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A New History Of African America; Untangling The Complexities Of Rights In America

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Jamal Greene / Keisha N. Blain

This moment in American history can feel unprecedented. But white supremacist violence and debates over whose rights really matter are hardly new.

This hour on Disrupted, we talk to two authors who provide crucial historical and theoretical context to this moment.

Keisha N. Blain co-edited Four Hundred Souls, A Community History of African America. The book covers four centuries of African-American history, divided into five-year chunks each tackled by different writers including Nikole Hannah-Jones, Jamelle Bouie, and Alicia Garza.

Jamal Greene is the author of How Rights Went Wrong: Why Our Obsession With Rights Is Tearing America Apart, a book untangling the complex history and politics of rights in America.

GUESTS:

  • Keisha N. Blain – Associate Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh and co-editor of Four Hundred Souls, A Community History of African America
  • Jamal Greene – Dwight Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and Author of How Rights Went Wrong: Why Our Obsession With Rights Is Tearing America Apart
Catie Talarski is Senior Director of Storytelling and Radio Programming at Connecticut Public.
Dr. Khalilah L. Brown-Dean is an award-winning scholar at Quinnipiac University, author, and host of Disrupted on WNPR.