An Aussie Takes On African-American History

An Aussie Takes on African-American History 1

Randall Enos for The Chronicle Review

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Randall Enos for The Chronicle Review

The trouble often begins at the border. Some 15 years ago, when I was flying from my home in Australia to a history conference somewhere on the East Coast of America, I had my usual trouble getting past the ever-vigilant immigration officials guarding LAX at a ridiculously early hour of the morning.

"What is it that you do for a living, Mr. White?" The reply—"I'm a historian"—elicited a raised eyebrow.

"What sort of history?"

"I write about black