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The Seedtime, the Work, and the Harvest: New Perspectives on the Black Freedom Struggle in America

This volume expands the chronology and geography of the black freedom struggle beyond the traditional emphasis on the old South and the years between 1954 and 1968. 

 

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Between Washington and Du Bois: The Racial Politics of James Edward Shepard

Between Washington and Du Bois describes the life and work of James Edward Shepard, the founder and president of the first state-supported black liberal arts college in the South—what is today known as North Carolina Central University. 

 

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New Directions in the Study of African American Recolonization

This volume closely examines the movement to resettle black Americans in Africa, an effort led by the American Colonization Society during the nineteenth century and a heavily debated part of American history. Some believe it was inspired by antislavery principles, but others think it was a proslavery reaction against the presence of free blacks in society.

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Voices of Civil Rights Lawyers: Reflections from the Deep South, 1964–1980

While bus boycotts, sit-ins, and other acts of civil disobedience were the engine of the civil rights movement, the law was a primary context. Lawyers played a key role amid profound social upheavals, and the twenty-six contributors to this volume reveal what it was like to be a southern civil rights lawyer in this era.

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Known for My Work: African American Ethics from Slavery to Freedom

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Creole City: A Chronicle of Early American New Orleans

Exploring parts of the city’s early nineteenth-century history that have previously been neglected, Dessens examines how New Orleans came to symbolize progress, adventure, and culture to so many.

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Embracing Protestantism: Black Identities in the Atlantic World

In Embracing Protestantism, John Catron argues that people of African descent in America who adopted Protestant Christianity during the eighteenth century did not become African Americans but instead assumed more fluid Atlantic-African identities.

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The Life and Crimes of Railroad Bill: Legendary African American Desperado

Ride, ride, ride--The true story of America’s most infamous black outlaw

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Democracy Abroad, Lynching at Home: Racial Violence in Florida

Investigating this dark period of the state's history and focusing on a rash of anti-black violence that took place during the 1940s, Tameka Hobbs explores the reasons why lynchings continued in Florida when they were starting to wane elsewhere.

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Creating and Consuming the American South

The contributors emphasize how narratives and images of "the South" have real social, political, and economic ramifications, and that they register at various local, regional, national, and transnational scales.