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States of Violence
States of Violence

Politics, Youth, and Memory in Contemporary Africa

Bay, Edna G., Donham, Donald L.

The essayists whose work is collected here -- historians, anthropologists, and political scientists -- bring their diverse disciplinary perspectives to bear on various forms of...


Leading the Race
Leading the Race

The Transformation of the Black Elite in the Nation's Capital, 1880–1920

Moore, Jacqueline M.

Historians of the African American experience after Reconstruction have tended to imply that the black elite served only their own interests, that their exclusive control of...


Against the Hounds of Hell
Against the Hounds of Hell

A Life of Howard Thurman

Eisenstadt, Peter

An inspiration to Martin Luther King Jr., James Farmer, and other leaders of the civil rights movement, Howard Thurman was a crucial figure in the history of African Americans...


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...


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...


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...


In Search of Julien Hudson

Free Artist of Color in Pre–Civil War New Orleans

Greenwald, Erin M.

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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...


Monumental
Monumental

Oscar Dunn and His Radical Fight in Reconstruction Louisiana

Mitchell, Brian K., Edwards, Barrington S., Weldon, Nick

Monumental tells, for the first time, the incredible story of Oscar James Dunn, a New Orleanian born into slavery who became America’s first Black lieutenant governor and...


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...


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...


Richard Potter
Richard Potter

America's First Black Celebrity

Hodgson, John A.

Apart from a handful of exotic--and almost completely unreliable--tales surrounding his life, Richard Potter is almost unknown today. Two hundred years ago, however, he was the...


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...


Schooling Jim Crow
Schooling Jim Crow

The Fight for Atlanta's Booker T. Washington High School and the Roots of Black Protest Politics

Driskell, Jay Winston Jr.

In 1919 the NAACP organized a voting bloc powerful enough to compel the city of Atlanta to budget $1.5 million for the construction of schools for black students. This victory...


The Adventures of Amos 'n' Andy
The Adventures of Amos 'n' Andy

A Social History of an American Phenomenon

Ely, Melvin Patrick

Forty million Americans indulged in a national obsession in 1930: they eagerly tuned in Amos 'n' Andy, the nightly radio comedy in which a pair of white actors portrayed the...


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,...


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...


A Way out of No Way
A Way out of No Way

Claiming Family and Freedom in the New South

Swann-Wright, Dianne

An African American folk saying declares, "Our God can make a way out of no way.... He can do anything but fail." When Dianne Swann-Wright set out to capture and relate the...


Black Aesthetics and the Interior Life
Black Aesthetics and the Interior Life
Freeburg, Christopher

Christopher Freeburg’s  Black Aesthetics and the Interior Life offers a crucial new reading of a neglected aspect of African American literature and art across the long...


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...


Economy Hall
Economy Hall

The Hidden History of a Free Black Brotherhood

Shaik, Fatima

It is impossible to imagine New Orleans, and by extension American history, without the vibrant and singular Creole culture. In the face of an oppressive white society, members...


Murder at Morija
Murder at Morija

Faith, Mystery, and Tragedy on an African Mission

Couzens, Tim

Just before Christmas in 1920, six people sat down to a meal at Morija, headquarters of the Paris Evangelical Missionary Society in Basutoland (Lesotho). All six were taken...


Strategies for Survival
Strategies for Survival

Recollections of Bondage in Antebellum Virginia

Dusinberre, William

Strategies for Survival conveys the experience of bondage through former enslaved people's own words. The source of this landmark content is a remarkable series of...


A Guidebook to Virginia's African American Historical Markers
A Guidebook to Virginia's African American Historical Markers

Virginia encompasses "this nation’s longest continuous experience of Afro-American life and culture," esteemed scholar Armstead L. Robinson has written. This book offers both...


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...


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