Michael Joseph Roberto arrived in Greensboro in 1980, little aware that it would it become his home for the next 40 years. A lifelong musician and an historian in the making, Roberto became a journalist for the black-owned weekly, The Carolina Peacemaker in 1984 and then the News & Record where he worked until 1994. Bidding farewell to corporate journalism, Roberto resumed graduate work in history at Boston College, where he began in 1972 as a doctoral student in European medieval and early modern history. He returned to Greensboro in 1996 to teach at Guilford Technical Community College before joining the faculty at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University the following year, where he taught world history, the history of socialism, environmental history and other topics until his retirement from teaching in December 2016.
Roberto, who holds a BA from Adelphi University (1970) and an MA from the University of Rhode Island (1972), completed the Ph.D. in Modern European History at Boston College in 2001 with a successful defense of his dissertation on Karl Marx’s concept of progress. The author and co-author of numerous publications in scholarly journals and mainstream media, Roberto completed his first book in 2018, The Coming of The American Behemoth: The Origins of Fascism in the United States (Monthly Review Press).
More recently, he has returned to his lifelong work, that of a musician. He is a percussionist – bongos and congas his first love – who has played with many leading players in the world of jazz, R&B and funk, among them Les McCann, Tom Browne and Dr. Lonnie Smith. His new band, BAZOOKA!, will come out to the people of Greensboro when the current crisis ends and the city once again becomes a center for the cultivation of new music by local musicians, many who have played with the greatest ever.
The Coming of the American Behemoth: The Origins of Fascism in the United States, 1920–1940
Publication Date: November 2018
Number of Pages: 466
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-58367-731-5
Cloth ISBN: 978-1-58367-732-2
eBook ISBN: 978-1-58367-733-9