Thursday, May 14, 2009

Black Power and American History

Now on YouTube-- hear Vanderbilt University history professor Devin Fergus discuss his new book:

Part 1Part 2

In this clip, Fergus is interviewed by colleague Gary Gerstle about LIBERALISM, BLACK POWER AND THE MAKING OF AMERICAN POLITICS, 1965-1980.

In the interview, Gerstle presses Fergus to explain how his book relates the recent resurgence of scholarship on the Black Power movement in the U.S. Fergus makes a case for the need to reinsert Black Power into a broader narrative of American history. In particular, Fergus argues that it is important to find an account of the Civil Rights Movement and the decades that followed that "asserts the agency of black Americans," placing Black Power more centrally in that history.

The book will launch at Davis-Kidd Booksellers in Nashville on Tuesday, May 26 at 7 pm.

Coverage of a recent visit to Oklahoma can be found here.

In further news, Fergus has been awarded a fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars for the 2009-2010 academic year.

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