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William L. Patterson, “We Charge Genocide: The Crime of Government Against the Negro People” (International Publishers, 2017)
In 2017, We Charge Genocide: The Crime of Government Against the Negro People, the historic petition authored by William L. Patterson, was published in its third edition. It has been nearly 70 years since Patterson, who passed away in 1980, and Paul Roberson, who passed away in 1976, presented the... Read More
Jennifer Cobbina, “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot: Why the Protests in Ferguson and Baltimore Matter, and How They Changed America” (NYU Press, 2019)
Following the high-profile deaths of eighteen-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and twenty-five-year-old Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Maryland, both cities erupted in protest over the unjustified homicides of unarmed black males at the hands of police officers. These local tragedies—and the protests surrounding them—assumed national significance, igniting fierce debate about... Read More
Teresa A. Goddu, “Selling Antislavery: Abolition and Mass Media in Antebellum America” (U Pennsylvania Press, 2020)
Selling Antislavery: Abolition and Mass Media in Antebellum America (University of Pennsylvania Press) is a richly illustrated history of the American Anti-Slavery Society and its print, material, and visual artifacts. Beginning with its establishment in the early 1830s, the American Anti-Slavery Society (AASS) recognized the need to reach and consolidate... Read More
Postscript: Race, Anger and Citizenship in the USA
How do we have a serious conversation about race that moves beyond the brevity of Twitter or an op-ed? In this episode of Post-Script (a New Books in Political Science series from Lilly Goren and Susan Liebell), three scholars engage in a nuanced and fearless discussion grounded in history, data,... Read More
Edward C. Valandra, “Colorizing Restorative Justice: Voicing Our Realities” (Living Justice Press, 2020)
Colorizing Restorative Justice: Voicing Our Realities (Living Justice Press, 2020) consists of stories that have arisen from the lived experiences of a broad range of seasoned, loving restorative justice practitioners of color—mostly women—who have fiercely unearthed realities about devastation caused by white practitioners who have unthinkingly worked without a racial... Read More
Roundtable Discussion of Jennifer Morgan’s “Laboring Women: Reproduction and Gender in New World Slavery” (UPenn Press, 2004)
Welcome to New Books in African American Studies, a channel on the New Books Network. I am your host Adam McNeil. Today is part 2 of my discussion about Dr. Jennifer L. Morgan’s 2004 Laboring Women: Reproduction and Gender in New World Slavery. Instead of Dr. Morgan, who was featured... Read More
B. Heersink and J. A. Jenkins, “Republican Party Politics and the American South, 1865-1968” (Cambridge UP, 2020)
Prior to the 1960s, Democrats were seen as having a lock on the South in national and local electoral politics, while Republicans had strengths in other parts of the country. While this was the case for some time, Boris Heersink and Jeffery A. Jenkins, in their new book,Republican Party Politics and... Read More
Hettie V. Williams, “Bury My Heart in a Free Land: Black Women Intellectuals in Modern U.S. History” (Praeger, 2018)
Black women intellectuals have traditionally been overlooked in the academic study of American intellectual history. Bury My Heart in a Free Land: Black Women Intellectuals in Modern U.S. History (Praeger) highlights the important contributions of both well- and lesser-known abolitionists, civil rights activists, preachers, writers, and artists to all spheres... Read More
Muhammed Fraser-Rahim, “America’s Other Muslims” (Lexington Books, 2020)
America’s Other Muslims: Imam W.D. Mohammed, Islamic Reform, and the Making of American Islam explores the oldest and perhaps the most important Muslim community in America, whose story has received little attention in the contemporary context. Muhammad Fraser-Rahim explores American Muslim Revivalist, Imam W.D. Mohammed (1933–2008) and his contribution to... Read More
Jennifer L. Morgan, “Laboring Women: Reproduction and Gender in New World Slavery” (U Pennsylvania Press, 2004)
In 2004, Dr. Jennifer L. Morgan’s Laboring Women: Reproduction and Gender in New World Slavery (University of Pennsylvania Press) was published. Sixteen years later, Morgan’s Laboring Women stands tall as one of the most important historical texts in the history of the academy. Building on Dr. Deborah Gray White’s literal... Read More