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July 27, 2009: Henry Louis Gates, Jr.'s Arrest, President Obama and Race in America




  • Henry L. Gates,Jr. 911 call: Witness not sure she sees crime: - AP, 7-27-09
  • Obama Tries to Move Past Gates Furor: - WSJ, 7-26-09
  • Obama, Gates and the American Black Man: NYT, 7-25-09
  • Gates Says 'Yes' to Beer With Crowley: It was very kind of the President to phone me today. Vernon Jordan is absolutely correct: my unfortunate experience will only have a larger meaning if we can all use this to diminish racial profiling and to enhance fairness and equity in the criminal justice system for poor people and for people of color.... - Henry Louis Gates in The Root (edited by Henry Louis Gates) (7-24-09)
  • Black males' fear of racial profiling very real, regardless of class- LAT, 7-24-09
  • Case Recalls Tightrope Blacks Walk With Police - NYT, 7-23-09
  • Obama doesn't regret 'acted stupidly' remark about Henry Gates Jr. arrest- NY Daily News, 7-23-09
  • Cop who arrested black scholar is profiling expert- AP, 7-23-09
  • Police Chief Responds to Obama's Remarks - WSJ, 7-23-09
  • "The good news about the Henry Louis Gates fiasco" - James Hannaham at, 7-22-09
  • Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and the Police in"Post-Racial" America - Brandon M. Terry at the Huffington Post, 7-22-09
  • If it can happen to Skip Gates....- Inside Higher Ed, 7-22-09
  • Skip Gates and the Post-Racial Project: - Melissa Harris-Lacewell in The Nation, 7-21-09
  • The Root Editor-in-Chief Henry Louis Gates Jr. talks about his arrest and the outrage of racial profiling in America: I'm saying 'You need to send someone to fix my lock.' All of a sudden, there was a policeman on my porch. And I thought, 'This is strange.’ So I went over to the front porch still holding the phone, and I said 'Officer, can I help you?' And he said, 'Would you step outside onto the porch.' And the way he said it, I knew he wasn’t canvassing for the police benevolent association. All the hairs stood up on the back of my neck, and I realized that I was in danger. And I said to him no, out of instinct. I said, 'No, I will not.'.... - Henry Louis Gates Jr. in The Root, 7-21-09
  • Police Drop Charges Against Black Scholar- WSJ, 7-21-09
  • Gates chastises officer after authorities agree to drop criminal charge: "I believe the police officer should apologize to me for what he knows he did that was wrong," Gates said in a phone interview from his other home in Martha's Vineyard."If he apologizes sincerely, I am willing to forgive him. And if he admits his error, I am willing to educate him about the history of racism in America and the issue of racial profiling ... That's what I do for a living."... - Boston Globe, 7-21-09
  • Henry Louis Gates Jr. Arrested - NYT, 7-21-09
  • Black scholar's arrest raises profiling questions - AP, 7-21-09
  • Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. arrested outside his home, calls Cambridge police 'racist' - NY Daily News, 7-21-09
  • Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: Harvard professor arrested, racism accusations - AFP, 7-20-09


    On This Day in History....

    This Week in History.... July 27-August 2, 2009

  • 10 Reasons Why Apollo 11 Moon Landing Was Awesome: Yesterday marked the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Forty years ago mission commander Neil A. Armstrong and lunar module pilot Edwin Eugene 'Buzz' Aldrin, Jr. walked on the moon while command module pilot Michael Collins orbited above. Today however, marks the 40th anniversary of the day people really reacted to what just happened. As with all major events in time, there is always a day of reflection.... - Wired, 7-21-09




  • James MacGregor Burns: Judicial Roulette PACKING THE COURT The Rise of Judicial Power and the Coming Crisis of the Supreme Court - NYT, 7-26-09
  • James MacGregor Burns:PACKING THE COURT The Rise of Judicial Power and the Coming Crisis of the Supreme Court , Excerpt - NYT, 7-26-09
  • Rich Cohen: A Land and a People ISRAEL IS REAL An Obsessive Quest to Understand the Jewish Nation and Its History - NYT, 7-26-09
  • Allis Radosh and Ronald Radosh: Zionist in the White House A SAFE HAVEN Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel - NYT, 7-26-09
  • Richard Brookhiser: MEMOIR Conservatively Speaking RIGHT TIME, RIGHT PLACE Coming of Age with William F. Buckley Jr. and the Conservative Movement - WaPo, 7-26-09
  • Bradley Graham: MILITARY HISTORY A Warrior Fighting the Wrong War BY HIS OWN RULES The Ambitions, Successes and Ultimate Failures of Donald Rumsfeld - WaPo, 7-26-09
  • Art Historian Anthony Blunt: Memoirs of British Spy Offer No Apology - NYT (7-23-09)




