Thursday, May 21, 2015

St. Louis-born author's new book challenges traditional American narratives

""As the situation in Ferguson or Baltimore or Staten Island, the kinds of crises that we are seeing in so many places and cases suggest, we cannot really go forward until we come to terms with the past. And part of coming to terms with the past requires that we understand the past. And it’s not only historical facts and the amazing work that historians and sociologists and political scientists do, but also art can illuminate the past in ways that very few other things can. I feel like that with this book and other texts they help to enlighten us about the past in ways that can be very very, productive for understanding where we’ll be going in the future."-- 

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