Browse by Subject: African American History

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Black Well-Being: Health and Selfhood in Antebellum Black Literature

Analyzing slave narratives, emigration polemics, a murder trial, and black-authored fiction, Andrea Stone highlights the central role physical and mental health and well-being played in antebellum black literary constructions of selfhood. At a time when political and medical theorists emphasized black well-being in their arguments for or against slavery, African American men and women developed their own theories about what it means to be healthy and well in contexts of injury, illness, sexual abuse, disease, and disability.


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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.

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The Path to the Greater, Freer, Truer World: Southern Civil Rights and Anticolonialism, 1937–1955

By highlighting the cooperation that occurred between progressive activists from the Popular Front to the 1960s, Swindall adds to our understanding of the intergenerational nature of civil rights and anticolonial organizing.

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Black Power in the Caribbean

Black Power in the Caribbean highlights the unique origins and causes of Black Power mobilization in the Caribbean and its relationship to Black Power in the United States.

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Extremism in America

Extremism in America is a sweeping overview and assessment of the various brands of bigotry, prejudice, zealotry, dogmatism, and partisanship found in the United States.

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Zephaniah Kingsley Jr. and the Atlantic World: Slave Trader, Plantation Owner, Emancipator

A most unlikely patriarch of a mixed-race family