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Caribbean Middlebrow
Leisure Culture and the Middle Class
Belinda Edmondson
It is commonly assumed that Caribbean culture is split into elite highbrow culture—which is considered derivative of Europe and not rooted in the Caribbean—and authentic working-class culture, which is often identified with such iconic island...



The Punished Self
Surviving Slavery in the Colonial South
Alex Bontemps
The Punished Self describes enslavement in the American South during the eighteenth century as a systematic assault on Blacks' sense of self.



A Gift of the Spirit
Reading "The Souls of Black Folk"
Eugene Victor Wolfenstein
In A Gift of the Spirit, Eugene Victor Wolfenstein offers a reading of W. E. B. Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk aimed at demonstrating its organic unity and coherence. He takes as his interpretive key the experience of the color line with which Du...



Color Monitors
The Black Face of Technology in America
Martin Kevorkian
"Color Monitors looks at a particular subset of imagined computer use, focusing on scenarios that demand from the person at the keyboard an intimate technical knowledge. My research has uncovered a peculiar pattern: race comes into sharp relief when...



Ethics Along the Color Line
Anna Stubblefield
What is "race"? What role, if any, should race play in our moral obligations to others and to ourselves? Ethics along the Color Line addresses the question of whether black Americans should think of each other as members of an extended racial family...



The Grammar of Good Intentions
Race and the Antebellum Culture of Benevolence
Susan M. Ryan
Susan M. Ryan explores antebellum Americans' preoccupation with the language and practice of benevolence. Drawing on a variety of cultural and literary texts, she traces how people working and writing within social reform movements—and their outspoken...



Black Subjects
Identity Formation in the Contemporary Narrative of Slavery
Arlene R. Keizer
Writers as diverse as Carolivia Herron, Charles Johnson, Paule Marshall, Toni Morrison, and Derek Walcott have addressed the history of slavery in their literary works. In this groundbreaking new book, Arlene R. Keizer contends that these writers...



Forging America
Ironworkers, Adventurers, and the Industrious Revolution
John Bezís-Selfa
Stacks of stone preside over many bucolic and wooded landscapes in the mid-Atlantic states. Initially constructed more than two hundred years ago, they housed blast furnaces that converted rock and wood into the iron that enabled the United States to...



No Fire Next Time
Black-Korean Conflicts and the Future of America's Cities
Patrick D. Joyce
Why did Black-Korean tensions result in violent clashes in Los Angeles but not in New York City? In a book based on fieldwork and on a nationwide database he constructed to track such conflicts, Patrick D. Joyce goes beyond sociological and cultural...



Black Freedom Fighters in Steel
The Struggle for Democratic Unionism
Ruth Needleman
Thousands of African Americans poured into northwest Indiana in the 1920s dreaming of decent-paying jobs and a life without Klansmen, chain gangs, and cotton. Black Freedom Fighters in Steel: The Struggle for Democratic Unionism by Ruth Needleman...



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