There is overwhelming evidence that Black men were threatened with loss of wages and any employment in their local area if they voted at all. See Foner, Hahn and @SandyDarity and @IrstenKMullen. Making the exception the rule is not historically accurate.
Black male politicians were strongly motivated by efforts to (1) educate black people—men and women and (2) redistribute wealth in the South. Their egalitarian interest stood in stark contrast to white men and women. I show that in my research here…
They paid with their lives. Black men who advocated for these policies literally paid with their lives. In the areas where they were successful they were attacked violently for wanting racial equality. I show that here
If we’re going to tell historical truths we need to tell the whole truth, not isolated narratives. There are too many Black men and women who have fought for racial justice who are done no favors by reducing Black women activism to sex. The record is far richer than that.

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27 Sep
"You Can't Be What You Can't See" is a popular phrase we use to talk about the importance of mentoring and role models for women and underrepresented minorities in certain fields. I'm here to argue that the phrase is pure crap, is ahistorical, and actually harmful 1/N
The implicit assumption behind the phrase is that women and underrepresented minorities need role models to envision themselves doing certain things (STEM major, college graduate, etc.). This implies that these groups are inherently imitative-- they'll do as they are shown 2/N
Notice the language we use about white male innovators: bold, imaginative, groundbreaking, visionary. All of that language is about new ways of doing. Clearly, there was never an example to follow. They are allowed to be innovators and reimagine things, others need examples 3/N
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27 Sep
In analyzing race in economic history, I've found that Econs use imaginary Black people. They typically show up as threats to identification (what if they did X or Y?). History is not about what ifs, but the what did. We should use the narrative record to answer these questions
When we do, there is still skepticism. Part of this is due to very, very poor understanding of Black history and culture (even by economic historians) and a second is dismissal of evidence about Black (or white) people doing things white Econs did not understand or approve.
What white Econs do understand and accept is Black reaction to white-based stimuli. What they do not appear to accept is Black agency to move beyond white stimuli, or to create for themselves things for themselves. This is the long-standing problem of race in social science.
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19 Sep
Today, I want to quote from the Republican Party’s 1956 platform. Just to see how far they’ve fallen from the days of Ike. As we contemplate what Republicans are campaigning for and strategizing about it’s important to put it in context to the party’s history. 1/N
“We believe that basic to governmental integrity are unimpeachable ethical standards and irreproachable personal conduct by all people in government.” 2/N
“We shall continue our insistence on honesty as an indispensable requirement of public service. We shall continue to root out corruption whenever and wherever it appears.”
(If you can’t tell, this is going to get worse..) 3/N
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31 Aug
Yes, I did finish the PhD program @berkeleyecon in 4 years. There's a story behind this which is neither legendary nor remarkable. The punchline: it was NOT by design. (A Thread)
When I was a student, Berkeley had a 3 semester core sequence, so you didn't begin their field courses until the 2nd half of the 2nd year in the program. I took a field course in my 2nd semester, which was a lot of work, but allowed me to finish my fields earlier than others.
After my first year I received a research position for the Summer where I found my dissertation topic by accident. I stumbled upon it while researching child costs in household surveys but found I could do food demand. So I found a research topic that was doable early.
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14 Aug
“The unemployment’s on his watch, the canceled seasons are on his watch. I mean, all of this is on Trump’s watch, and he has so bungled this and he could point fingers and blame some elite somebody somewhere, but it’s on him.”…
As someone living in Central Ohio I can attest that people are very disappointed that @OhioStateFB will not be played this Autumn. This is 6 games that were guaranteed to sell out with ~105,000 capacity at Ohio Stadium. But it is more than money, it's a pastime.
While the media reports on the bars and parking and other revenue and business losses, people are sad because these were Saturdays spent with friends and family. It was something to do. We see again the ways this virus is taking fun events away from us.
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10 Aug
Many people have strong opinions on the @bigten decision to cancel football this year. Why would they do it? I think there are several factors involved that fans, coaches, administrators, and players have different perspectives on. Let's review. #CollegeFootball
First, we've had a few outbreaks of the virus so far this summer in college football. Rutgers is just one of the most recent outbreaks.…
Michigan State's team was put under quarantine a few weeks ago after an outbreak. If this happened during the season they would miss two week of play.…
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