23 May 2010

Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. On Slavery


This book is not due out until August. However, you can view a short discussion by Joe Hicks about Professor Gates' new book here. From what Mr. Hicks says about the book, it is sure to generate quite a bit of controversey and discussion.

I've always enjoyed watching Gates on PBS' History Detectives and thought he did a fair job in his role in last year's PBS documentary about Abraham Lincoln.

I'm looking forward to reading this book.

8 comments:

13thBama said...

Thanks for this. I would have passed on the book based on my initial impression of Dr. Gates. I will add it to my list after seeing Joe Hicks' review.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

You can go on line (I think its still available) and watch Gates as he hosts the Lincoln documentary. He visits an SCV convention. I felt like his commentary regarding both the SCV and Lincoln, though not totally accurate, "was fair and balanced."

When I initially heard about the arrest incident, I was actually a little surprised about Gates' conduct. That being said, I can at least understand how anyone might get emotional at the thought of being questioned for "breaking into" your own home.

msimons said...

Thanks to Mr Hicks review I will buy this book read it and donate it to my HS library.

Marcus said...

I wonder though, can there still be a argument (I don't agree with this) for reparations based on the work not compensated for while slaves here in America - Regardless of how they got here?

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Marcus - Who knows? It would appear to me to be extremely complicated. Who do you sue? The government? Descendants and beneficiaries of slave holders? Would the plaintiffs have to prove they are descendants of slaves?

And what about the precedent that would be set? My wife is descended from Monacan Indians. She, as well as others, could use any reparations claim to make similar claims. I suppose time will tell.

Marcus said...

Another question along those lines is who gets the money. Obviously Obama would not, but his wife and kids could. I think it would be extremely messy trying to figure out who was eligible and who was not due to ancestory.

13thBama said...

I can't wait till I can sue the English for making my families life so difficult that we had to come to America! The Irish would want to know who cause the potato blight? Let's blame the English! That is sarcasm, for those less capable of telling.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Who gets the money? Well, if its a class action lawsuit, the attorneys will get most of it.

;o)