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History of the Present (2015) 5 (1): 95–108.
Published: 01 April 2015
...Andrew N. Rubin Copyright © 2015 University of Illinois Press 2015 Orientalism and the History ofWestem Anti-Semitism: The Coming End ofan American Taboo AndrewN. Rubin At the very end ofthe introduction to Orienta/ism, Edward W. Said makes the peculiar observation that as he was writing...
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History of the Present (2020) 10 (2): 187–207.
Published: 01 October 2020
...Kristina L. Richardson Abstract This essay proposes that the invisibility of so-called Gypsies in Middle Eastern and Central Asian historiography derives from two linked phenomena. First, the work of nineteenth- and twentieth-century European and North American philologists, medievalists...
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History of the Present (2022) 12 (2): 207–240.
Published: 01 October 2022
... a salary cap to regain control over players’ remuneration. This not only raised revenue but assimilated its growing population of African American players to traditional workplace norms that simultaneously attempted to counter racist stereotypes about their “natural” talents and legitimized ideas...
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History of the Present (2023) 13 (2): 275–283.
Published: 01 October 2023
...Brian Connolly Abstract This essay engages the dismissal of presentism and identity politics by the former president of the American Historical Association. In doing so, the essay argues that his essay shares a rhetorical style with other intellectuals and politicians that can aptly be called...
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History of the Present (2023) 13 (2): 245–264.
Published: 01 October 2023
...Nadia Abu El-Haj Abstract In 1984, Edward Said argued that Palestinians had not yet gained “permission to narrate,” that is, a Palestinian national narrative of exile and colonization remained unintelligible in the Euro-American world. Forty years hence, much has changed. And yet, this essay asks...
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History of the Present (2024) 14 (1): 20–49.
Published: 01 April 2024
... Maybe: An American Grammar Book.” Though Spillers is not generally regarded as either a Black Marxist or a Marxist feminist, the essay argues that she ought to be recognized as a theorist of racialized (re)productive accumulation—a process that begins aboard the slave ship, persists on the plantation...
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History of the Present (2014) 4 (1): 23–48.
Published: 01 April 2014
...Jay Garcia Copyright © 2014 University of Illinois Press 2014 "An Attitude That Could Act Upon Modernity": Versions ofJean Toomer Jay Garcia 1. In an interview conducted in the 1970s, the black American painter Aaron Douglas was asked about the writer Jean Toomer, whose modernist classic Cane...
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History of the Present (2021) 11 (1): 1.
Published: 01 April 2021
... Copyright © 2021 by Duke University Press 2021 When we founded History of the Present , we asked Amy Kaplan to join the journal’s advisory board because we considered her work to embody our vision of critical history. She was trained not as a historian but as a scholar of American...
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History of the Present (2020) 10 (1): 46–66.
Published: 01 April 2020
..., Oakes would continue in his former occupation, working as a “real estate broker” and profiting through the sale of estates (Drago 5). In this way, slavery-based accumulations established the preconditions for post-slavery, former slaveholder dominance. Following the end of the American Civil War...
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History of the Present (2022) 12 (2): 271–282.
Published: 01 October 2022
... of charms; it is the power to control the spell and its results. For Americans living in 1940, the illusion of control, especially in economic matters, must certainly have seemed a feat that only magicians could achieve. In our own crises of capitalism some sixty years later, the cultural anxieties...
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History of the Present (2013) 3 (1): 1–28.
Published: 01 April 2013
... interrogation room has remained folded within the history of a war whose contours are largely absent from mainstream American consciousness: the Korean War of the early 1950s. During the war, the US military interrogation room emerged onto the global media stage not for reasons oftorture, but for an entirely...
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History of the Present (2023) 13 (2): 141–165.
Published: 01 October 2023
..., Upper Mattaponi, and Rappahannock tribes—and pay our respect to their tribal members past and present.” The institution’s intention and contextual understanding of the acknowledgment is elaborated on a subpage of the university’s website for its American Indian Resource Center. Explaining what a land...
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History of the Present (2019) 9 (1): 55–83.
Published: 01 April 2019
..., the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Second, drawing on the crucial insights of W.E.B. Du Bois and James Baldwin, we explain the overlooked but insistent presence of Black people, as well as Native Americans and other Indigenous peoples, in precolonial Koreans' racial discourse: imag­ ining...
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History of the Present (2016) 6 (2): 133–145.
Published: 01 October 2016
... specific Anglo-American literary genre our norm and ideal; we let an archive of slavery metonymically stand in for the archive of slavery. Yet the genre of autobiography does not epitomize the archives of slavery, and it did not come into being by some general ontological necessity. Rather, the genre...
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History of the Present (2023) 13 (2): 265–274.
Published: 01 October 2023
... in the public sphere. ekleinberg@wesleyan.edu Copyright © 2023 by Duke University Press 2023 presentism history American Historical Association Sitting in the lobby of the Philadelphia Marriott at the 2023 annual convention of the American Historical Association, one would never know...
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History of the Present (2018) 8 (2): 140–176.
Published: 01 October 2018
... examples include Nanny in Jamaica and Boukman in Haiti. Conjure, or Hoodoo as it is sometimes called, is a North American variant of the religious, magical, and healing traditions that formed an important component ofthepoliticaland intellectuallives ofmany Africans and people History ofthe Present...
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History of the Present (2024) 14 (1): 50–80.
Published: 01 April 2024
... to make provision for mothers, children, and elders during the Great Depression, bringing care labor into the public sphere, and its original advocates very much sought to include all US American geographies in it ( Koven and Michel 277–320; Ladd-Taylor ). It was, however, most effective for whites...
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History of the Present (2021) 11 (1): 2–22.
Published: 01 April 2021
... Americans, before being trapped underground by an earthquake. In making the Anthropoptera “the first inhabitants of this continent,” Parker leverages Mammoth Cave’s Black underground in the service of settler colonialism to displace Indigenous land claims. Foreclosing the connection between...
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History of the Present (2024) 14 (1): 81–107.
Published: 01 April 2024
... escaped a trader. Introducing him to readers, Jacobs offers his backstory, one of the few accounts of same-sex sexual violence in the archives of North American slavery. It begins with the death of Luke’s master and Luke’s transfer as property to the master’s profligate son, who required constant bedside...
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History of the Present (2024) 14 (1): 174–191.
Published: 01 April 2024
... of white girls (together with reports of their eager use of the pill and then legal abortion) was a threat to a key marker of race difference, one can say, a threat to white supremacy . Election results and public opinion polls in the 1970s showed that a majority of white Americans (definitely those...