  • Reinhard Siegmund-Schultze: Historian discusses new book on an academic exodus that saved lives and changed mathematics Mathematicians Fleeing from Nazi Germany: Individual Fates and Global Impact Inside Higher Ed (7-27-09)
  • Robin Hood Discovery: An Interview with Julian Luxford -, 3-25-09





  • Woodrow Wilson Center Holding Summer Institutes for High School Teachers: U.S. and the Cold War: THE UNITED STATES AND THE COLD WAR July 26-July 31, 2009 - Press Release (7-25-09)
  • Woodrow Wilson Center Holding Summer Institutes for High School Teachers: U.S.-China Relations U.S.-China Relations July 26-July 31, 2009 - Press Release (7-25-09)
  • August 1, 2009: An Evening with Ken Burns: Kens Burns has been making documentary films for more than 30 years. Since the Academy Award-nominated Brooklyn Bridge in 1981, he has gone on to direct and produce some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made. The late historian Stephen Ambrose said of Burns' films,"More Americans get their history from Ken Burns than any other source." This evening will afford Chautauqua an opportunity to hear one of the most influential documentary makers of all time. Chautauqua Institutition. For more info 716-357-6200. - Jamestown Post-Journal, 5-21-09
  • Inaugural Semester-long seminar on Constitutional History offered at N-Y Historical Society this fall: Lincoln's Constitution will be taught at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, on Thursday afternoons from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The seminar will be held on September 17 and 24 and on October 1, 15, 22, and 29, 2009. NYHS Press Release (7-20-09)


  • BBC to launch new series on history of Christianity - Religious Intelligence, 6-19-09
  • C-SPAN2:BOOK TV Weekend Schedule
  • PBS History Detectives: Mondays at 9pm
  • History Channel: Weekly Schedule
  • History Channel: "Hippies" - Monday, July 27, 2009 at 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: "Sex in '69: Sexual Revolution in America" - Monday, July 27, 2009 at 9pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: "Return of the Pirates" - Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at 2pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: "Life After People & That's Impossible: Eternal Life" - Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: "Moonshot" - Saturday, August 1, 2009 at 8pm ET/PT
  • History Channel: "Art of War" - Saturday, August 1, 2009 at 8pm ET/PT



  • Gil Troy: Reagan Revolution : A Very Short Introduction, July 30, 2009
  • Constance Rosenblum: Boulevard of Dreams: Heady Times, Heartbreak, and Hope along the Grand Concourse in the Bronx, August 1, 2009
  • David Freeland: Automats, Taxi Dances, and Vaudeville: Excavating Manhattans Lost Places of Leisure, August 1, 2009
  • William A. DeGregorio: The Complete Book of U.S. Presidents, Seventh Edition, August 15, 2009
  • Brooks D. Simpson: The Reconstruction Presidents (Paperback), August 18, 2009
  • Richard C. Hoagland: Dark Mission: The Secret History of NASA (Revised), September 1, 2009
  • Douglas Hunter: Half Moon: Henry Hudson and the Voyage That Redrew the Map of the New World, September 1, 2009
  • Noah Andre Trudeau: Robert E. Lee: Lessons in Leadership, September 1, 2009
  • Annette Gordon-Reed: The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (Paperback), September 8, 2009
  • Jon Krakauer: Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman, September 15, 2009
  • Dean C. Jessee (Editor): The Joseph Smith Papers: Revelations and Translations, Volume 1: Manuscript Revelation Books, September 2009
  • James Patterson: The Murder of King Tut: The Plot to Kill the Child King - A Nonfiction Thriller, September 28, 2009
  • Timothy Egan: The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America, October 19, 2009
  • Gil Troy, Vincent J. Cannato, eds.: Living in the Eighties, October 23, 2009
  • L. Fletcher Prouty: JFK: The CIA, Vietnam, and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy, (Paperback), November 1, 2009
  • Edward Kritzler: Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean: How a Generation of Swashbuckling Jews Carved Out an Empire in the New World in Their Quest for Treasure, Religious Freedom--and Revenge, (Paperback), November 3, 2009
  • Anthony Haden-guest: Last Party: Studio 54, Disco, and the Culture of the Night (Paperback), December 8, 2009


  • Lionel Casson: Who Wrote of Ancient Maritime History, Dies at 94 - NYT (7-24-09)

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