New Books Network

Shirletta J. Kinchen, “Black Power in the Bluff City: African American Youth and Student Activism in Memphis, 1965–1975” (U Tennessee Press, 2016)
During the civil rights era, Memphis gained a reputation for having one of the South’s strongest NAACP branches. But that organization, led by the city’s black elite, was hardly the only driving force in the local struggle against racial injustice. In the late sixties, Black Power proponents advocating economic, political,... Read More
Catherine Keyser, “Artificial Color: Modern Food and Racial Fictions” (Oxford UP, 2019)
In this this interview, Carrie Tippen talks with Catherine Keyser about early twentieth century fiction and the role that modern food plays in literature as a language for talking about race and racial categories. In Artificial Color: Modern Food and Racial Fictions, published in 2019 by Oxford University Press, Keyser... Read More
David Varel, “The Lost Black Scholar: Resurrecting Allison Davis in American Social Thought” (U Chicago Press, 2018)
Allison Davis (1902-1983) was a pioneering anthropologist who did ground-breaking fieldwork in the Jim Crow south,  challenged the racial bias of IQ tests, and became the first African American to be tenured at the University of Chicago. And yet despite these contributions Davis’s work is little read today. The Lost... Read More
Seán Moore, “Slavery and the Making of Early American Libraries” (Oxford UP, 2019)
Early American libraries stood at the nexus of two transatlantic branches of commerce—the book trade and the slave trade. Slavery and the Making of Early American Libraries: British Literature, Political Thought, and the Transatlantic Book Trade, 1731-1814 (Oxford University Press, 2019) bridges the study of these trades by demonstrating how Americans’ profits... Read More
Tanisha C. Ford, “Dressed in Dreams: A Black Girl’s Love Letter to the Power of Fashion” (St. Martins Press, 2019)
In this highly engaging book, fashionista and pop culture expert Tanisha C. Ford investigates Afros and dashikis, go-go boots and hotpants of the sixties, hip hop’s baggy jeans and bamboo earrings, and the #BlackLivesMatter-inspired hoodies of today. The history of these garments is deeply intertwined with Ford’s story as a... Read More
Tiffany Gill, “To Turn the Whole World Over: Black Women and Internationalism” (U Illinois Press, 2019)
Annette Joseph-Gabriel talks with Tiffany Gill about the history of African American travel in the late twentieth century and its significance to Black communities across the lines of class and gender. Joseph-Gabriel is an assistant professor of French at the University of Michigan, College of Literature, Science and the Arts.... Read More
Yuko Miki, “Frontiers of Citizenship: A Black and Indigenous History of Postcolonial Brazil” (Cambridge UP, 2018)
Yuko Miki’s book, Frontiers of Citizenship: A Black and Indigenous History of Postcolonial Brazil (Cambridge University Press, 2018), was the recent recipient of LASA’s 19th-century section Honorable Mention for Best Book. Frontiers of Citizenship is a beautifully written book that integrates quite seamlessly the history black and indigenous peoples in 19th-century Brazil.... Read More