New Books Network

Jared Hardesty, “Black Lives, Native Lands, White Worlds: A History of Slavery in New England” (Bright Leaf, 2019)
Shortly after the first Europeans arrived in seventeenth-century New England, they began to import Africans and capture the area’s indigenous peoples as slaves. By the eve of the American Revolution, enslaved people comprised only about 4 percent of the population, but slavery had become instrumental to the region’s economy and... Read More
Greta de Jong, “You Can’t Eat Freedom: Southerners and Social Justice after the Civil Rights Movement” (UNC Press, 2016)
Professor Greta de Jong of the University of Nevada, Reno, discusses her book, You Can’t Eat Freedom: Southerners and Social Justice after the Civil Rights Movement (University of North Carolina Press, 2016), about rural organizing, social justice movements, and the connected histories of the Civil Rights Movement and the War... Read More
Marc Dollinger, “Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s” (Brandeis UP, 2018)
In Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s (Brandeis University Press, 2018), Professor Marc Dollinger who holds the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility at San Francisco State University, challenges widely held beliefs about the black-Jewish alliance in American politics. Dollinger shows how... Read More
Brenna Wynn Greer, “Represented: The Black Imagemakers Who Reimagined American Citizenship” (U Pennsylvania Press, 2019)
Brenna Wynn Greer’s new study Represented: The Black Imagemakers Who Reimagined American Citizenship (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019), provides a fascinating look at a trio of black imagemakers – publisher John H. Johnson, PR executive Moss Kendrix, and photographer Gordon Parks – who played a critical role in selling the nation civil rights and... Read More
Karen Cox, “Goat Castle: A True Story of Murder, Race, and the Gothic South” (UNC Press, 2017)
Karen Cox, Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, discusses her new book, Goat Castle: A True Story of Murder, Race, and the Gothic South (University of North Carolina Press, 2017), and what one murder case in 1930s Mississippi reveals about race relations, criminal justice, and... Read More
Steven White, “World War II and American Racial Politics: Public Opinion, the Presidency, and Civil Rights Advocacy” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
World War II played an important role in the trajectory of race and American political development, but the War’s effects were much more complex than many assume. In order to unpack these complexities and mine underutilized sources of public opinion data, Steven White had written World War II and American... Read More
Richard Bell, “Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped Into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home” (Simon and Schuster, 2019)
Richard Bell is the author of Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped Into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home, published by Simon & Schuster in 2019. Stolen tells the true story of how five young Black boys were kidnapped from Philadelphia in 1825. Dr. Bell recounts the boys’ journey as they... Read More