[This past weekend’s tribute to Daniel Immerwahr’s book reminded me that it’s been a while since I highlighted fellow AmericanStudiers. So this week I’ll share a handful of such voices and texts—I’d love to hear more scholars and works you’d add to the mix!]
Proenza-Coles’ book American
Founders: How People of African Descent Established Freedom in the New World
(2019) is not only one of the best works of American historical scholarship of
the last decade, but develops ideas at the heart of my last two books—an inclusive
and a critical patriotic vision of both African American and American identity—as
potently as I could ever hope to communicate them. You might think that could
make me jealous, but when I had the chance to meet Christina in my hometown of
Charlottesville a couple years back (where she was teaching in the UVa
American Studies program, among other gigs), she was so generous and
supportive and generally awesome that I was honored to share these ideas and
interests with her. Can’t wait to see where her scholarship and writing take
her, and us, next!
PS. What do you
think? AmericanStudies scholars or works you’d share?