2014 Conference


Race and Politics in American Political History


Friday April 25, 2014
Gillespie Centre, Clare College, Cambridge

9.00-9.05 Welcome and introduction by Andrew Preston
9.05-10.45 The 1930s
Chaired by David Mayers
Gaby Treglia – Testing the Safety Zone Thesis: Cultural Pluralism and the New Deal for Native Americans, 1933-45
Kate Dossett – Radical Black Theatre in the New Deal
Alex Goodall – Race and Interwar Countersubversion: Belated Notes from a Tardy Student
10.45-11.00 Refreshments in the Garden Room
11.00-12.45 America and Race in Britain
Chaired by Brooke Blower
Stephen Tuck – Malcolm X in Britain and the Transatlantic Civil Rights Movement [article]
Clive Webb – Enoch Powell’s America/America’s Enoch Powell
Dominic Sandbrook – The Long Hot Summer: Race in Britain in the 1970s
 12.45-2.00 Lunch for speakers
 2.00-3.30 Race and National Politics
Chaired by Julian Zelizer
Gareth Davies – Before Katrina: The Racial Politics of Gulf Hurricanes, 1945-1970 [handout]
Sylvia Ellis – Freedom’s Pragmatist: LBJ and Civil Rights
Jonathan Bell – Making sense of multiple civil rights movements in California since World War Two
3.30-3.45 Refreshments in the Garden Room
3.45-5.15 Black Power
Chaired by Bruce Schulman
Andrew Fearnley – Profits for Panthers: The Black Panther Party’s
Publishing Strategy and the Financial Underpinnings of Activism
Dan Matlin – Amiri Baraka: An Obituary (of Sorts)
Simon Hall – Civil Rights Moderates and Black Power [handout]
5.15-5.45 Concluding Comments
Tony Badger, Andrew Preston, Julian Zelizer and Bruce Schulman.

Speaker Biographies

Gabriella Treglia, is lecturer at Durham University where she specializes in twentieth-century Native American socio-cultural history. She is preparing a book on the Indian New Deal (1933-1945).

Kate Dossett is Senior Lecturer in American History at Leeds University. Her book, Bridging Race Divides: Black Nationalism, Feminism and Integration 1896-1935 was published in 2008.

Alex Goodall is lecturer in Modern History at the University of York (and will be moving shortly to University College, London). His book Loyalty and Liberty: American Countersubversion from World War I to the McCarthy Era has just been published by the University of Illinois Press.

Stephen Tuck is University Lecturer in American History at Oxford University. His books include We Ain’t What We Ought To Be: The Black Freedom Struggle from Emancipation to Obama and Beyond Atlanta: The Struggle for Racial Equality in Georgia, 1940-1980. Stephen Tuck’s conference talk about Malcolm X is based on an article published here.

Clive Webb is Professor of Modern American History at the University of Sussex. His books include Fight against fear: Southern Jews and Black Civil Rights and Rabble Rousers: the American Far Right in the Civil Rights Era. 

Dominic Sandbrook is the author of four books on Britain since the 1950s, most recently the Sunday Times bestseller Seasons in the Sun, and two books of American history. Currently Visiting Professor at King’s College London and a Daily Mail columnist, he is best known for his BBC television documentaries on the 1970s and the Cold War.

Gareth Davies is University Lecturer in American History at the University of Oxford. His books include See Government Grow: Education Politics from Johnson to Reagan and From Opportunity to Entitlement: The Transformation and Decline of Great Society Liberalism.

Sylvia Ellis is Professor of International History at Northumbria University. Her books include Freedom’s Pragmatist: Lyndon Johnson and the Civil Rights Movement and Britain, America and the Vietnam War.  

Jonathan Bell is Head of the History Department at the University of Reading. His books include Social democracy and the rise of the Democratic party in California, 1950-1964 and The Liberal State on Trial: the Cold War and American Politics in the Truman years. 

Andrew Fearnley is Lecturer in Modern American History at the University of Manchester. His particular interests are the history of racial thought, African American intellectual history, and the history of medicine. 

Dan Matlin is Lecturer in the History of the United States of America since 1865 at King’s College London. His book On the Corner: African-American Intellectuals and the Urban Crisis was published last year by Harvard. 

Simon Hall is Senior Lecturer in American History at Leeds University. His books include Peace and Freedom: The Civil Rights and Antiwar Movements in the 1960sAmerican Patriotism, American Protest: Social Movements Since the Sixties andRethinking the American Anti-War Movement.