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Black Radical Tradition

American Past, Present Tense

Here, swinging between the pit of politics and Foucault’s pendulum in the Paris Panthéon, we see “The Mechanics of History” reimagined by the artist Yoann Bourgeois. Take a minute to watch the video and appreciate the artwork’s ironic dynamism: man’s upward trudge to power, the moment his ascent wavers, his plunge downward, and the hard, bouncing rewind. But is this the only story of power that we, as historians, can tell? Bourgeois’ artwork suggests there is deeper, greater work to be done. His art syncs, too, with the words of Arkansas-born poet Miller Williams: “We have memorized America, / how Read more