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Slavery, Southern Culture, and Education in Little Dixie, Missouri, 1820-1860

Slavery, Southern Culture, and Education in Little Dixie, Missouri, 1820-1860

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Jeffrey C. Stone
September 10, 2012

This dissertation examines the cultural and educational history of central Missouri between 1820 and 1860, and in particular, the issue of master-slave relationships and how they affected education (broadly defined as the transmission of Southern culture). Although Missouri had one of the lowest...

Post-Soul Black Cinema: Discontinuities, Innovations and Breakpoints, 1970-1995

Post-Soul Black Cinema: Discontinuities, Innovations and Breakpoints, 1970-1995

1st Edition

William R. Grant
July 27, 2012

This work examines and analyzes how the cinematic image of African Americans became a fixed image with strict rules of depiction both written and unwritten. And, how those very limited and under-informed images would not and could not be challenged or transformed until the power relations in the...

Race, Remembering, and Jim Crow’s Teachers

Race, Remembering, and Jim Crow’s Teachers

1st Edition

Hilton Kelly
May 30, 2012

This book explores a profoundly negative narrative about legally segregated schools in the United States being "inherently inferior" compared to their white counterparts. However, there are overwhelmingly positive counter-memories of these schools as "good and valued" among former students,...

Blaxploitation Films of the 1970s: Blackness and Genre

Blaxploitation Films of the 1970s: Blackness and Genre

1st Edition

Novotny Lawrence
April 05, 2012

During the early years of the motion picture industry, black performers were often depicted as shuckin’ and jivin’ caricatures. Specifically, black males were portrayed as toms, coons and bucks, while the mammy and tragic mulatto archetypes circumscribed black femininity. This misrepresentation...

Racial Discourse and Cosmopolitanism in Twentieth-Century African American Writing

Racial Discourse and Cosmopolitanism in Twentieth-Century African American Writing

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Tania Friedel
February 24, 2012

This book engages cosmopolitanism—a critical mode which moves beyond cultural pluralism by simultaneously privileging difference and commonality—in order to examine its particular deployment in the work of several African American writers. Deeply influenced and inspired by W. E. B. Du Bois, the...

Words and Songs of Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, and Nina Simone: Sound Motion, Blues Spirit, and African Memory

Words and Songs of Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, and Nina Simone: Sound Motion, Blues Spirit, and African Memory

1st Edition

Melanie E. Bratcher
February 23, 2012

This book explores the relationship between three African American women's dance-art-music sensibilities within the context of a Pan African aesthetic. Its purpose is three-fold: to show commonalities between Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone's lives and original compositions; to codify,...

Contemporary African American Theater: Afrocentricity in the Works of Larry Neal, Amiri Baraka, and Charles Fuller

Contemporary African American Theater: Afrocentricity in the Works of Larry Neal, Amiri Baraka, and Charles Fuller

1st Edition

Nilgun Anadolu-Okur
May 05, 2011

First published in 2010. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

Black Liberation in the Midwest: The Struggle in St. Louis, Missouri, 1964-1970

Black Liberation in the Midwest: The Struggle in St. Louis, Missouri, 1964-1970

1st Edition

Kenneth Jolly
June 09, 2009

This book offers a response to the inadequate examination of the Midwest in Civil Rights Movement scholarship - scholarship that continues to ignore the city of St. Louis and the Black liberation struggle that took place there. Jolly examines this local movement and organizations such as the Black...

Swinging the Vernacular: Jazz and African American Modernist Literature

Swinging the Vernacular: Jazz and African American Modernist Literature

1st Edition

Michael Borshuk
June 09, 2009

This book looks at the influence of jazz on the development of African American modernist literature over the 20th century, with a particular attention to the social and aesthetic significance of stylistic changes in the music....

Movement Matters: American Antiapartheid Activism and the Rise of Multicultural Politics

Movement Matters: American Antiapartheid Activism and the Rise of Multicultural Politics

1st Edition

David Hostetter
June 09, 2009

Examining four decades of American antiapartheid activism, Movement Matters analyzes the long-term impact of the American antiapartheid movement on American civil religion. Exploring issues of race, politics and culture, the book presents a fresh look at the importance of antiapartheid activism in...

When to Stop the Cheering?: The Black Press, the Black Community, and the Integration of Professional Baseball

When to Stop the Cheering?: The Black Press, the Black Community, and the Integration of Professional Baseball

1st Edition

Brian Carroll
June 09, 2009

*Finalist for the 2007 Seymour Medal of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).* *Winner of the 2007 Robert Peterson Book Award of the Negro Leagues Committee of the Society for American Baseball* When to Stop the Cheering? documents the close and often conflicted relationship...

The Black Panthers in the Midwest: The Community Programs and Services of the Black Panther Party in Milwaukee, 1966–1977

The Black Panthers in the Midwest: The Community Programs and Services of the Black Panther Party in Milwaukee, 1966–1977

1st Edition

Andrew Witt
April 29, 2009

This book analyzes the community programs of the Black Panther Party, specifically those of the Milwaukee branch, with the aim of dispelling many of the existing stereotypes about the Party. Misconceptions range from the Party being labeled as bent on the violent destruction of the United States to...

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