New Books Network

Max Felker-Kantor, “Policing Los Angeles: Race, Resistance, and the Rise of the LAPD” (UNC Press, 2018)
In recent years, the treatment of African Americans by police departments around the country has come under increased public scrutiny. As any student of the longer historical relationship between law enforcement and people of color will know, this relationship has been the subject of tension and scrutiny at many moments... Read More
Su’ad Abdul Khabeer, “Muslim Cool: Race, Religion, and Hip Hop in the United States” (NYU Press, 2016)
Islam in America has been profoundly shaped by the Black Muslim experience. However, Black Muslims are often marginalized both within their own religious communities and in public discourse about Muslim Americans. Su’ad Abdul Khabeer, Associate Professor at the University of Michigan, attends to this erasure by centering Black Muslims to... Read More
Michael A. Schoeppner, “Moral Contagion: Black Atlantic Sailors, Citizenship, and Diplomacy in Antebellum America” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
Between 1822 and 1857, eight Southern states barred the ingress of all free black maritime workers. According to lawmakers, they carried a ‘moral contagion’ of abolitionism and black autonomy that could be transmitted to local slaves. Those seamen who arrived in Southern ports in violation of the laws faced incarceration,... Read More
LaTanya McQueen, “And It Begins Like This” (Black Lawrence Press, 2018)
Today, I spoke with LaTanya McQueen, whose new collection of essays reckons with intriguing and timely questions about history, race, family, place, and self. It’s called And It Begins Like This (Black Lawrence Press, 2018), and I immediately found myself asking, “What’s it? What’s this?” Not until over halfway through the... Read More
Racquel J. Gates, “Double Negative: The Black Image and Popular Culture” (Duke UP, 2018)
Racquel J. Gates’ new book, Double Negative: The Black Image and Popular Culture (Duke University Press, 2018), interrogates understandings of African-American representations on screen.  This book is an important analysis of the concepts of negative and positive representations, especially in regard to the narrow space that these binary classifications create. Gates... Read More
Elena Schneider, “The Occupation of Havana: War, Trade and Slavery in the Atlantic World” (UNC Press, 2018)
Histories of the British occupation of Havana in 1762 have focused on imperial rivalries and the actions and decisions of European planters, colonial officials, and military officers. In her stunning revision, The Occupation of Havana: War, Trade and Slavery in the Atlantic World (University of North Carolina Press, 2018), Elena Schneider restores the... Read More
Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers, “They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South” (Yale UP, 2019)
Bridging women’s history, the history of the South, and African American history, this book makes a bold argument about the role of white women in American slavery. In her new book They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South (Yale University Press, 2019) historian Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers... Read More