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Stone Center 2020 Author’s Discussion Series: Benjamin Talton
March 5, 2020 @ 3:30 pm
Each year, the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History invites authors and scholars to share their newest research on topics in African American and African Diaspora history and culture. March’s author is Benjamin Talton, who will discuss In This Land of Plenty (UPENN Press, 2019).
In This Land of Plenty presents Congressman Mickey Leland as the embodiment of larger currents in African American politics at the end of the twentieth century. But a sober look at his aspirations shows the successes and shortcomings of domestic radicalism and aspirations of politically neutral humanitarianism during the 1980s, and the extend to which the decade was a major turning point in U.S. relations with the African continent.