Where Past Meets Present
Nicholas Buccola’s background in American political thought led him to write his book, “The Fire Is upon Us: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the Debate over Race in America.” Nicholas connected with Chanda to talk about how James Baldwin and William Buckley’s infamous debate came to fruition, the fortress of white supremacy, and why we need to come to terms with our history in order to move forward with justice.
Nicholas Buccola is a writer, lecturer, and teacher who specializes in the area of American political thought. He is the author of “The Fire Is upon Us: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the Debate over Race in America” and “The Political Thought of Frederick Douglass: In Pursuit of American Liberty.” His essays have appeared in scholarly journals including The Review of Politics and American Political Thought as well as popular outlets such as The New York Times, Salon, The Baltimore Sun, Dissent, and The Claremont Review of Books.
He is the Elizabeth and Morris Glicksman Chair in Political Science at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. At Linfield, he teaches courses in Political Theory and Public Law, coordinates the major in Law, Rights, and Justice, and the Founding Director of the Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights, and Justice. He serves as the Book Review Editor of American Political Thought. He is at work on a new book about the contested meaning of freedom in the American civil rights and conservative movements.