July 21st, 2013

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Some thoughts on race, economics, and history

I was doing some reading recently on an area of American history that isn't covered very well in any courses I've ever taken: the late 19th Century and the dawn of modern race relations. Most U.S. History courses spend only token amounts of time on Reconstruction and then shift focus from the South and its problems to the story of urbanization, immigration, tycoons, tariffs, and imperialism. As a result, the story of the competing visions of Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois is usually ignored, though it sets the stage for everything else we know about race relations in the the last hundred years.Collapse )