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Jeet Heer

Black Intellectual History, the New Republic, and American Liberalism

Jeet Heer’s essay in the newest The New Republic has brought our attention back to a   conversation that, for a while at least, was on the backburner while others debated the latest Jonathan Chait piece on political correctness. But Heer’s essay also requires some serious thinking from intellectual historians. What he’s done is chronicled the long history of African Americans within the pages of The New Republic—both as writers and as subjects. However, Heer’s piece is not just a meditation on The New Republic. Instead, it needs to be read as part of a larger and more complicated history. American Read more