Jason Sokol

discusses

All Eyes Are Upon Us:
Race and Politics from Boston to Brooklyn

Co-sponsored by the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University

This event includes a book signing

Date

Dec
5
Friday
December 5, 2014
4:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes historian JASON SOKOL for a discussion of his latest book, All Eyes Are Upon Us: Race and Politics from Boston to Brooklyn.

The Northeastern United States—home to abolitionism and a refuge for blacks fleeing the Jim Crow South—has had a long and celebrated history of racial equality and political liberalism. After World War II, the region appeared poised to continue this legacy, electing black politicians and rallying behind black athletes and cultural leaders. However, as Jason Sokol reveals in All Eyes Are Upon Us, these achievements obscured the harsh reality of a region riven by segregation and deep-seated racism.

White fans from across Brooklyn—Irish, Jewish, and Italian—came out to support Jackie Robinson when he broke baseball’s color barrier with the Dodgers in 1947, even as the city’s blacks were shunted into segregated neighborhoods. The African-American politician Ed Brooke won a senate seat in Massachusetts in 1966, when the state was 97% white, yet his political career was undone by the resistance to busing in Boston. Across the Northeast over the last half-century, blacks have encountered housing and employment discrimination as well as racial violence. But the gap between the northern ideal and the region’s segregated reality left small but meaningful room for racial progress. Forced to reckon with the disparity between their racial practices and their racial preaching, blacks and whites forged interracial coalitions and demanded that the region live up to its promise of equal opportunity.

A revelatory account of the tumultuous modern history of race and politics in the Northeast, All Eyes Are Upon Us presents the Northeast as a microcosm of America as a whole: outwardly democratic, inwardly conflicted, but always striving to live up to its highest ideals.

Jason Sokol
Jason Sokol

Jason Sokol

Jason Sokol is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire and a Non-Resident Fellow at Harvard's W.E.B. Du Bois Institute. The author of There Goes My Everything, Sokol lives in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

Photo Credit: Nina Morrison

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