Author Archives: David Roediger

The High Costs of Provincialism

IN THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS department where I teach, the golf pencils used in student evaluations of faculty at semester‘s end have to be signed out and dutifully returned to staff. Obsessive re-collecting of the tiny pencils always gets a … Continue reading

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Unfinished Business: Will Not Talking about Race Undermine Racism?

When Obama’s primary campaign seemed to be heading for victory in early March 2008, he came under sharp attack from conservatives in the media and from the Hillary Clinton campaign for his relationship with Reverend Jeremiah Wright, the former pastor … Continue reading

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Land Of The Chief & Home Of Modern Blackface Minstrelsy

U OF I GRADUATE SAMSON RAPHAELSON is enjoying a nice little comeback, a quarter of a century after his death. Members of the marching band might recognize the name. A song that he co-authored in the 1920s has recently turned … Continue reading

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