In his keynote address for the WUSTL Center for the Humanities Faculty Book Celebration, Walter Johnson, Winthrop Professor of History and professor of African and African American studies at Harvard University, will tell the story of how he came to the topic of his most recent book, The Broken Heart of America: St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States. From Lewis and Clark’s 1804 expedition to the 2014 uprising in Ferguson, American history has been made in St. Louis. And as Walter Johnson shows in this searing book, the city exemplifies how imperialism, racism, and capitalism have persistently entwined to corrupt the nation’s past.
This event will be held in person or virtually, as conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic necessitate.
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