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January 23, 2013 8:45 AM A Free Event for Political Animal Readers This Friday in DC

By Paul Glastris

If any of you are in DC this Friday, you’re welcome to attend a free live event we’re having at the New America Foundation to discuss the cover package in the latest issue of the magazine, “Race, History, and Obama’s Second Term.” The panel will feature two Pulitzer prize-winning authors, M.L. King biographer Taylor Branch and Douglas Blackmon, whose piece in the new issue, on how defacto black slavery continued in the South right up to World War II, will blow your mind. Also on the panel will be the eminent African American scholar Elijah Anderson, whose essay “Emmett and Trayvon,” is also not to be missed.

The event is January 25th, from 10 AM to noon, at the New America Foundation, 1899 L Street NW Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036. For more information and reservations click here.

Paul Glastris is the editor in chief of the Washington Monthly.


  • Russell Sadler on January 23, 2013 12:00 PM:

    I would join you if I could, but it's a long trip from the other side of the continent without the benefit of Scotty's transporter beam ;-)

    Still I would like to urge all your readers to check out Douglas Blackmon's bone-chilling, terrifying description of the South's ad hoc restoration of slavery and human trafficing that lasted well into the 20th century. Mississippi even tried it again during the first decade of the 21st century with debtors. Only an injunction by a federal judge halted the practice. It seems the Southern Patrons have been deciding which laws they will obey and which they won't for a long time now. If you are able, go hear Douglas Blackmon talk about this. It's an astonishing piece of modern American history.