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Forgotten Time
Forgotten Time

The Yazoo-Mississippi Delta after the Civil War

Willis, John C.

Although it came to epitomize the Cotton South in the twentieth century, the Yazoo-Mississippi Delta emerged as a distinct entity in the decades following the Civil War. As...


The Punitive Turn
The Punitive Turn

New Approaches to Race and Incarceration

McDowell, Deborah E., Harold, Claudrena N., Battle, Juan

The Punitive Turn explores the historical, political, economic, and sociocultural roots of mass incarceration, as well as its collateral costs and consequences. Giving...


After August
After August

Blues, August Wilson, and American Drama

Maley, Patrick

Critics have long suggested that August Wilson, who called blues "the best literature we have as black Americans," appropriated blues music for his plays. After August insists...


A New Plantation South
A New Plantation South

Land, Labor, and Federal Favor in Twentieth-Century Arkansas

Whayne, Jeannie M.

Jeannie M. Whayne traces the emergence of a transformed southern plantation system in the Arkansas delta decades after the end of the Civil War. By manipulating laws and...


Trustbuilding
Trustbuilding

An Honest Conversation on Race, Reconciliation, and Responsibility

Corcoran, Rob

"Trustbuilding, using personal narrative and exhaustive reporting by Rob Corcoran, chronicles how Hope in the Cities has moved what looked like an immoveable barricade...


From Morning To Night
From Morning To Night

Domestic Service at Maymont and the Gilded-Age South

O'Leary, Elizabeth

Step off the lush carpet and push through the swinging door of the butler’s pantry to enter the bustling realm of domestic workers at Maymont House from 1893 to 1925. In From...


Trans-Atlantic Sojourners
Trans-Atlantic Sojourners

The Story of an Americo-Liberian Family

Young, M. Neely

Unique in its formation and in a citizenry made up largely of repatriated ex-slaves, Liberia has been the scene of a fascinating intercontinental history. Trans-Atlantic...


Race Man
Race Man

The Rise and Fall of the "Fighting Editor," John Mitchell Jr

Alexander, Ann Field

Although he has largely receded from the public consciousness, John Mitchell Jr., the editor and publisher of the Richmond Planet, was well known to many black, and not a few...


Strategies for Survival
Strategies for Survival

Recollections of Bondage in Antebellum Virginia

Dusinberre, William

Strategies for Survival conveys the experience of bondage through the words of former slaves themselves. The interviews—conducted in Virginia in 1937 by WPA...


Freedom Summer
Freedom Summer
Belfrage, Sally

Freedom Summer is a richly detailed account of a young white woman who participated in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee's summer project in Mississippi in...


The Risen Phoenix
The Risen Phoenix

Black Politics in the Post–Civil War South

Dinnella-Borrego, Luis-Alejandro

The Risen Phoenix charts the changing landscape of black politics and political culture in the postwar South by focusing on the careers of six black congressmen who...


Enterprising Southerners
Enterprising Southerners

Black Economic Success in North Carolina 1865-1915

Kenzer, Robert C.

Surprisingly, there existed a small population of southern blacks who experienced economic gains in the fifty years following the Civil War. This book examines the...


The Key to the Door
The Key to the Door

Experiences of Early African American Students at the University of Virginia

Apprey, Maurice, Poe, Shelli M.

The Key to the Door frames and highlights the stories of some of the first black students at the University of Virginia. This inspiring account of resilience and...


Anthropology and Africa
Anthropology and Africa

Changing Perspectives on a Changing Scene

Moore, Sally Falk

No one working in Africa today or studying Africa in any discipline whatever can afford to ignore the anthropological literature. It has long been the foundational background...


A House Divided
A House Divided

Slavery and Emancipation in Delaware, 1638–1865

Essah, Patience

Delaware stood outside the primary streams of New World emancipation. Despite slavery's virtual demise in that state during the antebellum years and Delaware's staunch Unionism...


Rambles of a Runaway from Southern Slavery
Rambles of a Runaway from Southern Slavery
Goings, Henry, Schermerhorn, Calvin, Plunkett, Michael, Gaynor, Edward

Rambles of a Runaway from Southern Slavery tells of an extraordinary life in and out of slavery in the United States and Canada. Born Elijah Turner in the Virginia...


Ceramic Uncles and Celluloid Mammies
Ceramic Uncles and Celluloid Mammies

Black Images and Their Influence on Culture

Turner, Patricia A.

Exploring white American popular culture of the past century and a half, Turner details subtle and not-so-subtle negative tropes and images of black people, from Uncle Tom and...


Slave in A Box
Slave in A Box

The Strange Career of Aunt Jemima

Manring, Maurice M.

The figure of the mammy occupies a central place in the lore of the Old South and has long been used to ullustrate distinct social phenomena, including racial oppression and...


The Segregated Scholars
The Segregated Scholars

Black Social Scientists and the Creation of Black Labor Studies, 1890–1950

Wilson, Francille Rusan

In Segregated Scholars Francille Rusan Wilson explores the lives and work of fifteen black labor historians and social scientists as seen through the prisms of gender, class,...


Art and Revolution
Art and Revolution

The Life and Death of Thami Mnyele, South African Artist

Wylie, Diana

Thami Mnyele's life spanned the era of apartheid. He was born the same year the National Party won office and came of age in a time (the 1960s) and a place (Johannesburg) that...


Cultivation and Culture
Cultivation and Culture

Labor and the Shaping of Slave Life in the Americas

Berlin, Ira, Morgan, Philip D.

So central was labor in the lives of African-American slaves that it has often been taken for granted, with little attention given to the type of work that slaves did and the...


The Preacher and the Politician
The Preacher and the Politician

Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama, and Race in America

Walker, Clarence E., Smithers, Gregory D.

Barack Obama’s inauguration as the first African American president of the United States has caused many commentators to conclude that America has entered a postracial age. ...


We Face the Dawn
We Face the Dawn

Oliver Hill, Spottswood Robinson, and the Legal Team That Dismantled Jim Crow

Edds, Margaret

The decisive victories in the fight for racial equality in America were not easily won, much less inevitable; they were achieved through carefully conceived strategy and the...


The Color of Their Skin

Education and Race in Richmond, Virginia, 1954–89

Pratt, Robert A.

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Rituals of Race
Rituals of Race

American Public Culture and the Search for Racial Democracy

Lorini, Alessandra

In this sophisticated study of the struggle for African American human rights in America, Alessandra Lorini examines public events in New York City from the end of the Civil...


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