New Books Network

Katherine Franke, “Repair: Redeeming the Promise of Abolition” (Haymarket Books, 2020)
Katherine Franke’s ambitious new book challenges Americans to face our collective responsibility for ongoing racial inequality. Rather than fall back on what Franke calls a “palliative history” that emphasizes granting freedom and rights after the Civil War, Franke insists that Americans acknowledge the failure to provide any meaningful reparation to... Read More
Ismail K. White and Chryl N. Laird, “Steadfast Democrats: How Social Forces Shape Black Political Behavior” (Princeton UP, 2020)
In their new book, Steadfast Democrats: How Social Forces Shape Black Political Behavior (Princeton University Press, 2020), political scientists Ismail K. White and Chryl N. Laird explore the political behavior of African American voters in the United States and examine extensive data to determine how this particular group of voters have... Read More
Vincent Brown, “Tacky’s Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War” (Harvard UP, 2020)
In the second half of the eighteenth century, as European imperial conflicts extended the domain of capitalist agriculture, warring African factions fed their captives to the transatlantic slave trade while masters struggled continuously to keep their restive slaves under the yoke. In this contentious atmosphere, a movement of enslaved West... Read More
Jeff Forret, “William’s Gang: A Notorious Slave Trader and his Cargo of Black Convicts” (Cambridge UP, 2020)
Jeff Forret is the author of William’s Gang: A Notorious Slave Trader and his Cargo of Black Convicts, published by Cambridge University Press in 2020. William’s Gang explores the career of prominent slave trader William H. Williams, whose operation was based in Washington D.C. His infamous Yellow House slave pin... Read More
Paula C. Austin, “Coming of Age in Jim Crow DC: Navigating the Politics of Everyday Life” (NYU Press, 2019)
Coming of Age in Jim Crow DC: Navigating the Politics of Everyday Life (NYU Press, 2019) by Paula C. Austin, an Assistant Professor of history at Boston University, is not only a history of black youth in Washington D.C. in the 1930s but also a history of social science thought... Read More
Tobie S. Stein, “Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Performing Arts Workforce” (Routledge, 2020)
How can the performing arts confront racial inequality? In Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Performing Arts Workforce (Routledge, 2020), Tobie S. Stein, Professor Emerita in the Department of Theater, Brooklyn College, CUNY, analyses the longstanding failure of America’s performing arts industry to address issues of diversity. Drawing on interviews with... Read More
Kristen Hoerl, “Bad Sixties: Hollywood Memories of the Counterculture, Antiwar, and Black Power Movements” (UP of Mississippi, 2018)
On this episode of the New Books Network, Dr. Lee Pierce (she/they)–Asst. Prof. of Rhetoric and Communication at the State University of New York at Geneseo–interviews Kristen Hoerl (she/hers) on her impressive new book The Bad Sixties: Hollywood Memories of the Counterculture, Antiwar, and Black Power Movements (University Press of Mississippi,... Read More