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Matthew A. Crenson: Baltimore: A Political History

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Location BCPL - Cockeysville Branch, 9833 Greenside Drive, Baltimore, MD
Date Friday, November 17, 2017 at 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration   1 hours
Details Charm City or Mobtown? People from Baltimore glory in its eccentric charm, small-town character, and North-cum-South culture. But for much of the nineteenth century, violence and disorder plagued the city. More recently, the 2015 death of Freddie Gray in police custody has prompted Baltimoreans—and the entire nation—to focus critically on the rich and tangled narrative of black–white relations in Baltimore, where slavery once existed alongside the largest community of free blacks in the United States. Matthew A. Crenson, a distinguished political scientist and Baltimore native, examines the role of politics and race throughout Baltimore’s history. From its founding in 1729 up through the recent past, Crenson follows Baltimore’s political evolution from an empty expanse of marsh and hills to a complicated city with distinct ways of doing business. Revealing how residents at large engage (and disengage) with one another across an expansive agenda of issues and conflicts, Crenson shows how politics helped form this complex city’s personality. Matthew A. Crenson is professor emeritus of political science at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of Neighborhood Politics and the coauthor of Downsizing Democracy: How America Sidelined Its Citizens and Privatized Its Public.
Link http://www.theivybookshop.com/upcomingevent/3790
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