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Building Bridges, Not Walls

Forum Speaker: Peter Rachleff, Professor of History, Macalester College
Sunday, December 3, 2017

As scholars and pundits have tried to make sense of the November 2016 election, they have focused on the frustration and anger of the white working class. There are deep historical roots to such concerns, but intervention is also possible, leading to other outcomes. The East Side Freedom has been working for three and a half years to build solidarity in St. Paul’s most diverse neighborhood.

Peter Rachleff taught labor, immigration, and African American history at Macalester College for 30 years. In 2014, he and his partner launched the East Side Freedom Library, which is becoming a cultural crossroads and a site of solidarity.

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