If you think of history as a big bowl of Neapolitan ice cream--and I do, all the time--then it's funny how journalists and scholars become anal-retentive malt-shop clerks, slicing up the parallel layers and serving them in separate containers. Epochs, movements, controversies, regimes, and ideologies all melted into each other in any decade of the 20th century you choose to examine. Yet we rarely catch the overlap. When was the last time you saw a play about African-American Communists after World War II? They were small in number, but a passionate group that attempted to persuade civil rights leaders to fold Marxist rhetoric into the cause. Or how about the urban prejudice German immigrants faced in America in the '40s? These people fled the Nazi regime in their native country only to be smeared with it by association (and accent) over here, often by... More >>>
Nomsa L. Mlambo, Erica N. Tazel, and Alex Morris are a 1950s Brooklyn family in social and personal upheaval.