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Race or Ethnicity?
On Black and Latino Identity
"What is race? What is ethnicity? Should we think of them as identities? Can they be effectively individuated? How are they related? How do the relations between them influence pressing issues concerned with social identity, gender...



To Set This World Right
The Antislavery Movement in Thoreau's Concord
Sandra Harbert Petrulionis
In the decade before the Civil War, Concord, Massachusetts, was a center of abolitionist sentiment and activism. To Set this World Right is the first book to recover and examine the voices, events, and influence of the antebellum antislavery...



Fighting for Rights
Military Service and the Politics of Citizenship
Ronald R. Krebs
Military service, Ronald R. Krebs argues, can play a critical role in bolstering minorities' efforts to grasp full and unfettered rights.



The Truce
Lessons from an L.A. Gang War
Karen Umemoto, Karen Nora Umemoto
This ethnography of a gang war in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Oakwood, just blocks from the famed Venice Beach boardwalk, provides a rare eyewitness account of the urban violence pervasive in the recent history of the United States. With...



Frantz Fanon
A Portrait
Alice Cherki
"Fanon was consummately incapable of telling the story of himself. He lived in the immediacy of the moment, with an intensity that embodied everything he evoked. Fanon's discourse pertained to a present tense that was unburdened by its narrative past...



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...



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...



Race and Racism in Modern Philosophy
An innovative, substantial intervention in critical race theory, this book brings together an impressive roster of thinkers to trace the question of race in modern philosophical inquiry and explore its influence on contemporary philosophy.



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...



Black Subjects
Identity Formation in the Contemporary Narrative of Slavery
Arlene R. Keizer, Arlene 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...



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