Historian Gregory Downs is
the guest on this week's edition ofThe
Chauncey DeVega Show.
Dr. Downs is the author of the new book After
which offers an analysis of the post Civil War era South,
Reconstruction, American freedom, and the struggle for
African-Americans to defend their newly one gains in the face of
white racial terrorism. Professor Downs' new book is an excellent
history of American politics and a corrective to misunderstandings
about the Civil War and its aftermath. Dr. Downs also writes for The New York
its on-going series on the American Civil War.
Gregory does some great teaching and sharing in this episode
of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He disabuses
Chauncey--in a very nice way--of some of his misconceptions about
the United States Constitution and its relationship to chattel
slavery, shares his thoughts on writing for a popular audience
in The New York Times, and explains the particular
historical relationship that Black America has with the United
States government and why the Black Freedom Struggle can be
described as being "emancipated into the arms of the
Chauncey and Greg also do some sharing about graphic novels and
other "popular" depictions of American history.
In this episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show
also talks about the Bill Cosby sex scandal and the misunderstood racial politics of The
, shares some thoughts about Ta-Nehisi Coates'
new book, and tells a tale of intrigue and crime while applying his
Sherlock Holmes-like powers of detection and investigation to solve
a local mystery.