Episode 15: Devil in a Blue Dress Discussion, plus a mini history and literature lesson

We’re putting Curtis’ history expertise and Chelsey’s literature degree to good use in this episode to discuss and analyze Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley, the first in his Easy Rawlins mystery series. We keep the discussion spoiler-free for about half of the episode. If you love mystery, film noir, or classic literature, then this book might be for you! Mosley manages to pack a ton of action, characterization, and social commentary in this short, 200 page novel. Dim the lights, pour a glass of bourbon, and put on your fedoras. It’s time to go back to 1948 and see what Easy Rawlins is up to…

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Show Notes:

Tuskegee Airmen

761st Tank Battalion (Black Panthers)

92nd Infantry Division (Buffalo Soldiers)

Medal of Honor Racial Disparity

Post-War Climate and Civil Rights

James Baldwin: The American Dream

Hardboiled Fiction

Pulp Fiction

Double Indemnity

Elements of Noir

Jim Crow Laws By State

Women in Film Noir

Books by Walter Mosley

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

The Stacks Podcast

Black Knights by Lynn Homan

Night at the Museum

Red Tails

Doris Miller

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