African American Studies

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The Eight

The personal and legal struggle of eight enslaved people for freedom in New York in the period just before the Civil War.

Reauthoring Savage Inequalities

Offers rich, wide-ranging counternarratives to social, political, and educational discourses that characterize urban schools and communities as places of despair, revealing the resources and strategies of resistance that teachers, students, and families use to succeed and thrive.

The Racial Crisis in American Higher Education, Third Edition

Fully revised, updated edition of the classic text with all new essays assessing the state of race and racial issues in US higher education today.

Blues on Stage

Tells the story of classic blues singers from Ma Rainey to Bessie Smith.

Erotic Testimonies

Asks how Black women tap into their feelings to develop ways to live freely.

Racism and Resistance

Essays providing a multi-disciplinary look at Derrick Bell's thesis of racial realism.

Addiction Recovery and Resilience

Analyzes the tensions and triumphs of a unique, faith-based, addiction recovery organization in a high poverty neighborhood.

Racial Equity on College Campuses

Offers insight into race-based disparities in higher education and practical tools for advancing racial equity on college and university campuses.

Stakes Is High

A rich, authentic account of eight young Black men's experiences on their paths to and through college.

Much Sound and Fury, or the New Jim Crow?

Edited by Michael A. Smith
Subjects: Politics And Law

Intensive look at restrictive new voting laws ostensibly designed to target voter fraud but criticized as being racially-based voter suppression.

Black Campus Life

Ethnography of Black engineering majors navigating campus life at a historically White university.

Black Lives Matter in US Schools

A powerful anthology on the role of curricula in perpetuating—and resisting—oppression.

Truly Blessed and Highly Favored

An intimate and moving account of how the author rose from poverty to become a major Black political figure in New York State.

Smooth Operating and Other Social Acts

An engaging homage to African American resilience and resourcefulness in US literature and culture.

Tales from Du Bois

Offers a new framework for understanding Du Bois's poetics and politics, including the concept of double consciousness, by tracing the trope of the cross-caste romance across his fiction.

Black Women and Public Health

Moves Black women's voices and experiences from the margins to the center of conversations about public health.

The Atlantic and Africa

Traces the inner connections between the second slavery in the Americas, slavery in Africa, the abolition of the Atlantic slave trade, and the "Great Transformation" of the nineteenth century world economy.

The Other American Dilemma

Examines how Mexican Americans experienced “unofficial” Jim Crow inside and outside the American education system, and how they used the courts, Mexican Consul, and other resources to challenge that discrimination.

Toward an African Future—Of the Limit of World

Examines the thought of W. E. B. Du Bois, with attention to its potential for reorienting present-day critical theory and political philosophy.

Making the Case

Analyzes the value of using case-based methodologies to address contemporary social justice issues in philosophy.

America in Denial

Examines how race-neutral programs and policies harm, rather than improve, the lives of blacks in the United States.

More Than Our Pain

Covering rage and grief, as well as joy and fatigue, examines how Black Lives Matter activists, and the artists inspired by them, have mobilized for social justice.

Michael Jackson and the Quandary of a Black Identity

A close examination of the complexity inherent in Michael Jackson's ambiguous racial identity.

Sisterlocking Discoarse

Follows a Black woman's forty-year career in academia, sharing how race and gender can disrupt and enhance the professional and the personal, from leadership and policies to family life.

This Bridge Called My Back, Fortieth Anniversary Edition

Fortieth anniversary edition of the foundational text of women of color feminism.

From the Bayou to the Bay

The intellectual autobiography of a leading scholar in the field of African American Studies.

Teaching Race in Perilous Times

Multidisciplinary anthology on teaching issues of race and racism in US college classrooms.

Plantation Politics and Campus Rebellions

Argues that plantation life, its racialized inequities, and the ongoing struggle against them are embedded in not only the physical structures but also the everyday workings of higher education.

Decolonizing American Philosophy

Wide-ranging examination of American philosophy's ties to settler colonialism and its role as both an object and a force of decolonization.

Black Women's Yoga History

Examines how Black women elders have managed stress, emphasizing how self-care practices have been present since at least the mid-nineteenth century, with roots in African traditions.

Sankofa

Explores the complex interplay of race and culture in the doctoral experiences of African American students.

Freedom in Laughter

Analyzes the dynamic period in which Dick Gregory and Bill Cosby moved African American professional stand-up comedy from the chitlin’ circuit to the mainstream.

