New Books Network

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
Brandon R. Byrd, “The Black Republic: African Americans and the Fate of Haiti” (U Penn Press, 2019)
Brandon R. Byrd is the author of The Black Republic: African Americans and the Fate of Haiti, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2019. The Black Republic examines the multitude of responses by African American leaders towards Haiti following the Civil War and going into the 20th century.... Read More
Talitha LeFlouria, “Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South” (UNC Press, 2016)
Professor Talitha LeFlouria, a fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute at the University of Virginia, discusses her book, Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South (University of North Carolina Press, 2016) and the lives, labors, and legacies of incarcerated black women and the convict... Read More
Joyce Ashuntantang, “A Basket of Flaming Ashes” (African Books Collective, 2010)
Joyce Ashuntantang talks about her experiences as a traveler and a poet, from her childhood Cameroon to her years studying in Great Britain and the United States. Ashuntantang is a professor of English at Hillyer College, University of Hartford. She is the author of many works of poetry, including A Basket... Read More
Darnella Davis, “Untangling a Red, White, and Black Heritage: A Personal History of the Allotment Era” (U New Mexico Press, 2018)
In Untangling a Red, White, and Black Heritage: A Personal History of the Allotment Era (U New Mexico Press, 2018), Darnella Davis combines the personal with the national in telling the story of allotment in Indian Territory/Oklahoma. Dr. Davis traces her family story back several generations and explores the contested and... Read More