BOOKS RECEIVED: Du Bois, et al, “Encyclopedia of the Negro: Preparatory Volume with Reference Lists and Reports,” New ed. (Left Coast Press, 2008)
The publication of the Encyclopedia Africana in 1999 was only the most recent attempt to summarize our knowledge of African and African diaspora peoples. Famed social scientist W. E. B. Du Bois was involved in similar projects over half a… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Robert F. Darden, “Nothing But Love in God’s Water, V.1: Black Sacred Music from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement” (Penn State UP, 2014)
The first of two volumes chronicling the history and role of music in the African American experience, Nothing but Love in God’s Water explores how songs and singers helped African Americans challenge and overcome slavery, subjugation, and suppression. From the… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Bettina Bergo and Tracy Nicholls, eds., “‘I Don’t See Color:’ Personal and Critical Perspectives on White Privilege” (Penn State UP, 2015)
Who is white, and why should we care? There was a time when the immigrants of New York City’s Lower East Side—the Irish, the Poles, the Italians, the Russian Jews—were not white, but now “they” are. There was a time… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Carmenita Higginbotham, “The Urban Scene: Race, Reginald Marsh, and American Art” (Penn State UP, 2015)
In The Urban Scene, Carmenita Higginbotham offers a significant and innovative reassessment of the ways in which race is deployed and read in interwar American art. By focusing on the works of urban realist Reginald Marsh and his contemporaries,… Read More
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