See America

The first history of the US Travel Bureau, which set the precedent for federal involvement in promoting tourism and travel, an activity which continues today.

Black Cultural Mythology

Offers a new conceptual framework rooted in mythological analysis to ground the field of Africana cultural memory studies.

City on the Edge

Explores why people stay in vulnerable cities by looking at Syracuse, New York, through the contemporary experiences of five citizens.

African Americans and the First Amendment

The first detailed examination of African Americans and First Amendment rights, from the colonial era to the present.

Exiles, Entrepreneurs, and Educators

Compares the political activities of African Americans who settled in Ghana in the 1950s and 1960s with those who settled in the 1980s to the present.

The Revolution Will Not Be Theorized

Studies the revolutionary theory of the Black Power Movement in the 1960s through ʼ70s, placing it within the broader social theory of black revolution in the United States since the nineteenth century.

Neo-race Realities in the Obama Era

Edited by Heather E. Harris
Subjects: Communication

Considers the impact of neo-racism during the Obama presidency.

One America?

Reveals how presidents deploy a rhetoric that attempts to attract many racial and ethnic groups, but ultimately directs itself to an archtypal white, Middle-American swing voter.

Gender and the Abjection of Blackness

An anti-racist critique of gender studies as a field.

Dimensions of Blackness

A multidimensional approach captures the complexities of African American racial identity.

Another white Man's Burden

Demonstrates the extent to which Josiah Royce’s ideas about race were motivated explicitly in terms of imperial conquest.

Animating Black and Brown Liberation

Offers a new framework for reading American literatures that critically links African American and Latinx traditions and struggles for liberation.

Black Women and Social Justice Education

Focuses on Black women’s experiences and expertise in order to advance educational philosophy and provide practical tools for social justice pedagogy.

The Caribbeanization of Black Politics

Examines the continuing ethnic diversification of black America and its impact on black political empowerment.

Black Women's Mental Health

Creates a new framework for approaching Black women’s wellness, by merging theory and practice with both personal narratives and public policy.

Hip Hop Beats, Indigenous Rhymes

Argues that Indigenous hip hop is the latest and newest assertion of Indigenous sovereignty throughout Indigenous North America.

Ronald W. Walters and the Fight for Black Power, 1969-2010

Combines history and biography to interpret the last half century of black politics in America as represented in the life and work of a pivotal African American public intellectual.

Diasporic Blackness

Examines the life of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg through the lens of both Blackness and latinidad.

After Katrina

Argues that post-Katrina New Orleans is a key site for exploring competing narratives of American decline and renewal at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

Being Black, Being Male on Campus

Explores how race and gender matter on campus and how Black males navigate college for academic and personal success.

Meaning-Making, Internalized Racism, and African American Identity

Presents research on how variations in African Americans’ racial self-concept affects meaning-making and internalized oppression.

Slavery and Freedom in the Mid-Hudson Valley

Explores the long-neglected rural dimensions of northern slavery and emancipation in New York's Mid-Hudson Valley.

The Politics of the Second Slavery

Sheds new light on both pro and antislavery politics in the nineteenth-century Americas.

Race Still Matters

Essays debunking the notion that contemporary America is a colorblind society.

A Pedagogy of Anticapitalist Antiracism

Argues that the economic system itself is culpable in maintaining our oppressive educational status quo.

Hopes and Expectations

Describes in rich detail African American daily life among free blacks in the North in the 1860s.

Rhetorical Healing

Reveals the rhetorical strategies African American writers have used to promote Black women’s recovery and wellness through educational and entertainment genres and the conservative gender politics that are distributed when these efforts are sold for public consumption.

New Frontiers of Slavery

Essays challenging conventional understandings of the slave economy of the nineteenth century.

Are All the Women Still White?

Provides a contemporary response to such landmark volumes as All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men, But Some of Us Are Brave and This Bridge Called My Back.

The Fifth Element

Explores spoken word poetry as a tool for social justice, critical feminist pedagogy, and new ways of teaching.

Race, Ethnicity, and Place in a Changing America, Third Edition

Uses both historical and contemporary case studies to examine how race and ethnicity affect the places we live, work, and visit. .

Schoolhouse Activists

Examines the role of African American educators in the Birmingham civil rights movement.

The Spike Lee Brand

A rare look at Spike Lee’s creative appropriation of the documentary film genre.

