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Walter Johnson on Racial Capitalism (Redux)

Thursday, April 18 | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Clark-Fox Forum, Hillman Hall
Hillman Hall, St. Louis, MO

Join us for a lecture from Walter Johnson, author of The Broken Heart of America


4:00pm-5:00pm: Lecture and Q&A

5:00pm-6:00pm: Post-Event Reception


Walter Johnson grew up in Columbia, Missouri, and is a member of the Rock Bridge High School Hall of Fame (2006). His prize-winning books, Soul by Soul: Life Inside in the Antebellum Slave Market (1999) and River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Mississippi Valley’s Cotton Kingdom (2013), were published by Harvard University Press. His autobiographical essay, “Guns in the Family,” was included the 2019 edition of Best American Essays; it was originally published in the Boston Review, of which Johnson is a contributing editor. The Broken Heart of America: St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States was published in the spring of 2020 and was a finalist for both the Los Angeles Times prize for History and the National Circle Book Critics award for Nonfiction. Johnson is a founding member of the Commonwealth Project, which brings together academics, artists, and activists in an effort to imagine, foster, and support revolutionary social change, beginning in St. Louis.

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Lectures & Presentations



Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity
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Speaker Information

Walter Johnson, Harvard University Winthrop Professor of History and Professor of African American Studies

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