In a new contribution to the "Reading Racial Conflict" series, N. D. B. Connolly analyzes an early gathering of black supporters in the new Trump administration, and much more about the contemporary political economy of race, through Robert Allen’s 1969 Black Awakening in Capitalist America. Drawing on Allen, Connolly makes a strong case for the relevance of (neo)colonialism—and its emphasis on both violence and the co-opting of sections of the elite among the “colonized”—as an essential framework for understanding America’s present.
N. D. B. Connolly
N. D. B. Connolly is the Herbert Baxter Adams Associate Professor of History at the Johns Hopkins University and cohost of the American history podcast BackStory. He also coorganized Trump Syllabus 2.0 (with Keisha Blain) and is author of A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida (University of Chicago Press, 2014), which won the Kenneth T. Jackson Book Award from the Urban History Association, the Bennett H. Wall Award from the Southern Historical Association, and the 2015 Liberty Legacy Foundation Book Award from the Organization of American Historians. His digital collaboration with LaDale Winling, Richard Marciano, and Robert Nelson—“Mapping Inequality: Redlining in New Deal America”—was cited by National Geographic as one of the “Best Maps” of 2016.