Anderson in ‘The Guardian’: “In 1919, the state failed to protect black Americans. A century later, it’s still failing”

Dr. Carol Anderson,  Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies and Chair of African American Studies, recently published an opinion piece in The Guardian. Anderson analyzes parallels between the wave of anti-black lynchings and race riots in 1919 – which came to be known as the “Red Summer” – and today. An associated faculty member in the Department of History, Anderson is, most recently, the author of One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy (Bloomsbury, 2018). Read an excerpt from her timely article in The Guardian below, along with the full piece: “In 1919, the state failed to protect black Americans. A century later, it’s still failing.”

“As in 1919, we are dealing with an America where black and brown people must go into the streets to demand their rights because the institutions of democracy have failed to protect them. In 2020, we have a nation where large swaths of the executive, legislative and judicial branches at the federal and state levels have virtually abandoned millions of American citizens.”



Allitt’s Insights on the History of U.S. City Life Featured on ‘The Great Courses Daily’

Dr. Patrick N. Allitt, Cahoon Family Professor of American History, has contributed eight lecture series to the website The Great Courses. Each day the editors of that site apply content from one of their courses to a current event making headlines. This past week they featured content from Allitt’s “History of the United States” course for a piece entitled “COVID-19 Prompts Look at the Past and Future of City Life.”

History Faculty and Students Receive Grants from The Halle Institute for Global Research

Over the past academic year History Department faculty and graduate and undergraduate students received numerous grants from Emory’s Halle Institute for Global Research. View the History Department awardees and their projects below, and see the full list of Halle grant recipients from across Emory’s campuses.

URC-Halle International Research Award:

  • Astrid M. Eckert – “Germany and the Global Commons: Environment, Diplomacy, and the Market”
  • Pablo Palomino – “Carnivore Capitalism: A Global Cultural History of Argentine Beef”

Halle-CFDE Global Atlanta Innovative Teaching (GAIT) Grant:

Undergraduate Global Research Fellows, 2020-21:

  • Nayive Gaytán – “Disappearing Acts?: Pueblos Mágicos and the Politics of Erasure,” Emory College of Arts and Sciences: Spanish and History

Graduate Global Research Fellows, 2020-21:

  • Georgia Brunner – “Cultivating a Nation: Gender and the Political Economies of Nationalism in Late Colonial Rwanda”

Dudziak and Fellow Contributing Authors Discuss ‘World War II and the West It Wrought’ (Stanford UP, 2020) in Virtual Event

Prof. Mary L. Dudziak, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law, is a contributing author of the new book World War II and the West It Wrought (Stanford University Press, 2020). Dudziak recently participated in an webinar with the volume’s contributors: Mark Brilliant, Geraldo L. Cadava, Matthew Dallek, Jared Farmer, David M. Kennedy, Daniel J. Kevles, Rebecca Jo Plant, Gavin Wright, and Richard White. See the event, streamed on YouTube, below:


Palomino Publishes ‘The Invention of Latin American Music’ with Oxford UP


Dr. Pablo Palomino, Assistant Professor of Latin American & Caribbean Studies and Mellon Faculty Fellow at Oxford College, has published The Invention of Latin American Music: A Transnational History with Oxford University Press. The book charts how distinct musical styles of geographically and ethnically heterogeneous regions came to fall under the single category of “Latin American Music” by the mid-twentieth century. Palomino’s transnational study captures how music was a privileged field for the construction and dissemination of Latin Americanness throughout the region and in global cultural marketplaces. Read a review of The Invention of Latin American Music from Mauricio Tenorio-Trillo, Samuel N. Harper Professor of History at The University of Chicago, below.

“‘Latin America’, Palomino shows, was never a distinctive and coherent song or symphony; it has been a contentious key to play sundry very local and very global cultural trends. Palomino provides the first and best more-than-national account of the lasting background music of the 20th century, whose Latin Americanness was neither in the non-Westernness nor in the uniqueness of its musical scores or lyrics, but in the very struggle to play notes, to sing feelings, this way today, that other way tomorrow, producing thus collective memories which, albeit never wholly Latin American, gradually fulfilled Joaquim Nabuco’s old sense of being: ‘We are but a drop of water in the ocean. Let us be cognizant that we are water droplets, but let us also be aware that we are ocean.'” — Mauricio Tenorio-Trillo, Samuel N. Harper Professor of History, The University of Chicago