New Books Network

Adrienne Petty, “Standing Their Ground: Small Farmers in North Carolina Since the Civil War” (Oxford UP, 2013)
Professor Adrienne Petty discusses her book, Standing Their Ground: Small Farmers in North Carolina Since the Civil War (Oxford University Press, 2013), about the black and white farmers in the South who were part of the “small farming class,” and their evolving strategies for holding onto their land through the... Read More
Great Books: Rich Blint on James Baldwin’s “Another Country”
“If we – and now I mean the relatively conscious whites and the relatively conscious blacks […] do not falter in our duty now, we may be able […] to end the racial nightmare, and achieve our country, and change the history of the world.” James Baldwin’s appeal and admonition... Read More
Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, “The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games” (NYU Press, 2019)
Ebony Elizabeth Thomas has written a beautiful, captivating, and thoughtful book about the idea of our imaginations, especially our cultural imaginations, and the images and concepts that we all consume, especially as young readers and audience members. The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to the Hunger... Read More
Christopher Cameron, “Black Freethinkers: A History of African American Secularism” (Northwestern UP, 2019)
Black Freethinkers: A History of African American Secularism (Northwestern University Press, 2019) by Christopher Cameron, an Associate Professor of history at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, is a precise and nuanced history of African American secularism from the early nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. This text is written... Read More
John N. Singer, “Race, Sports, and Education: Improving Opportunities and Outcomes for Black Male College Athletes” (Harvard Ed Press, 2019)
College sport is a multi-billion dollar industry. The men and women who lead the teams in the most important conferences often make millions of dollars between their coaching salaries and endorsement deals. But what about the athletes themselves? Most get a “free ride” (tuition, food and board), but is that... Read More
Alys Eve Weinbaum, “The Afterlife of Reproductive Slavery: Biocapitalism and Black Feminism’s Philosophy of History” (Duke UP, 2019)
In The Afterlife of Reproductive Slavery: Biocapitalism and Black Feminism’s Philosophy of History (Duke University Press, 2019), University of Washington Professor of English Alys Eve Weinbaum investigates the continuing resonances of Atlantic slavery in the cultures and politics of human reproduction that characterize contemporary biocapitalism. As a form of racial... Read More
Keri Leigh Merritt, “Masterless Men: Poor Whites and Slavery in the Antebellum South” (Cambridge UP, 2017)
Keri Leigh Merritt discusses her book, Masterless Men: Poor Whites and Slavery in the Antebellum South (Cambridge University Press, 2017), and intersections of race, class, politics, and slavery in the pre-Civil War South. Analyzing land policy, labor, and legal history, Merritt reveals what happens to excess workers when a capitalist... Read More