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Book Discussion on Searching for Whitopia
Rich Benjamin talked about his book Searching for Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America (Hyperion; (October 6, 2009). In his book he explores the growing phenomenon of self-imposed residential segregation, arguing that as the country becomes more diverse, the creation of all-white communities is on the rise. He talked about the months he spent living in three representative “whitopias,” which he characterizes as being among the fastest-growing communities, populated by white migrants, and charming escapes from racial and cultural diversity. He responded to questions from members of the audience.1,492 views
Mr. Benjamin is a senior fellow at Demos and a commentator for National Public Radio and Fox Radio.
Book Discussion on New York Burning
Jill Lepore talked about her book New York Burning: Liberty, Slavery, and Conspiracy in Eighteenth-Century Manhattan, published by Knopf. In the book she traced the social and political climate of the 1740s, the relationships between slaves and their masters, and the slave conspiracy that emerged during the 1741 fires in Manhattan. The book discussed the lasting impact that slavery still has on American politics today. Following her presentation, Ms. Lepore responded to questions and comments from members of the audience.1,138 views