Patrick Rael

Rael on Ferguson, Respectability Politics, and the Early Republic

Six months after the murder of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, it is worth revisiting scholars’ reflections on what his death, extrajudicial killings of people of African descent, and histories of slavery and diaspora have in common. Last August, Patrick Rael placed present-day re-articulations of respectability politics against a long history of black political rhetoric, … Continue reading

SPECIAL to #ADPhD: Rael on “Lincoln’s Unfinished Work”
Patrick Rael

SPECIAL to #ADPhD: Rael on “Lincoln’s Unfinished Work”

Lincoln’s Unfinished Work Patrick Rael (Bowdoin College) Special to African Diaspora, Ph.D. Amidst the widespread discussions of Steven Spielberg’s recent film Lincoln, few have sought to place the film within its own tradition of Civil War films. There’s nothing new, of course, about focusing a film on the character of Abraham Lincoln, though it has … Continue reading

BOOK: Rael, et. al. on African-American Activism
Benjamin Quarles / Emma Jones Lapsansky / Frederick Cooper / George A. Levesque / James B. Stewart / James Oakes / James Oliver Horton / Jane H. Pease / Leon Litwack / Leslie M. Harris / Mia Bay / Patrick Rael / Shane White / William H. Pease

BOOK: Rael, et. al. on African-American Activism

Rael, Patrick, ed. African-American Activism before the Civil War: The Freedom Struggle in the Antebellum North. New edition. New York City, NY: Routledge, 2008. From the Routledge website: African-American Activism before the Civil War is the first collection of scholarship on the role of African Americans in the struggle for racial equality in the northern … Continue reading