Susan Greenbaum’s new book, BLAMING THE POOR, examines the negative impact on social policy, race relations, and the poor of the highly controversial report, The Negro Family:The Case For National Action, written in 1965 by assistant secretary of labor Daniel Moynihan for the U.S. Department of Labor. In the report Moynihan wrote, “At the heart of the deterioration of the fabric of Negro society is the deterioration of the Negro family. It is the fundamental source of the weakness of the Negro community at the present time.” Moynihan, a Democrat, was later elected to the U.S. Senate to represent New York.
Greenbaum rejects Moynihan’s main argument, that the so called matriarchal structure of the African American family feminized black men, making them inadequate workers and absent fathers, resulting in what he called a tangle of pathology that led to a host of social ills. She reveals how his questionable ideas have been used to redirect blame away from societal sources and to the poor and African Americans.
SUSAN D. GREENBAUM, a professor emerita of anthropology at the University of South Florida, is a leading authority on poverty and racism in the United States.
Sue Grafton’s latest Kinsey Milhone thriller, X, is a dark and chilling novel, featuring a remorseless serial killer who leaves no trace of his crimes. Grafton wastes little time identifying this sociopath, but the test for her iconic private investigator Kinsey test is whether she can prove her case against him before she becomes his next victim.
Tune in Sunday at 12:30 p.m. CST/1:30 p.m. EST to KAZI 88.7FM for my interview with Sue Grafton. I was joined in my interview by KAZI Book Review contributor Gale Albright, a local mystery writer and vice president of the Sisters In Crime heart of Texas chapter. In our inteview Sue Grafton discussed how she researches her novel, why men should read her Kinsey Milhone novels, and how she keeps a positive focus when writing her novels. Sue Grafton published her first Kinsey Milhone novel in this alphabet series, A is for Alibi, in 1982, and her books in the series have become international best sellers and her heroine has become an iconic figure. Grafton has received numerous honors for her writing including being named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America.
From the publisher: In THE JEFFERSON RULE historian David Sehat describes how liberals, conservatives, secessionists, unionists, civil rights leaders, radicals, and libertarians have sought out the Founding Fathers to defend their policies. Beginning with the debate between Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton over the future of the nation, and continuing through the Civil War, the New Deal, the Reagan Revolution, and Obama and the Tea Party, many pols have asked, “What would the Founders do?” instead of “What is the common good today?” Recently both the Right and the Left have used the Founders to sort through such issues as voting rights, campaign finance, free speech, gun control, taxes, and war and peace. They have used an outdated context to make sense of contemporary concerns.
In our interview we discussed how Thomas Jefferson became the most influential of the founders of our nation, the Tea Party’s strict interpretation of the constitution, and how the Founding Fathers didn’t even agree among themselves about the meaning of the constitution
David Sehat is Associate Professor of History at Georgia State University. His first book, The Myth of American Religious Freedom, won the Frederick Jackson Turner Award from the Organization of American Historians.
Tune in at 8am CST/9am EST today to KAZI 88.7 FM for interviews with Al Roker, author of THE STORM OF THE CENTURY and Michael Hiltzik, author of BIG SCIENCE.
Tune in to KAZI Book Review Sunday, August 15 at 12:30 p.m. CST for my interview with Vu Tron, author of DRAGONFISH.
From the publisher: Robert, an Oakland cop, still can’t let go of Suzy, the enigmatic Vietnamese wife who left him two years ago. Now she’s disappeared from her new husband, Sonny, a violent Vietnamese smuggler and gambler who’s blackmailing Robert into finding her for him. As he pursues her through the sleek and seamy gambling dens of Las Vegas, shadowed by Sonny’s sadistic son, “Junior,” and assisted by unexpected and reluctant allies, Robert learns more about his ex-wife than he ever did during their marriage. He finds himself chasing the ghosts of her past, one that reaches back to a refugee camp in Malaysia after the fall of Saigon, as his investigation soon uncovers the existence of an elusive packet of her secret letters to someone she left behind long ago. Although Robert starts illuminating the dark corners of Suzy’s life, the legacy of her sins threatens to immolate them all.
About the author: Vu Tran, winner of a Whiting Award recognizing “exceptional talent and promise,” teaches creative writing at the University of Chicago. DRAGONFISH is his first novel. Tran was born in Saigon in 1975, five months after the city fell to the North Vietnamese and five months after his father, a captain in the South Vietnamese Air Force, was forced to flee the country. In the spring of 1980, Tran, his mother, and his seven-year-old sister escaped Vietnam by boat, spending five days at sea. They ended up in Malaysia and settled in a refugee camp on the island of Pulau Bidong, off the Malaysian coast. Four months later, Tran’s father sponsored them from America, and in September, they all reunited in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he met his father for the first time.