After life : a collective history of loss and redemption in pandemic America / edited by Rhae Lynn Barnes, Keri Leigh Merritt, Yohuru Williams.
Book | Haymarket Books | 2022

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xix, 387 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 323-365) and index (pages 373-387).
"After Life is a collective history of how Americans experienced, navigated, commemorated, and ignored mass death and loss during the global COVID-19 pandemic, mass uprisings for racial justice, and the attempted coup following the 2020 election. Inspired by the writers who documented American life during the Great Depression and World War II for the Works Progress Administration, the editors asked twenty-first-century historians to focus on the parallels, convergences, and differences between the exceptional "long 2020", and earlier eras in U.S. history." -- Publisher.
Preface: American culture after life / Rhae Lynn Barnes and Keri Leigh Merritt -- Introduction: the present crisis / Rhae Lynn Barnes and Keri Leigh Merritt -- El Paso in mourning / Monica Muñoz Martinez -- 2020: a year for epic victories and historic loss / Mary Kathryn Nagle -- Guitars, dreams, dogs, and tears: grieving hard histories / Philip J. Deloria -- Somewhere, USA / Robert L. Tsai -- Confederates take the capital / Stephen Berry -- Two catastrophes and ten parallels: Lincoln's assassination and COVID-19 / Martha Hodes -- COVID-19: a new "Negro Servants' disease" / Tera W. Hunter -- From the Colfax Massacre to the 2020 election: white supremacist terrorism in America / Gwendolyn Midlo-Hall -- Man of means by no means: king of the road / Rhae Lynn Barnes -- The afterlife of black political radicalism / Peniel E. Joseph -- The grief that came before the grief: a home archive / Jacquelyn Dowd Hall -- An uncountable casualty: ruminations on the social life of numbers / Mary L. Dudziak -- Sometimes I feel like a motherless child / Keith Ellison -- Losing my Starbucks table / Ula Y. Taylor -- Buried history: the death and life of Donald S. Kelley / Robin D. G. Kelley -- Suicide and survival: deaths of despair in the 2020s / Kerri Leigh Merritt -- "How do we live": a journal of a lost year / Scott Poulson-Bryant -- The permeability of cells: vulnerability and trauma in the age of mass incarceration / Heather Ann Thompson -- Dreams of my great-grandfather / Yohuru Williams -- Conclusion: stress test and saving the soul of America / Kerri Leigh Merritt and Yohuru Williams -- A brief history of public health in America / Rhae Lynn Barnes and Kerri Leigh Merritt -- Black Lives Matter and the beginnings of the third reconstruction / Yohuru Williams.
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