Recent-ish books for this month.
Sekou Franklin, After the Rebellion: Black Youth, Social Movement Activism and the Post-Civil Rights Generation (New York: NYU Press, 2014)
A theoretical look at the challenges of youth activism with a heavy focus on youth organizing in the 1990s linked to the Black Student Leadership Network–perhaps a more appropriate genealogical link to (neo)liberal elements in #BlackLivesMatter.
Doug Rossinow, The Reagan Era: A History of the 1980s (New York: Columbia University Press, 2015)
A mixture of political and cultural history of the decade, skewed toward a liberal, mildly unsympathetic reading of Reaganism’s legacy in American life.
Edmund Fawcett, Liberalism: The Life of An Idea (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2014)
Utilizing intellectual biography, this work is an ambitious attempt to chart both the intellectual and political development of liberalism in France, Germany, Great Britain, and the United States from the 1830s through “the end of history”–its chief value is perhaps not its argument which is no surprise, but the collection of figures and their ideas in one volume.