This month sees the UK cinema release of Steve McQueen’s brilliant and brutal new film, 12 Years a Slave. McQueen has been vocal in condemning cinema’s wariness in confronting the subjects of slavery and race, and his film has galvanized a new interest in the unspeakably ugly period in American history.
Based on Solomon Northup’s 1853 documentary, 12 Years a Slave takes an unflinching look at the story of a free black man from New York who is abducted and sold into slavery.
Verso has long held a commitment to telling similar stories, and we now present a selection of books as the essential starting point for those looking to learn more about the roots, events and legacies of slavery and racial tensions in America and the world.
The ninth installment of Intelatin producer Sergio Muñoz's discussion series with Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life co-author Karen Fields is now available online. Featuring guest Dr. Asia Leeds, professor of African Diaspora Studies at Spelman College, and led by K-Beach radio host Miz, this installation take the Fields' work out of the continental US and applies it to the entire Western hemisphere.
Over the course of the last several months, Karen E. Fields's work has acted as the cornerstone for the series’s discussions on “race-crafting,” or the construction of racial myths in American society.
In this installment, Dr. Leeds takes the methodology of Racecraft to Costa Rica, and speaks to the racial dimensions of the word “American” once people leave the continental US.
Visit the podcast archive at the Intelatin Cloudcast to download or listen to the shows in full.
Karen E. Fields, author of Racecraft: The Soul of Ineqaulity in American Life, was interviewed in dialogue with Dr. Willene Johnson on the sixth installment of the Racecraft dialogue series for the Academic & the Artist radio show. They discuss the political dimensions of Nina Simone’s music, the various dimensions of ideological power, and the negotiation of race even in the most personal relationships.