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Merengue
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 195

Merengue

Merengue-the quintessential Dominican dance music-has a long and complex history, both on the island and in the large immigrant community in New York City. In this ambitious work, Paul Austerlitz unravels the African and Iberian roots of merengue and traces its growth under dictator Rafael Trujillo and its renewed popularity as an international music.Using extensive interviews as well as written commentaries, Austerlitz examines the historical and contemporary contexts in which merengue is performed and danced, its symbolic significance, its social functions, and its musical and choreographic structures. He tells the tale of merengue's political functions, and of its class and racial signifi...

Damaged Goods?
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 264

Damaged Goods?

How living with a chronic, stigmatizing, and contagious disease transforms women's lives.

Muhammad Ali
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 233

Muhammad Ali

Chronicles the life of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali--born Cassius Clay--and focuses on his pre-champion bouts, his career management, legacy, and promotion.

Demanding Respect
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 260

Demanding Respect

From pulp comics to Maus, the story of the growth of comics in American culture.

The Baltimore Book
  • Language: en

The Baltimore Book

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1991
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  • Publisher: Unknown

Baltimore has a long, colorful history that traditionally has been focused on famous men, social elites, and patriotic events. The Baltimore Book is both a history of "the other Baltimore" and a tour guide to places in the city that are important to labor, African American, and women's history. The book grew out of a popular local bus tour conducted by public historians, the People's History Tour of Baltimore, that began in 1982. This book records and adds sites to that tour; provides maps, photographs, and contemporary documents; and includes interviews with some of the uncelebrated people whose experiences as Baltimoreans reflect more about the city than Francis Scott Key ever did. The tou...

Comprehending Columbine
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 264

Comprehending Columbine

The definitive book on the school massacre that shocked a nation.

How Racism Takes Place
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 310

How Racism Takes Place

How racism shapes urban spaces and how African Americans create vibrant communities that offer models for more equitable social arrangements.

History and September 11th
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 273

History and September 11th

This collection of essays sets the attacks on the United States in historical perspective. It rejects the notion of an age-old 'clash of civilizations' and instead examines the histories of American nationalism, anti-Americanism, US foreign policy and Islamic fundamentalism amongst other topics.

Animals Property & The Law
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 368

Animals Property & The Law

  • Categories: Law

"Pain is pain, irrespective of the race, sex, or species of the victim," states William Kunstler in his foreword. This moral concern for the suffering of animals and their legal status is the basis for Gary L. Francione's profound book, which asks, Why has the law failed to protect animals from exploitation? Francione argues that the current legal standard of animal welfare does not and cannot establish fights for animals. As long as they are viewed as property, animals will be subject to suffering for the social and economic benefit of human beings. Exploring every facet of this heated issue, Francione discusses the history of the treatment of animals, anticruelty statutes, vivisection, the Federal Animal Welfare Act, and specific cases such as the controversial injury of anaesthetized baboons at the University of Pennsylvania. He thoroughly documents the paradoxical gap between our professed concern with humane treatment of animals and the overriding practice of abuse permitted by U.S. law.

Resentment's Virtue
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 256

Resentment's Virtue

Most current talk of forgiveness and reconciliation in the aftermath of collective violence proceeds from an assumption that forgiveness is always superior to resentment and refusal to forgive. Victims who demonstrate a willingness to forgive are often celebrated as virtuous moral models, while those who refuse to forgive are frequently seen as suffering from a pathology. Resentment is viewed as a negative state, held by victims who are not "ready" or "capable" of forgiving and healing. Resentment's Virtue offers a new, more nuanced view. Building on the writings of Holocaust survivor Jean Améry and the work of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Thomas Brudholm argues that the preservation of resentment can be the reflex of a moral protest that might be as permissible, humane or honorable as the willingness to forgive. Taking into account the experiences of victims, the findings of truth commissions, and studies of mass atrocities, Brudholm seeks to enrich the philosophical understanding of resentment.