BOOKS RECEIVED: Jake Oresick, “The Schenley Experiment: A Social History of Pittsburghs First Public High School” (Penn State UP, 2017)
The Schenley Experiment is the story of Pittsburghs first public high school, a social incubator in a largely segregated city that was highlyeven improbablysuccessful throughout its 156-year existence. Established in 1855 as Central High School and reorganized in 1916, Schenley… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Johari Jabie, “Conjuring Freedom: Music and Masculinity in the Civil Wars ‘Gospel Army'” (Ohio State UP, 2017)
Conjuring Freedom: Music and Masculinity in the Civil Wars Gospel Army analyzes the songs of the 1st South Carolina Volunteers, a regiment of Black soldiers who met nightly in the performance of the ring shout. In this study, acknowledging the… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Robert Darden, “Nothing but Love in God’s Water: Black Sacred Music from Sit-Ins to Resurrection City” (Penn State UP, 2016),
Volume 1 of Nothing but Love in Gods Water traced the music of protest spirituals from the Civil War to the American labor movement of the 1930s and 1940s, and on through the Montgomery bus boycott. This second volume continues… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Joseph Howell, “Civil Rights Journey: The Story Of A White Southerner Coming Of Age During The Civil Rights Revolution” (Left Coast Press, 2011)
Civil Rights Journey recounts the coming of age of a young man shaped early by the crucibles of polio and segregation (both by decree and by custom) and later by that of the civil rights movement. Joe Howell’s story depicts… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Katharina Schramm, “African Homecoming: Pan-African Ideology and Contested Heritage” (Left Coast Press, 2010)
African Americans and others in the African diaspora have increasingly come home to Africa to visit the sites at which their ancestors were enslaved and shipped. In this nuanced analysis of homecoming, Katharina Schramm analyzes how a shared rhetoric of… Read More
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