Sunday, August 19, 2012

Interview with Justin Desmangles today on KPFK at 5 pacific time

Here is the link to listen.

Justin Desmangles, chair of the Before Columbus Foundation, sent me the following announcement of the program:

This week, on the 4 o'clock hour, saxophonist, composer, Darius Jones, returns to New Day Jazz to discuss his most recent recording, Book of Mæ'bul (Another Kind of Sunrise), part 3 his continuing Man'ish Boy series on AUM-Fidelity. Mr. Jones is among the most innovative and exciting alto saxophonists in his generation, and one of the most inspiring voices in the jazz world today.

Later in the program, on the 5 o'clock hour, we are joined by Alan Gilbert for a discussion of his most recent book, Black Patriots and Loyalists Fighting for Emancipation in the War for Independence, new from the University of Chicago Press. Mr. Gilbert is a John Evans Professor in the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. He is the author of Marx’s Politics: Communists and Citizens, Democratic Individuality, and Must Global Politics Constrain Democracy?

“Most of us think we know the story of the American Revolution, but after reading Alan Gilbert’s amazing book I realize that what most of us know is less than half of the story. Gilbert’s account rests on years of careful research, and on the ability to keep track of events whose actors were moved by complex and often contradictory motives. Gilbert shows that there were two revolutions going on in the American colonies at the same time: the revolution for independence, that succeeded, and a black revolution for emancipation whose goal was not achieved until decades later. And Gilbert shows how the consequences of the “forgotten” black revolution extended far beyond those years, and beyond American shores, to Canada, to Sierra Leone in Africa, as well as to the liberation of Haiti from France, and reinforced the struggle for abolition of slavery in the British Empire that was to succeed in 1833. This is an important book as well as an attractively written example of significant and morally engaged scholarship.” - Hilary Putnam, Harvard University

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