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Historian/Writer. AntibigotryFellow. “Fiery little leftist.” Books #AfterLife #MasterlessMen. Film @thecivilwardoc1. Punk rawk grrrl. HBIC. IG @kerileighmerritt
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Jan 17 32 tweets 6 min read
Wrote this for the #NCRM on the 50th anniversary of #MLK's assassination. Truer today than ever:
#MLKDay #MLKDay2022 #MLK2022 #MLKLegacy

Reflecting back upon the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one singular point always stands out, a searing reminder of what was – and still is – America’s grossest injustice: that in the one of the richest nations in the world, so many millions of people remain trapped in cyclical, soul-crushing poverty.
Jan 6 20 tweets 4 min read
One year ago today @DigitalHistory_ & I wrote this for @CNN - literally as we watched it happening - and just hours after I predicted violence (& was criticized for the prediction by several high-profile white lib men here).

cnn.com/2021/01/07/opi… "Over the last four years, many have warned the public about the flagrant threat to democracy that President Donald Trump poses. Wednesday's failed coup proved that "MAGA," or Trumpism, is not over simply because Trump lost the 2020 election to Joe Biden.
Sep 6, 2021 20 tweets 5 min read
Many thanks to @rjeskow for yet another fantastic conversation. You can also catch it today on @freespeechtv.✊

#labor #history #LaborDay #laborday2021 #generalstrike #LaborDayWeekend2021

Keri Leigh Merritt: The South's Radical Labor History via @YouTube 1. Thread from a piece I wrote for @BillMoyers on #LaborDay a few years ago. It's more relevant now than ever:

billmoyers.com/story/america-…
Jun 21, 2021 16 tweets 4 min read
Looks like it’s time for some DuBois analysis! Lemme grab some coffee and then I’ll get started. Will add to this thruout the day between Zoom calls.☺️ 1/Just found my notes on what I consider the greatest book on American history ever written, Black Reconstruction in America, by WEB #DuBois.

Published in 1935, the most important thing to remember is that DuBois researched this during the height of Jim Crow.
Feb 26, 2019 14 tweets 5 min read
I've been traveling & missed the absolutely ABSURD fact that @DineshDSouza is peddling some "Fake History" speech circuit (it's not just Stanford, folks-he's even going to Cabo!).

Short thread - (& thanks to @KevinMKruse et al for continuing the maddening crusade for truth): 2. While I've always loathed the fact that D'Souza - someone with NO training as a historian - writes hot garbage marketed as history à la @BillOReilly - and markets this filth directly to racists, inflaming racial tensions & tacitly engendering & condoning racial violence -
Jan 30, 2019 26 tweets 9 min read
New thread that I will add to over the coming days as I re-watch Ken Burns' The Civil War.

I'm gonna call this #WhyWeNeedaNewCivilWarDocumentary. 🤓

(@netflix listen up!) 1. Starting with Episode 1, "The Cause," the doc does not mention #slavery until a full 6 minutes in, erroneously stating that #RobertELee "disapproved" of slavery.🙄

nytimes.com/2017/08/18/us/…
Jan 24, 2019 5 tweets 1 min read
This is dead-on.👇

They also filmed Guthrie from below, making her appear larger than him - thus making him appear even *more* childlike. Look at this size distortion: absurd.

They knew exactly what they were doing here. His PR/lawyer team may have demanded it be shot this way.
Jan 22, 2019 24 tweets 6 min read
1. Thread on the relatively common practice of ignoring Black Historians within the public forum:
On December 28, 2018, @politico created somewhat of a scandal among historians when it announced that it had asked “16 top historians” to predict the future of America – 2. and out of all sixteen, only one scholar was a POC. But the Politico article was simply one of the (very) many examples of the near-erasure of scholars of color – particularly Black scholars – in mainstream media.
Jan 17, 2019 4 tweets 2 min read
Twitter fam - I need your help today. I've been working w Angie & June Provost, Black sugarcane farmers in Louisiana who lost their land due to racism. @Juneraisincane @AngProvostFarms

Please(!) help them save what's left: Donate! Thank you!🙏❤️

gofundme.com/provost-farm-l… And if you can't donate, pls give them a RT!🔥🔥🔥

"Statistically, African Americans own less than 1% of US land which can be correlated to food apartheid, robbing of voters rights, and a failing criminal justice system."
Jan 8, 2019 8 tweets 2 min read
As a woman w several years more life experience than AOC, I wish I could tell her one thing:

Stop responding to EVERY single personal attack.

They're trying to wear you down - mentally & emotionally.

Save your energy to defend others.

