Sarah Churchwell is a Professor of American Literature and Chair of Public Understanding of the Humanities at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. Her book Behold America: The Entangled History of “America First” and “The American Dream” was published last year. (October 2020)
The Racist History of US Immigration
Discussions of eugenics and other fascistic ideas in American history tend to provoke the defense that they never took root. But if they never took root, why do they keep flowering?
The Guarded Gate: Bigotry, Eugenics, and the Law That Kept Two Generations of Jews, Italians, and Other European Immigrants Out of America
by Daniel Okrent
September 26, 2019 issue
‘The Lehman Trilogy’ and Wall Street’s Debt to Slavery
For a century and more, the conventional wisdom about the evolution of the financial systems embodied in institutions like Lehman Brothers was that modern American capitalism was built not on the slave economy, but on its collapse. That story retains its cultural grip.
June 11, 2019
America’s Original Identity Politics
There are no pre-identity politics, just as there are no pre-identity economics, in a country in which political, economic, and legal rights were only ever granted to some identity groups and not to others. Virtually every major event in the long and troubled history of the United States was a direct consequence of identity politics.
February 7, 2019