Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Aram Goudsouzian

Extinguishing Shadows

Leta McCollough Seletzky’s The Kneeling Man explores the complex story behind an iconic photograph

In The Kneeling Man, Leta McCollough Seletzky tells the story of her father, an undercover policeman who posed as a Black militant during the 1968 sanitation strike in Memphis.

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Supremes and Extremes

Daniel Kiel analyzes race, citizenship, and education through the lenses of Thurgood Marshall and Clarence Thomas

In The Transition, University of Memphis law professor Daniel Kiel tracks the experiences and ideas of the first two Black Supreme Court justices, Thurgood Marshall and Clarence Thomas. Kiel will discuss the book at Novel in Memphis on April 13.

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In Myth America, liberal historians fight back against conservative myths

Led by Kevin Kruse and Julian Zelizer, 20 scholars challenge the fables and fabrications that plague our understanding of American history.

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Pack Man

Michael Nelson analyzes FDR’s ill-fated court-packing plan of 1937

In Vaulting Ambition, Michael Nelson explains the flawed decisions that led to one of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s greatest missteps: his 1937 plan to add new justices to the Supreme Court. Nelson will appear in conversation with Joe Birch at Novel in Memphis on March 5.

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Souled Out

Thomas Healy chronicles the creation of a planned Black city in 1970s North Carolina 

In Soul City, Thomas Healy tells the epic, tragic, and potent story of founding a new, Black-oriented community in 1970s North Carolina. Healy will discuss Soul City at a virtual event held on Facebook Live, on the page of the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change, on November 15.

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Stuck to the Bones

Margaret A. Burnham examines racist violence in the Jim Crow South

In By Hands Now Known, Margaret Burnham tells an intimate, large-scale, and tragic story of racial violence in the American South from 1920 to 1960. Burnham will be at Novel in Memphis on October 13 and at the 2022 Southern Festival of Books in Nashville on October 14-16.

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