America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s


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Liveright Publishing Corporation
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6.0 X 9.1 X 1.4 inches | 1.46 pounds

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About the Author

Elizabeth Hinton is an associate professor of history and African American studies at Yale University and professor of law at Yale Law School. The author of From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime, Hinton lives in New Haven, Connecticut.


This penetrating and incisive account of Black rebellion is based on extensive primary research... Readers interested in social movements in the United States, past or present, will not want to miss this illuminating work.--Chad E. Statler, Library Journal, starred review
Hinton masterfully examines multiple incidents across the country, illustrating not only the prevalence of rebellions but how ongoing violent racial discrimination is horrifically common. As Hinton links the history of rebellion to the Black Lives Matter protests in 2020, readers will be struck by the generational echoes of Black Americans' struggle for justice.--Laura Chanoux, Booklist, starred review
Few historians are defter at helping us make sense of our present than Elizabeth Hinton. . . . What emerges most clearly across the whole of the book is an urgent history of today. . . . To anyone in disbelief over the American fires of 2020 and 2021, America on Fire demonstrates why last year's rebellions were not unbelievable. They were an entirely believable--perhaps predictable, even--product of the failures by this country and its government to confront and eliminate the many forms of violence it has reaped upon Black America.--Simon Balto "The Metropole"
A must-read for all concerned with civil rights and social justice in modern America.--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Hinton's passionate, occasionally gritty approach is the opposite of a gauzy PBS series: she drills down into the granular, highlighting the courageous men and women who stood tall in a hail of bullets.--Oprah Daily, Best Books to Pick Up This May
[A] groundbreaking, deeply researched and profoundly heart-rending account of the origins of our national crisis of police violence against Black America.... America on Fire is more than a brilliant guided tour through our nation's morally ruinous past. It reveals the deep roots of the current movement to reject a system of law enforcement that defines as the problem the very people who continue to seek to liberate themselves from racial oppression. In undertaking this work, Hinton achieves something rare. She deploys scholarly erudition in the service of policy transformation, propelled by Black voices whose hitherto untold stories of protest add much-needed sustenance to America's collective imagination.--Peniel E. Joseph "New York Times Book Review"
America on Fire illustrate[s] the origins and legacies of the rebellions that sprang from police incursions in Black life. Hinton demonstrates that these rebellions against state repression, and the reactions of the state to the violence, express a cyclical, concentric process. . . . Hinton's trenchant study... proposes that African Americans may not be able to free themselves without mixing nonviolent resistance and aggressive rebellion. . . . America on Fire closes with a 'Timeline of Black Rebellions;' those 25 pages correct any claims that the uprisings we've witnessed in America since Ferguson in 2014 are either new or over.--Walton Muyumba "Boston Globe"
[A] gift to organizers and activists. It is more than just a historical book. It is political education.--Derecka Purnell "Boston Review"