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We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy

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When:November 11, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (Cole Haan Stage)
1037 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205

Ta-Nehisi Coates discusses his new book, We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy, with Jenna Wortham of the New York Times.

“We were eight years in power” was the lament of Reconstruction-era black politicians as the American experiment in multiracial democracy ended with the return of white supremacist rule in the South. In this sweeping collection of new and selected essays, Ta-Nehisi Coates explores the tragic echoes of that history in our own time: the unprecedented election of a black president followed by a vicious backlash that fueled the election of the man Coates argues is America’s “first white president.”

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