New Books Network

Simon Balto, “Occupied Territory: Policing Black Chicago From Red Summer to Black Power” (UNC Press, 2019)
Recent scholarship locates the origins of mass incarceration in national anticrime policy from 1960 to 1990, and has drastically reframed the “punitive turn” in American politics as bipartisan. But how then, do we reckon with the fact that most police policy and funding is determined locally? In his new book,... Read More
Joshua D. Farrington, “Black Republicans and the Transformation of the GOP” (U Pennsylvania Press, 2016)
Reflecting on his fifty-year effort to steer the Grand Old Party toward black voters, Memphis power broker George W. Lee declared, “Somebody had to stay in the Republican Party and fight.” As Joshua D. Farrington, Instructor in African & African-American Studies at Eastern Kentucky University, recounts in Black Republicans and... Read More
Paul Finkelman, “Supreme Injustice: Slavery in the Nation’s Highest Court” (Harvard UP, 2018)
In this episode of the American Society for Legal History’s podcast Talking Legal History Siobhan talks with Paul Finkelman, President of Gratz College, about his book Supreme Injustice: Slavery in the Nation’s Highest Court (Harvard University Press, 2018). Finkelman is a specialist on the history of slavery and the law.... Read More
Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi, “For Black Trans Girls Who Gotta Cuss A Mother F*cker Out When Snatching An Edge Ain’t Enough”
Inspired by Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls who considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi has written her own beautiful choreo drama titled For Black Trans Girls Who Gotta Cuss A Mother F*cker Out When Snatching An Edge Ain’t Enough. Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi describes For Black... Read More
Mary-Elizabeth Murphy, “Jim Crow Capital: Women and Black Freedom Struggles in Washington, DC, 1920-1945” (UNC Press, 2018)
Though women’s roles in the black freedom struggle remain under-acknowledged, scholars continue to make their importance clear. In her new book, Jim Crow Capital: Women and Black Freedom Struggles in Washington, DC, 1920-1945 (University of North Carolina Press, 2018), Mary-Elizabeth Murphy (Associate Professor of History at Eastern Michigan University) examines black women’s... Read More
Kristin O’Brassill-Kulfan, “Vagrants and Vagabonds: Poverty and Mobility in the Early American Republic” (NYU Press, 2019)
Kristin O’Brassill-Kulfan is the author of Vagrants and Vagabonds: Poverty and Mobility in the Early American Republic, published by New York University Press in 2019. Vagrants and Vagabonds focuses on the control over poor migrants’ mobility and how their movement shaped ideas of class, race, and status in the United... Read More
Claudrena N. Harold, “Charlottesville 2017: The Legacy of Race and Inequity” (U Virginia Press, 2018)
When hate groups descended on Charlottesville, Virginia, triggering an eruption of racist violence, the tragic conflict reverberated throughout the world. It also had a profound effect on the University of Virginia’s expansive community, many of whose members are involved in teaching issues of racism, public art, free speech, and social... Read More