Chapter 16
A Community of Tennessee Writers, Readers & Passersby

Aram Goudsouzian

Europe’s Exodus

Tara Zahra’s The Great Departure gives a sweeping history of European migration to the U.S.

In The Great Departure, Tara Zahra chronicles the complicated meanings of European migration to the United States. The MacArthur Fellow will speak on March 14 at the University of Memphis.

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A Park for the People

Brooks Lamb tells the history of Overton Park through the eyes of Memphians

In Overton Park: A People’s History, Brooks Lamb, a 2017 graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis, recounts the long and vibrant history of the park at the heart of Midtown Memphis.

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How We Got Into This Mess

In Fault Lines, Kevin M. Kruse and Julian E. Zelizer explain the origins of political polarization

In Fault Lines, Princeton University historian Kevin M. Kruse, a Nashville native—along with his co-author and Princeton colleague, Julian E. Zelizer—has written a lively and insightful look at American history since 1974, with a particular emphasis on explaining our current partisan political culture.

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Crime and Punishment (and Race)

James Forman Jr. discusses his Pulitzer-winning book on mass incarceration, Locking Up Our Own

In Locking Up Our Own, James Forman Jr. intertwines policy and personal experience in a powerful account of crime and race in Washington D.C. Forman will discuss the book upon accepting the annual book award from the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis on January 31.

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Leaving White Supremacy

Eli Saslow’s Rising Out of Hatred recounts one man’s confrontation with his own racism

In Rising Out of Hatred, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Eli Saslow tells the story of Derek Black, a former white nationalist who now speaks out against racism. Saslow will give a free public lecture at the University of Memphis on January 23.

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Why Elections Matter

Keel Hunt recalls a time when bipartisan politics forged a better Tennessee

In Crossing the Aisle, Nashville reporter Keel Hunt investigates the political conditions that spurred Tennessee’s economic progress during the 1980s and 1990s.

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