Browse by Subject: African American History

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To Render Invisible: Jim Crow and Public Life in New South Jacksonville

Explores the tumultuous emergence of the African American working class in Jacksonville between Reconstruction and the 1920s.

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Ain't Scared of Your Jail: Arrest, Imprisonment, and the Civil Rights Movement

In her debut book, Zoe Colley does what no historian has done before by following civil rights activists inside the southern jails and prisons to explore their treatment and the different responses that civil rights organizations had to mass arrest and imprisonment.

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Slave Breeding: Sex, Violence, and Memory in African American History

In this bold and provocative book, historian Gregory Smithers investigates how African Americans have narrated, remembered, and represented slave-breeding practices.

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I Fear I Shall Never Leave This Island: Life in a Civil War Prison

A first-of-its-kind investigation of Civil War prison conditions.

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From Sit-Ins to SNCC: The Student Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s

From Sit-Ins to SNCC brings together the work of leading civil rights scholars to offer a new and groundbreaking perspective on student-oriented activism in the 1960s.

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Beyond Forty Acres and a Mule: African American Landowning Families since Reconstruction

This collection chronicles the tumultuous history of landowning African American farmers from the end of the Civil War to today. Each essay provides a case study of people in one place at a particular time and the factors that affected their ability to acquire, secure, and protect their land.

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After Freedom Summer: How Race Realigned Mississippi Politics, 1965–1986

No one disagrees that 1964--Freedom Summer--forever changed the political landscape of Mississippi. How those changes played out is the subject of Chris Danielson’s fascinating book, After Freedom Summer.

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The Challenge of Blackness: The Institute of the Black World and Political Activism in the 1970s

The Challenge of Blackness examines the history and legacy of the Institute of the Black World (IBW), one of the most important Black Freedom Struggle organizations to emerge in the aftermath of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Deconstructing the Cherokee Nation: Town, Region, and Nation among Eighteenth-Century Cherokees

This significant contribution to Cherokee studies examines the tribe’s life during the eighteenth century, up to the Removal.

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The Quarters and the Fields: Slave Families in the Non-Cotton South