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W.E.B. Du Bois: The Quest for the Abolition of the Color Line

W.E.B. Du Bois: The Quest for the Abolition of the Color Line

1st Edition

Zhang Juguo
July 16, 2015

Based on careful reading of Du Bois' writings and with a combination of analytical and narrative approaches, the author probes the reasons and dynamics behind the changes of Du Bois strategies concerning the solution to the American race problem....

African American Slavery and Disability: Bodies, Property and Power in the Antebellum South, 1800-1860

African American Slavery and Disability: Bodies, Property and Power in the Antebellum South, 1800-1860

1st Edition

Dea H. Boster
May 21, 2015

Disability is often mentioned in discussions of slave health, mistreatment and abuse, but constructs of how "able" and "disabled" bodies influenced the institution of slavery has gone largely overlooked. This volume uncovers a history of disability in African American slavery from the primary...

The Mysterious Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveaux: A Study of Powerful Female Leadership in Nineteenth Century New Orleans

The Mysterious Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveaux: A Study of Powerful Female Leadership in Nineteenth Century New Orleans

1st Edition

Ina J. Fandrich
December 22, 2014

This study investigates the emergence of powerful female leadership in New Orleans' Voodoo tradition. It provides a careful examination of the cultural, historical, economic, demographic and socio-political factors that contributed both to the feminization of this religious culture and its strong...

African Americans and Colonial Legislation in the Middle Colonies

African Americans and Colonial Legislation in the Middle Colonies

1st Edition

Oscar Williams
April 28, 2014

First published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

The Postwar Struggle for Civil Rights: African Americans in San Francisco, 1945–1975

The Postwar Struggle for Civil Rights: African Americans in San Francisco, 1945–1975

1st Edition

Paul T. Miller
February 14, 2014

The war industries associated with World War II brought unparalleled employment opportunities for African Americans in San Francisco, a city whose African American population grew by over 650% between 1940 and 1945. With this population increase came an increase in racial discrimination directed at...

The Rise and Fall of the Garvey Movement in the Urban South, 1918–1942

The Rise and Fall of the Garvey Movement in the Urban South, 1918–1942

1st Edition

Claudrena N. Harold
July 26, 2013

The Rise and Fall of the Garvey Movement in the Urban South provides the first detailed examination of the Universal Negro Improvement Association's rise, maturation, and eventual decline in the urban South between 1918 and 1942. It examines the ways in which Southern black workers fused...

Race and Masculinity in Contemporary American Prison Novels

Race and Masculinity in Contemporary American Prison Novels

1st Edition

Auli Ek
May 01, 2013

This book offers an interdisciplinary analysis of how contemporary American prison narratives reflect and produce ideologies of masculinity in the United States, and in so doing, compellingly engages popular culture in order to demonstrate the profound ways in which implicit understandings of...

Audience, Agency and Identity in Black Popular Culture

Audience, Agency and Identity in Black Popular Culture

1st Edition

Shawan M. Worsley
March 11, 2013

Audience, Agency and Identity in Black Popular Culture analyses black cultural representations that appropriate anti-black stereotypes. Using examples from literature, media, and art, Worsley examines how these cultural products do not rework anti-black stereotypes into seemingly positive images....

Womanism, Literature, and the Transformation of the Black Community, 1965-1980

Womanism, Literature, and the Transformation of the Black Community, 1965-1980

1st Edition

Kalenda C. Eaton
October 08, 2012

This book examines how cultural and ideological reactions to activism in the post-Civil Rights Black community were depicted in fiction written by Black women writers, 1965–1980. By recognizing and often challenging prevailing cultural paradigms within the post-Civil Rights era, writers such as...

Courting Communities: Black Female Nationalism and

Courting Communities: Black Female Nationalism and "Syncre-Nationalism" in the Nineteenth Century

1st Edition

Kathy Glass
September 10, 2012

Courting Communities focuses on the writing and oratory of nineteenth-century African-American women whose racial uplift projects troubled the boundaries of race, nation and gender. In particular, it reexamines the politics of gender in nationalist movements and black women's creative response...

Contesting the Terrain of the Ivory Tower: Spiritual Leadership of African American Women in the Academy

Contesting the Terrain of the Ivory Tower: Spiritual Leadership of African American Women in the Academy

1st Edition

Rochelle Garner
September 10, 2012

This study examines the leadership of three African-American women administrators in higher education, and how they have used their spirituality as a lens to lead in the academy. The central questions in this case study include: How do African-American women make meaning of their spiritual selves...

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