Virtual Event: Walter Johnson
The Broken Heart of America:
St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States
in conversation with DE NICHOLS
June 11, 2020
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Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes WALTER JOHNSON—Winthrop Professor of History and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University—for a discussion of his latest book The Broken Heart of America: St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States. He will be joined in conversation by designer and social entrepreneur DE NICHOLS.
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About The Broken Heart of America
From Lewis and Clark's 1804 expedition to the 2014 uprising in Ferguson, American history has been made in St. Louis. And as Walter Johnson shows in this searing book, the city exemplifies how imperialism, racism, and capitalism have persistently entwined to corrupt the nation's past.
St. Louis was a staging post for Indian removal and imperial expansion, and its wealth grew on the backs of its poor black residents, from slavery through redlining and urban renewal. But it was once also America's most radical city, home to anti-capitalist immigrants, the Civil War's first general emancipation, and the nation's first general strike—a legacy of resistance that endures.
A blistering history of a city's rise and decline, The Broken Heart of America will forever change how we think about the United States.
Praise for The Broken Heart of America
"A magisterial history of the emergence and development of racial capitalism and the rise and decline of American empire examined through the lens of St. Louis . . . The Broken Heart of America tells the best story of America that we have in the spirit of W. E. B. Du Bois. Walter Johnson is one of our very few great US historians!" —Cornel West
"A masterpiece that both haunts and inspires . . . a story that powerfully lifts up the human beings who, in 2014, stood together in Ferguson to demand accountability for the layered injustices that have so scarred not just one city—but America itself." —Heather Ann Thompson
"A narrative of unrelenting, justified outrage grounded in impressive scholarship . . . Every chapter includes searing, unforgettable examples . . . The epilogue offers hope, however minimal . . . A well-rendered, incisive exploration." —Kirkus Reviews
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