❤️, your older sisters in the struggle The most important part of the fight is knowing when to strike - and when to lower that fist and put your nose back to the grindstone (like imma go do now 🤓!)
Jan 6, 2019 5 tweets 3 min read
Re: the meritocracy of academe:
A prof of *literature* gets @nytimes coverage for history using the same old sources to make the same old arguments, while scholars w groundbreaking research & methodology are overlooked bc they lack #IvyLeague pedigree...

nyti.ms/2RpFhse Or is because they are not the "right" race or gender?
Jan 2, 2019 5 tweets 3 min read
@Ben_C_Chambers oh yes, not just "some" - at least a few thousand:

nytimes.com/2016/05/09/wor… @Ben_C_Chambers As John Hope Franklin showed, as early as 1834, Southern slaveholders - led by Fire-Eaters mostly out of #SouthCarolina - were eyeing Brazil (& indeed the entire Gulf & Caribbean - as places to expand their slavery empire.
Jan 1, 2019 6 tweets 2 min read
I don't think I've ever been this excited about a #NewYear. #2019's gonna be the year we revolutionize the way the American public both understands & consumes history!🔥🔥🔥

Big things… instagram.com/p/BsGCCTNHnOl/… Seriously: I think sometimes ppl trained as academics have a hard time imagining communicating their expertise w the public in any form other than the written word.

Time to change that.

People are increasingly only willing to read very short pieces, sometimes not even that.
Dec 29, 2018 12 tweets 5 min read
So I spent yesterday in a place I've written about but never really visited (which is always surreal): the Pearl River Swamp on the border of #Louisiana & #Mississippi. During the Civil War this area (which is very close to the Free State of Jones that @vikki_bynum wrote about) was filled with anti-Confederate white men hiding out, trying to avoid having to fight the slaveholders' war.
Dec 24, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
My all-time favorite #Christmas song. The message is a beautiful one:
#DavidBowie #BingCrosby #LittleDrummerBoy

"Peace on earth, can it be
Years from now, perhaps we'll see
See the day of glory
See the day when men of good will
Live in peace, live in peace again...
Dec 19, 2018 15 tweets 12 min read
Headed out to my fave city in America for a 100th birthday tribute to a legend - Henry Roeland Byrd, aka #ProfessorLonghair.🤩

#Fess #NOLA #jazz #jass So a lot of y'all don't know who Professor Longhair is, despite knowing his protégées #DrJohn, #FatsDomino, & #AllenToussaint - even those of you who consider yourselves #Jazz aficionados.

There's one reason for that: extreme poverty.
Dec 18, 2018 13 tweets 9 min read
#TuesdayThoughts: I wasn't able to be as productive as I wanted to be this year given an (often-ass-kicking) autoimmune disorder, but here's a thread of a few highlights.

As always, I remain so grateful to you all for your continued support.❤️ First, I am very proud of co-editing, with @m_hild, Reconsidering Southern Labor History: Race, Class, and Power. We had perceptive, brilliant scholars contributing essays on a wide variety of topics. Look for the paperback release in 2019!

upf.com/book.asp?id=97…
Dec 14, 2018 4 tweets 3 min read
This was one of the best & most nuanced conversations I've ever had about #class & #poverty in America (& that intro!😭 Wow, thank you, @thebradking).

1 of the only podcasts I coulda talked abt the significance of po' white #RuthLangmore from @ozark wearing a #Tupac shirt.🔥🔥🔥 Wow - I forgot about all the cool stuff we discussed: state-level poverty programs, switching to a service-based economy in rural areas, the Case-Deaton white death paper, the liberal elite write-off of working class whites, white economic privilege, & class anger/resentment.
Dec 7, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
I've muted "certain writers'" names here bc I'm so sick of seeing "progressive" men fawning all over women who think abortion is evil.

I suppose it seems evil to people who come from wealth & privilege & know nothing of the real world. And btw, if you care so much, ADOPT.🙄 If your economic plan doesn't include abortion as a right, then you know NOTHING about poverty.
Dec 5, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
#NationalDayOfMourning #Remembering41

I'm mourning why someone born into extravagant(!!!) wealth & educated at the best schools could've lived through the horrors of Jim Crow and never felt a moral urge to do *something* - anything... I'm mourning the fact that someone gifted immense power thru race, gender, AND class never fought for the rights of the poor and downtrodden, of the homeless, the hopeless, the forgotten.

That they could watch the Civil Rights Movement in real time and not join in.
Dec 5, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
The failure of #Georgia to elect a Democrat Secretary of State after the the fraud & widespread #votersuppression of @BrianKempGA & Republicans is a travesty.

But the Dems share some blame. All Southern states should learn from this:

1) Run younger, charismatic candidates... Who maintain an active social media presence. This is a fantastic way to campaign with limited resources. Branding matters. So do looks. So do numbers of followers.

2) actually make a concerted effort to campaign!!! The D-candidate here was virtually unknown - no TV ads, nothing