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Robert Cantwell: A Northwest Writer Reworks American Fiction

Robert Cantwell—pioneer of the modern Pacific Northwest novel and Ernest Hemingway’s “best bet” for American fiction—has remained relatively unknown in the history of American literature. Until now. 654 more words

Pacific Northwest

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Robert Cantwell was novelist, editor, critic and left-wing political activist. His first book of fiction, The Land of Plenty, garnered attention from his fellow authors including Ernest Hemingway who pronounced him the "best bet" for the best author of his generation. Ultimately, he did not become the voice of his generation. Instead, he made his living working as an editor for Time, Fortune, Newsweek, and Sports Illustrated. T. V. Reed examines the writings and life of Robert Cantwell in his new book published by the University of Washington Press, Robert Cantwell and the Literary Left. Reed stated in his University of Press Blog post that he he hopes his new book will remind readers "that social class inequality in America is a key fact we must face head-on if we are to honor out pledge of liberty and justice for all."

The Counter-Revolution of 1776 and the Construction of Whiteness - Gerald Horne on Reality Asserts Itself 3/6

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On Reality Asserts Itself Mr. Horne says that the defense of massive profits from the slave trade and fear of slave rebellions was an important impetus for the American Revolution –   August 20, 2014

Politics, World Affairs & Current Events

American Shadow

The following is a short story based on a prompt at Ireadencylopedias.wordpress.com. The prompt follows two simple rules: it must incorporate the line “What am I supposed to do with this?” and must be a piece of historical fiction. 790 more words

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The Black Scare and the Democratic Party - Gerald Horne on Reality Asserts Itself 2/6

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Mr. Horne says the Democrats are heavily dependent upon black votes, but afraid of defending their interests out of fear of alienating cross-class racism deeply entrenched in American history –   August 19, 2014

Politics, World Affairs & Current Events

The Price of NAACP Compromise was Too High - Gerald Horne on Reality Asserts Itself 1/6

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Mr. Horne, author of The Counter-Revolution of 1776, says it was a turning point in the history of black America when the NAACP succumbed to the pressures of the Cold War – the affects of which are still felt today –   August 18, 2014

Politics, World Affairs & Current Events

USHIST: Catching up

Your reading assignment for Wednesday was pp. 371-373 and this Dred Scott excerpt. Annotate the excerpt and be prepared to discuss in class on Wednesday.

US History

The Points Interview: Hadar Aviram

Editor’s Note: Today’s interview features Hadar Aviram, a professor of law and the Harry and Lillian Hastings Research Chair at the University of California’s Hastings College of Law. 582 more words

Points Interviews

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The Points blog has an interview Hadar Aviram about her new book Cheap on Crime. It describes how the financial crisis of 2009 has led to states rethinking policies of mass incarceration, the Drug War, the legalization of marijuana and sentencing policies. The costs associated with these policies make much less sense in an era of dwindling state budgets.