook, sexual assault, Simon Willard, slavery, Treaty of Ghent, Treaty of Guadelupe Hidalgo, Treaty of Paris, violence, Wounded Knee, Zorba the Greek
Joe Okonkwo discusses his debut novel
Jazz Moon, the quest for self-discovery, creative inspiration, and what it means to build a family when home is so very far away. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, Adelaide Hall, baby back johnson, bessie smith, Blackbirds of 1928, civil rights, coming out, debut, disctheque, Donald Trump, erica jong, Ethel Waters, family, gay, Hannah Baxter, Harlem, Harlem renaissance, home, homosexuality, jazz, Jazz Moon, jim crow, Joe Okonkwo, Josephine Baker, LGBTQ, lynching, new york, paris, Paul Robeson, Poet, poetry, prejudice, race riots, Racism, self discovery, sexual identity, sexual identiy, sexuality, Shuffle Along, Sidney Bechet, Trump
Novelist LaShonda Katrice Barnett discusses her debut novel,
Jam on the Vine, how becoming a historian taught her about plot, Muslims living in Texas in the 19th century, and the Missouri State Penitentiary, also known as “the bloodiest 47 acres in America.” ...more
Tags: 1925 World's Fair, activism, African-American history, alex dueben, American Studies, art deco, black press, Charlotta Bass, College of William and Mary, Exchanging our Country Marks, ferguson, gay rights, God’s Follies, Henry Fonda, Ida B Wells, jim crow, Kansas City, L’Echange, lesbians, LGBT, Michael Gomez, Michelle Alexander, newspapers, prison system, prisoner rights, Racism, Red Summer, research, selma, sharecropping, The Kansas City Call, The Klansman, The New Jim Crow, W.E.B. DuBois, Will Brown, Women’s History
The Order of Myths is a film too nuanced to confront lynching directly, and too focused to make any easy statement about racism.