About Me

I am Associate Professor and Chair of the History Department at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. I am also the Academic Director of the Clemente Course in the Humanities, in New Bedford MA. Author of "Social Security and the Middle Class Squeeze" (Praeger, 2005) and the forthcoming "Saul Alinsky the Dilemma of Race in the Post-War City" (University of Chicago Press), my teaching and scholarship focuses on American urban history, social policy, and politics. I am presently writing a book on home ownership in modern America, entitled "Castles Made of Sand? Home Ownership and the American Dream." I live in Providence RI, where I have served on the School Board since March 2015. All opinions posted here are my own.

Monday, January 07, 2013

Same Love, Rhode Island. Same Love.

First, listen to this song.  I guarantee, it will hit you hard.  Macklemore deserves some serious respect, for bringing the message of acceptance, equality and love into a hip-hop community that has too often lacked it.

So, Washington state -- where Macklemore is from -- passed marriage equality.

So why not Rhode Island?

Change that.  Go here.

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