A Remarkable Mix: A Review of Motor City Music

Slobin, Mark. Motor City Music: A Detroiter Looks Back. New York: Oxford University Press, 2019. Reviewed by Bob Carey Detroit once meant cars, speed, and movement. In his new memoir Motor City Music, Mark Slobin takes us on a leisurely, unconventional ride through the city, telling the story of growing up and being shaped by the […]

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Member of the Week: Mike Amezcua

Mike Amezcua Assistant Professor of History and Urban Studies New York University https://www.razalandscapes.com/ Describe your current research. What about it drew your interest? I am in the process of completing my first book manuscript which centers on the making of Mexican Chicago and its distinct neighborhoods from postwar urban renewal to the era of gentrification. […]

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Member of the Week: Jovana Babovic

Jovana Babović Assistant Professor of History SUNY Geneseo Describe your current research. What about it drew your interest?  I am currently working on a social history of animals in Yugoslavia. As I was researching entertainment for my book Metropolitan Belgrade: Class and Culture in Interwar Yugoslavia (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018), I kept noticing the discrete yet […]

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Member of the Week: Jacob Bruggeman

Jacob Bruggeman University of Cambridge Darwin College @jacob_bruggeman Describe your current research. What about it drew your interest?  My current research is on the construction of narratives about economic inequality in the long 20th century. For my M.Phil. dissertation, I am examining how Margaret Thatcher’s descriptions of economic inequality drew upon Victorian narratives about poverty. […]

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Lagos: A Place with Open Eyes

By Lisa A. Lindsay A decade before the American Civil War, James Churchwill (“Church”) Vaughan set out to fulfill his formerly enslaved father’s dying wish: that he should leave his home in South Carolina for a new life in Africa. With help from the American Colonization Society, he went first to Liberia, though he did […]

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#UHA2018

In Michael Winterbottom’s 2002 film “24 Hour Party People,” then-television journalist and future Factory Records founder Tony Wilson (Steve Coogan) ventures out into the cool Manchester, England night one evening to take in a rock show. What he sees changes his life and those of millions of others forever. “In the fall of 1976, the […]

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Lady Bird: Discussing Teen Angst, Class, and Early Aughts Sacramento

Like many collaborative digital projects, The Metropole is entirely assembled via remote correspondence; as co-editors, Ryan and I send daily emails between Washington, D.C. and Pittsburgh. In between editing submissions, we brainstorm future blog posts and trade banter about music, books, and movies. Ryan approaches pop culture with a typically Gen X cynicism, while I […]

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Member of the Week: Claudio Daflon

Claudio Daflon @claudiodaflon Doctoral Candidate in History University of Connecticut  Describe your current research. What about it drew your interest?  My dissertation is about the expansion of the national university system towards the metropolitan municipalities of the Gran Buenos Aires. It questions how this process relates to the urbanization and transformation processes experienced in the […]

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