Interviews

By Kevin C. Brown | Housing, Race
N.D.B. Connolly, a professor of history at Johns Hopkins University, is the author of the book, A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida. Connolly’s work delves into the way that real estate strengthened segregation in greater Miami from the early 1900s into the post-Jim Crow era. As Miami’s population boomed, where residents came to live was limited by strict lines drawn through the region’s geography, lines that divided white and black, workers and elites. More
By Kevin C. Brown | Education
An interview with Robert Townsend on how the history profession narrowed over time, who became marginalized, and why it is important to value things other than the production of book-length manuscripts on narrowly defined subjects. More
By Kevin C. Brown | NYC, Politics
An interview with the editor of a new collection of essays on John Lindsay’s mayoralty. A very different time in New York City, and a very different vision of governing it. More
By Kevin C. Brown | Energy, Environment
An interview with Kate Brown, the author of "Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters." More
By Kevin C. Brown | Corporations, Politics
Benjamin Waterhouse's new book, “Lobbying America: The Politics of Business from Nixon to NAFTA,” follows the role that business associations — particularly the Business Roundtable, the US Chamber of Commerce, and the National Association of Manufacturers — played in the conservative drift in American politics since the early 1970s. In this History for the Future interview, Waterhouse discusses how business changed the tenor of political discourse (and fought off Ralph Nader and “consumerists”). He also rejects the notion that the U.S. doesn’t have an “industrial policy” — it’s just an industrial policy that has favored large firms through policies like NAFTA. More
By Kevin C. Brown | Unions
Jake Rosenfeld's "What Unions No Longer Do" brings us face to face with the enormous consequences of the long-term decline of the labor movement. While it's an account that is quite pessimistic, Rosenfeld does see some hope in recent developments. More

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