Browsing posts tagged: Classes
Alchemies of Violence

The several trading castes known generically as `Marwaris` are among the most powerful and wealthy groups in India. While they have spread throughout India and beyond, their homeland is Rajasthan. This absorbing book explores their origin myths and the manner in which these myths construct and express their social identities.Lawrence Babb draws attention to the […]

Ende einer bürgerlichen Kunst-Institution

Die Preußische Akademie der Künste bildete in der Weimarer Zeit den Parnass der deutschen Dichter und Denker. Aber nur ein Teil ihrer prominenten Mitglieder, Heinrich Mann, Käthe Kollwitz, der Berliner Stadtbaurat Martin Wagner u.a., waren nach Hitlers Machtergreifung bereit, das republikanische Akademiekonzept energisch zu verteidigen und jeden Eingriff in die Autonomie der Akademie zurückzuweisen. Hildegard […]

A Slave in the White House

Paul Jennings was born into slavery on the plantation of James and Dolley Madison in Virginia, later becoming part of the Madison household staff at the White House. Once finally emancipated by Senator Daniel Webster later in life, he would give an aged and impoverished Dolley Madison, his former owner, money from his own pocket, […]

American Uprising

A gripping and deeply revealing history of an infamous slave rebellion that nearly toppled New Orleans and changed the course of American history In January 1811, five hundred slaves, dressed in military uniforms and armed with guns, cane knives, and axes, rose up from the plantations around New Orleans and set out to conquer the […]