Publications

David Blight

Two Men Who Escapted to Freedom

Slave narratives, some of the most powerful records of our past, are extremely rare, with only fifty-five post–Civil War narratives surviving. A mere handful are first-person accounts by slaves who ran away and freed themselves. Now two newly uncovered narratives, and the biographies of the men who...
Elijah Anderson

Poor, Young, Black, and Male

Typically residing in areas of concentrated urban poverty, too many young black men are trapped in a horrific cycle that includes active discrimination, unemployment, violence, crime, prison, and early death. This toxic mixture has given rise to wider stereotypes that limit the social capital of...
David Blight

The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era

Standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963, a century after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, Martin Luther King, Jr., declared, “One hundred years later, the Negro still is not free.” He delivered this speech just three years after the Virginia Civil War...

In surprising turns through different American cities and eras, and through the strange rhythms of dream, Alexander composes her own kind of improvisational jazz. It is a music of resistances and flights of fancy: her father’s engagement in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s and ’70s; the...
Elijah Anderson

Fieldwork Encounters and Ethnographic Discoveries

Series: The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science Series Volume 595 SAGE Publications, Inc | September 2004 | ISBN: 9781412913959 | Pbk., 328 pages View faculty member’s biographical page: Elijah Anderson

Black Citymakers revisits the Black Seventh Ward, documenting a century of banking and tenement collapses, housing activism, black-led anti-urban renewal mobilization, and post-Civil Rights political change from the perspective of the Black Seventh Warders. Drawing on historical, political, and...
Jonathan Holloway

Race, Social Science, and American Thought in the Twentieth Century

Black Scholars on the Line: Race, Social Science, and American Thought in the Twentieth Century explores the development of American social science by highlighting the contributions of those scholars who were both students and objects of a segregated society. The book asks how segregation has...
Elijah Anderson

Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City

Inner-city black America is often stereotyped as a place of random violence; in fact, violence in the inner city is regulated through an informal but well-known code of the street. How you dress, talk, and behave can have life-or-death consequences, with young people particularly at risk. The most...

New and Selected Poems 1990-2010

The first career retrospective by the award-winning poet Elizabeth Alexander, including her poem delivered at Barack Obama’s Presidential Inauguration. Over the past twenty years, Elizabeth Alexander has become one of America’s most exciting and important poets, and her selection as the...
Vesla Weaver

How Immigration, Multiracialism, Genomics, and the Young Can Remake Race in America

The American racial order–the beliefs, institutions, and practices that organize relationships among the nation’s races and ethnicities–is undergoing its greatest transformation since the 1960s. Creating a New Racial Order takes a groundbreaking look at the reasons behind this...

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