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    Book Review: They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South by Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers

Book Review: They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South by Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers

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In They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South, Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers challenges the idea that white women were passive bystanders to the slave economy in the US, instead demonstrating their active participation in its structures of brutality and exploitation. Compellingly written and centring the testimonies of formerly enslaved people, this award-winning book is an important […]

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    Why Donald Trump’s impeachment should not be as meaningless as Andrew Jackson’s censure

Why Donald Trump’s impeachment should not be as meaningless as Andrew Jackson’s censure

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Last week, Donald Trump became the first president to be impeached twice by the US House of Representatives. Drawing comparisons with President Andrew Jackson’s congressional censure in 1834, Laura Ellyn Smith writes that impeachment without removal from office, or preventing Trump from holding office again, would establish impeachment as a merely symbolic act with little power to deter presidential […]

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    Recent events show the strong need for Joe Biden to return to the democratic impulses of the Great Society

Recent events show the strong need for Joe Biden to return to the democratic impulses of the Great Society

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The first week of January was marked by two significant events in US politics: the run-off election victories in Georgia of Democrats Raphael Warnock and John Ossoff, giving the party control of the US Senate; and the invasion of the Capitol by insurrectionists seeking to disrupt the transition of power from Donald Trump to Joe Biden. Ryan LaRochelle writes […]

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    Enslavers dominated Southern politics long after the Civil War ended

Enslavers dominated Southern politics long after the Civil War ended

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Before the Civil War, the politics and economy of the Southern US were dominated by those who practiced immoral – but at the time legally permissible – forced enslavement. In new research, Luna Bellani, Anselm Hager, and Stephan Maurer find that the power of enslavers continued following the end of the Civil War. By examining a database of […]

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    The Ballpark Podcast Extra Innings: The Great Debate Over Race in America

The Ballpark Podcast Extra Innings: The Great Debate Over Race in America

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On the 30th of January 2020, Professor Nicholas Buccola joined the LSE US Centre for the event, “James Baldwin vs. William F. Buckley: The Great Debate over Race in America”. The event was chaired by Dr. Clive James Nwonka, a Visiting Fellow in the International Inequalities Institute and affiliate of the US Centre. At the event, Professor Buccola spoke […]

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    Book Review: The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes by Zachary D. Carter

Book Review: The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes by Zachary D. Carter

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In The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes, Zachary D. Carter offers a new intellectual biography tracing the life and legacy of the influential economist, which argues that in the years since Keynes’s death, Keynesian economics has been stripped of Keynesian thought. Weaving together a dazzling array of Keynes’s private letters, journalistic works and academic research, […]

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    In 2020, US politics are once again a volatile cauldron. Both progress and disappointment are the likely result.

In 2020, US politics are once again a volatile cauldron. Both progress and disappointment are the likely result.

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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” Charles Dickens wrote the famous opening line of A Tale of Two Cities in 1859, but it feels very appropriate in the United States of 2020. But which of the two clauses deserves the most emphasis today? Ron Pruessen argues that history tells us that neither can […]

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    Book Review: Women’s War: Fighting and Surviving the American Civil War by Stephanie McCurry

Book Review: Women’s War: Fighting and Surviving the American Civil War by Stephanie McCurry

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In Women’s War: Fighting and Surviving the American Civil War, Stephanie McCurry challenges the tendency to position women outside of histories of conflict, examining the roles played by different groups of women during the US Civil War and its aftermath. The study collapses the gendered separation of war and women by positioning women as an integral part of military […]

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    Book Review: Billionaire Wilderness: The Ultra-Wealthy and the Remaking of the American West by Justin Farrell

Book Review: Billionaire Wilderness: The Ultra-Wealthy and the Remaking of the American West by Justin Farrell

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In Billionaire Wilderness: The Ultra-Wealthy and the Remaking of the American West, Justin Farrell examines the lives of the ultra-wealthy who make Teton County, Wyoming, the richest county in the United States, focusing on their views towards each other, the environment and the county’s working-class community. While this ambitious study raises more questions than it provides definite answers about […]

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    Long Read: As in 1968, in 2020 Americans face a defining choice

Long Read: As in 1968, in 2020 Americans face a defining choice

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More than fifty years ago a US presidential election was similarly marked by protests over racial inequality. Effie Pedaliu writes that in 1968, following the murders of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy, Americans came face to face with the country’s inability to build an equitable and racially harmonious society, and chose the Republican, Richard Nixon to […]

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