New Books Network

A. de la Fuente and A. J. Gross, “Becoming Free, Becoming Black: Race, Freedom, and Law in Cuba, Virginia, and Louisiana” (Cambridge UP, 2020)
How did Africans become ‘blacks’ in the Americas? Becoming Free, Becoming Black: Race, Freedom, and Law in Cuba, Virginia, and Louisiana (Cambridge University Press, 2020) tells the story of enslaved and free people of color who used the law to claim freedom and citizenship for themselves and their loved ones.... Read More
Greg Garrett, “A Long, Long Way: Hollywood’s Unfinished Journey from Racism to Reconciliation” (Oxford UP, 2020)
In his powerful new book, A Long, Long Way: Hollywood’s Unfinished Journey from Racism to Reconciliation (Oxford University Press, 2020), Greg Garrett brings his signature brand of theologically motivated cultural criticism to bear on this history. After more than a century of cinema, he argues, movies have altered our cultural perspectives... Read More
Shana Redmond, “Everything Man: The Form and Function of Paul Robeson” (Duke UP, 2020)
In Everything Man: The Form and Function of Paul Robeson (Duke University Press, 2020), Shana Redmond explores the ways in which Paul Robeson, silenced by state repression in his lifetime, still speaks to us today. Through explorations of Robeson’s genre-defying genius as well as reflections on how Robeson’s legacy continues... Read More
Clifford Mason, “Macbeth in Harlem: Black Theater in America from the Beginning to Raisin in the Sun” (Rutgers UP, 2020)
Macbeth in Harlem: Black Theater in America from the Beginning to Raisin in the Sun (Rutgers University Press, 2020) by Clifford Mason, celebrated actor, director, writer, and playwright, and author of thirty-four plays, is a sweeping history of Black theatre from the early nineteenth century through 1959. With an “Introduction”... Read More
Monika Gosin, “The Racial Politics of Division: Interethnic Struggles For Legitimacy in Multicultural Miami” (Cornell UP, 2019)
Over recent years, scholarship centering Afrolatinidad has pushed the bounds of the field towards greater forms of racial and ethnic understanding. Dr. Monika Gosin’s monograph, The Racial Politics of Division: Interethnic Struggles For Legitimacy in Multicultural Miami (Cornell University, 2019), adds to this burgeoning literary canon. By examining how controversial... Read More
Marcia Chatelain, “Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America” (Liveright, 2020)
Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America (Liveright, 2020) by Marcia Chatelain is a fascinating examination of the relationship between the fast-food industry, Black business owners, and the communities where they set up franchises after the Holy Week Uprisings of 1968. Using McDonalds as a “prism” to study the expansion... Read More
R. Farrugia and K. D. Hay, “Women Rapping Revolution: Hip Hop and Community Building in Detroit” (U California Press, 2020)
On this episode of the New Books Network, Lee Pierce (s/t) interviews Rebekah Farrugia and Kellie D. Hay of Oakland University on their new book Women Rapping Revolution.(University of California Press, 2020). Detroit, Michigan, has long been recognized as a center of musical innovation and social change. Rebekah Farrugia and... Read More
Aaron Kamugisha, “Beyond Coloniality: Citizenship and Freedom in the Caribbean Intellectual Tradition” (Indiana UP, 2019)
Aaron Kamugisha reads CLR James and Sylvia Wynter to glean from them ways to navigate the “beyond” of coloniality. In his new book Beyond Coloniality: Citizenship and Freedom in the Caribbean Intellectual Tradition (Indiana University Press, 2019), reminds us of a Caribbean radical tradition that is fiercely critical of racism, middle-class... Read More
Jill Strauss, “Slavery’s Descendants: Shared Legacies of Race and Reconciliation” (Rutgers UP, 2019)
Race remains a potent and divisive force in our society. Whether it is the shooting of minority people by the police, the mass incarceration of people of color, or the recent KKK rallies that have been in the news, it is clear that the scars from the United States’ histories... Read More