Jason Sokol is a Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire. He is the author of three books: There Goes My Everything: White Southerners in the Age of Civil Rights; All Eyes Are Upon Us: Race and Politics from Boston to Brooklyn; and The Heavens Might Crack: The Death and Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. He has held fellowships from Harvard, Penn, and Cornell, and his books have been reviewed in the Washington Post as well as the New York Times.
Learn more about Professor Sokol on his websiteRead more about Professor Sokol on his UNH faculty bioWatch a video about his book from WGBHCheck out these suggestions for further reading
Jason Sokol, UNH History DepartmentDurham, NH firstname.lastname@example.orgWork: 603-862-3024
Available Program Formats: Online presentations only
From Brooklyn to Boston, from World War II to the present, Jason Sokol traces the modern history of race and politics in the Northeast. Why did white fans come out to support Jackie Robinson as he broke baseball's color barrier in 1947 even as Brooklyn's blacks were shunted into segregated neighborhoods? How was African-American politician Ed Brooke of Massachusetts, who won a Senate seat in 1966, undone by the resistance to desegregation busing in Boston? Is the Northeast's history a microcosm of America as a whole: outwardly democratic, but inwardly conflicted over race?
New Hampshire Humanities programs are made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this these programs do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or New Hampshire Humanities.