In the Face of Inequality

First comparative historical analysis of the organizational growth of black colleges.

Bricktop's Paris

Tells the fascinating story of African American women who traveled to France to seek freedom of expression.

Hartford's Ann Plato and the Native Borders of Identity

By Ron Welburn
Subjects: Literature

Upholds Ann Plato as a noteworthy nineteenth-century writer, while reexamining her life and writing from an American Indian perspective.

Retrieving the Human

An interdisciplinary consideration of Paul Gilroy's contributions to cultural theory and understandings of modernity.

Toni Morrison and the Queer Pleasure of Ghosts

By Juda Bennett
Subjects: Literature

Offers the first queer reading of all ten of Morrison's novels.

In the Life and in the Spirit

Examines a range of fiction that challenges widespread assumptions about what it means to be a black person of faith.

The Demise of the Inhuman

Employs a critical Afrocentric reading of Western constructions of knowledge so as to overcome the dehumanizing tendencies of modernity.

Passing Interest

Explores how the trope of racial passing continues to serve as a touchstone for gauging public beliefs and anxieties about race in this multiracial era.

Southern Life, Northern City

The inspirational story of an African American community that migrated from the Deep South to Albany, New York, in the 1930s.

Breaching Jericho's Walls

An award-winning African-American historian and novelist takes the reader on an exciting journey from a segregated Philadephia childhood in the 1930's to mid-century Paris, Moscow, Cambridge, and Manhattan.

Black Haze, Second Edition

Expanded and revised edition of the first book devoted solely to black fraternity hazing.

Freedom Journey

The story of thirty-six African American men who drew upon their shared community of The Hills for support as they fought in the Civil War.

This Bridge Called My Back, Fourth Edition

Updated and expanded edition of the foundational text of women of color feminism.

What Has This Got to Do with the Liberation of Black People?

A compelling intellectual and political study of a leading post–civil rights era African American political theorist and strategist.

Habitations of the Veil

A hermeneutical study of metaphor in African American literature.

Knowledge, Power, and Black Politics

Develops an alternative framework for describing and explaining African American politics and the American political system and applies it to a number of case studies.

Beyond Banneker

An in-depth look at the lives, experiences, and professional careers of Black mathematicians in the United States.

Repositioning Race

Examines the progress of and obstacles faced by African Americans in twenty-first-century America.

A Pedagogy of Witnessing

Explores the curating of “difficult knowledge” through the exhibition of lynching photographs in contemporary museums.

Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around

Reveals a remarkable woman’s life and her contributions to social justice movements related to Civil Rights, feminism, lesbian and gay liberation, anti-racism, and Black feminism.

Inside Ocean Hill–Brownsville

The story of an Ocean Hill–Brownsville teacher who crossed picket lines during the racially charged New York City teachers’ strike of 1968.

A Human Necklace

By Moira Ferguson
Subjects: Literature

Argues that Paule Marshall’s work collectively constitutes a multigenerational saga of the African diaspora across centuries and continents.

Yemoja

Bridges theory, art, and practice to discuss emerging issues in transnational religious movements in Latina/o and African diasporas.

Postmodernism, Traditional Cultural Forms, and African American Narratives

Examines how six writers reconfigure African American subjectivity in ways that recall postmodernist theory.

The Grasp That Reaches beyond the Grave

Explores Black women writers’ treatment of the ancestor figure.

Black Passports

A resource guide that uses African American memoir to address a variety of issues related to mentoring and curriculum development.

Vernacular Insurrections

By Carmen Kynard
Subjects: Education

Relates Black Freedom Movements to literacy education.

John F. Kennedy, Barack Obama, and the Politics of Ethnic Incorporation and Avoidance

Fascinating look at the challenges faced by John F. Kennedy and Barack Obama in their quests to win the presidency.

Black Harlem and the Jewish Lower East Side

Comprehensive analysis of how Harlem and the Lower East Side have been depicted over the course of the twentieth century in African American and Jewish American literature.

Seeking the Beloved Community

Selected essays on radical social change.

From Every Mountainside

Essays on the civil rights movement outside the South and since the 1960s.

Struggles for Equal Voice

Reveals how African Americans used cable television as a means of empowerment.

Body as Evidence

Analyzes how race and gender intersect in the rhetoric and imagery of popular culture in the early twenty-first century

Faithful to the Task at Hand

The story of Lucy Diggs Slowe, a pioneering African American figure in sports and education