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Annette Gordon-Reed

Annette Gordon-Reed

Annette Gordon-Reed is the Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard. She is the author of The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, which won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for History. Her latest book is On Juneteenth.

 (August 2021)

The Color Line

W.E.B. Du Bois’s exhibit at the 1900 Paris Exposition offered him a chance to present a “graphical narrative” of the dramatic gains made by Black Americans since the end of slavery.

W.E.B. Du Bois’s Data Portraits: Visualizing Black America: The Color Line at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

edited by Whitney Battle-Baptiste and Britt Rusert

Black Lives 1900: W.E.B. Du Bois at the Paris Exposition

edited by Julian Rothenstein, with an introduction by Jacqueline Francis and Stephen G. Hall

A History of Data Visualization and Graphic Communication

by Michael Friendly and Howard Wainer

August 19, 2021 issue

The Real Texas

People go to Texas seeking fortunes, hoping to find a place somewhere between what is real and what is myth; it is strange and disturbing that this hope resembles the feeling that brought Anglo settlers, along with the people they enslaved, into the region so long ago.

In a Narrow Grave: Essays on Texas

by Larry McMurtry, with an introduction by Diana Ossana

God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State

by Lawrence Wright

The Injustice Never Leaves You: Anti-Mexican Violence in Texas

by Monica Muñoz Martinez

Big Wonderful Thing: A History of Texas

by Stephen Harrigan

America’s Lone Star Constitution: How Supreme Court Cases from Texas Shape the Nation

by Lucas A. Powe Jr.

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October 24, 2019 issue

Hank Willis Thomas: In a Non-Violent Movement, Unmerited Suffering Is Redemptive, from the installation Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Us Around, 2016. The image appears in the book Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal, just published by Aperture and the Portland Art Museum, with an exhibition to follow next year. The original photograph is by Spider Martin, 1965.

MLK: What We Lost

Figures like Martin Luther King, Harriet Tubman, and Rosa Parks have now become “safe” in ways they never were when they were operating at the height of their powers.

To the Promised Land: Martin Luther King and the Fight for Economic Justice

by Michael K. Honey

Redemption: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Last 31 Hours

by Joseph Rosenbloom

The Heavens Might Crack: The Death and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

by Jason Sokol

The Seminarian: Martin Luther King Jr. Comes of Age

by Patrick Parr

To Shape a New World: Essays on the Political Philosophy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

edited by Tommie Shelby and Brandon M. Terry

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November 8, 2018 issue

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