“Youneverknow:” My Journey into Afro-Latino History and Culture

by Eric M. Washington. On September 8, 2015 Joaquin Andujar died. The vast majority of the readers of this blog have no idea who this man was. When I learned of his death, it reminded me of why I study what I study and of whom I study. Joaquin Andujar was a former Major League …

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I, Too, Am a Southerner

by Eric M. Washington. I, too, am a Son of the South, but of a different sort than Dylann Roof, the accused murderer of nine members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. According to an op-ed published in The Chicago Tribune, one of Roof’s classmates stated that Roof “had that …

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Re-Orienting the Contemporary Narrative of African Americans in Baseball

by Eric M. Washington. It is very late on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. This particular day and year marks the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Many historians and Americans in general consider Lincoln that most significant president in this country’s history. He was the first Republican to win a presidential election, and of course …

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February is over: What does an African-American Historian do in March?

by Eric M. Washington. For African-American historians, February can be a busy month. For me, I did a podcast for the Reformed African American Network, I give a short presentation to AHANA[1] students here at Calvin about my journey into African-American history, and I gave a short presentation on the history and centrality of Black …

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Gordon Wood on Bernard Bailyn: American Religious History and ‘An Honest Picture of the Past’

by Kristin Du Mez. [This piece originally appeared as a guest contribution to Religion in American History. The first portion is republished here with permission of the author.] I wasn’t going to write on Gordon Wood and Bernard Bailyn. I’m not a colonialist. It’s been years since I’ve read their work, which in my recollection is far and …

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Ferguson as History

by Eric Washington. Last summer as I prepared my scheduled readings for my African-American history course, the background noise on my living room television reverberated with the tense voices of journalists and people all unnerved in the St. Louis County city of Ferguson. On August 9, 2014, Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed …

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