by Elizabeth Hinton

“Not since Angela Davis’s 2003 book, Are Prisons Obsolete?, has a scholar so persuasively challenged our conventional understanding of the criminal legal system.” ―Ronald S. Sullivan, Jr., Washington Post

From one of our top historians, a groundbreaking story of policing and “riots” that shatters our understanding of the post–civil rights era.

What began in spring 2020 as local protests in response to the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police quickly exploded into a massive nationwide movement. Millions of mostly young people defiantly flooded into the nation’s streets, demanding an end to police brutality and to the broader, systemic repression of Black people and other people of color. To many observers, the protests appeared to be without precedent in their scale and persistence. Yet, as the acclaimed historian Elizabeth Hinton demonstrates in America on Fire, the events of 2020 had clear precursors―and any attempt to understand our current crisis requires a reckoning with the recent past.

Interview with the Author

New Books Network
Elizabeth Hinton, “America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the The 1960s” (Liveright, 2021)
7/6/21        73 min

The Book Review
A Desperate Writer Steals ‘The Plot’
5/28/21       65 min

Free Library of Philadelphia
Elizabeth Hinton | America on Fire: The Untold Story of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s
6/22/21        61 min

Leonard Lopate at Large on WBAI Radio in New York
Elizabeth Hinton discusses her book America on Fire.
7/6/21        55 min

Dan Snow’s History Hit
Black American Struggle: Riot or Revolution
6/20/21       25 min

Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill
Understanding the History of Black Rebellion
5/26/21       42 min

Haymarket Books Live
America on Fire w/ Elizabeth Hinton & Keeanga – Yamahtta Taylor
5/24/21      55 min

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