Massachusetts Senator Ed Brooke

Join us for a Zoom online presentation on Thursday, October 8 at 6:30 p.m. This New Hampshire Humanities event is cosponsored by five area libraries, and preregistration is required. Register to get the Zoom link sent to your email.

From Brooklyn to Boston, from World War II to the present, Jason Sokol traces the modern history of race and politics in the Northeast. Why did white fans come out to support Jackie Robinson as he broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947 even as Brooklyn’s blacks were shunted into segregated neighborhoods? How was African-American politician Ed Brooke of Massachusetts, who won a Senate seat in 1966, undone by the resistance to desegregation busing in Boston?

Sponsored by New Hampshire Humanities, in partnership with the following public libraries: Cook Memorial, Jackson, Conway, Freedom, and Madison.

Jason Sokol is an Associate Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire. He is the author of two books: There Goes My Everything: White Southerners in the Age of Civil Rights and All Eyes Are Upon Us: Race and Politics from Boston to Brooklyn. He has held fellowships from Harvard, Penn, and Cornell, and both books have been reviewed in the Washington Post as well as the New York Times.

All Eyes Are Upon Us: Racial Struggles in the Northeast, From Jackie Robinson to Deval Patrick
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