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Clarence Walker

“Singing and dancing is not the same as the gun and the whip”: Agency, part II

With a few weeks of delay, for which I apologize, I’m happy to continue the series of posts on the concept of ‘agency’ in history that I started several weeks ago (agency part I). The following is an interview I had with Clarence Walker, to whom I—and indeed many other historians—owe many intellectual debts, including my first introduction to a critical analysis of the concept of agency. Clarence Walker is Distinguished Professor, Emeritus, of US and African American history at UC Davis. He is known for the controversial tone he strikes in such books as Deromanticizing Black History, We Can’t Read more