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  • Color Stories: Black Women and Colorism in the 21st Centuryby JeffriAnne Wilder

    ABC-CLIO 2015; US$ 48.00

    Race still matters. And for black women, the related issues of skin tone are just as important today as in decades past. Part cultural commentary, part empirical analysis, this book offers a compelling study and discussion of colorism—a widely discussed but understudied issue in "post-racial" America—that demonstrates how powerful a factor skin color... more...

  • Lessons from the Black Working Class: Foreshadowing America's Economic Healthby Lori Martin; Hayward Horton; Teresa Booker

    ABC-CLIO 2015; US$ 60.00

    How have the experiences of black working-class women and men residing in urban, suburban, and rural settings impacted U.S. labor relations and the broader American society? This book asserts that a comprehensive and critical examination of the black working class can be used to forecast whether economic troubles are on the horizon. It documents how... more...

  • The Fruits of Integrationby Charles T. Banner-Haley

    University Press of Mississippi 2010; US$ 25.00

    In late twentieth-century America, the black middle class has occupied a unique position. It greatly influenced the way African Americans were perceived and presented to the greater society, and it set roles and guidelines for the nation's black masses. Though historically a small group, it has attempted to be a model for inspiration and uplift. As... more...

  • I Belong to South Carolinaby Susanna Ashton

    University of South Carolina Press 2012; Not Available

    Rare firsthand accounts of slavery from across the Palmetto State collected together for the first time more...

  • Dawn of Desegregationby Ophelia De Laine Gona

    University of South Carolina Press 2012; US$ 20.99

    An inspirational biography of an unsung civil rights champion from South Carolina more...

  • Upbuilding Black Durhamby Leslie Brown

    The University of North Carolina Press 2009; US$ 29.99

    In the 1910s, both W. E. B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington praised the black community in Durham, North Carolina, for its exceptional race progress. Migration, urbanization, and industrialization had turned black Durham from a post-Civil War liberation community into the "capital of the black middle class." African Americans owned and operated mills,... more...

  • Hiring the Black Workerby Timothy J. Minchin

    The University of North Carolina Press 2013; US$ 29.99

    In the 1960s and 1970s, the textile industry's workforce underwent a dramatic transformation, as African Americans entered the South's largest industry in growing numbers. Only 3.3 percent of textile workers were black in 1960; by 1978, this number had risen to 25 percent. Using previously untapped legal records and oral history interviews, Timothy... more...

  • Uplifting the Raceby Kevin K. Gaines

    The University of North Carolina Press 2012; US$ 29.99

    Amidst the violent racism prevalent at the turn of the twentieth century, African American cultural elites, struggling to articulate a positive black identity, developed a middle-class ideology of racial uplift. Insisting that they were truly representative of the race's potential, black elites espoused an ethos of self-help and service to the black... more...

  • Heroism and the Black Intellectualby Jerry Gafio Watts

    The University of North Carolina Press 2000; US$ 29.99

    Before and after writing Invisible Man , novelist and essayist Ralph Ellison fought to secure a place as a black intellectual in a white-dominated society. In this sophisticated analysis of Ellison's cultural politics, Jerry Watts examines the ways in which black artists and thinkers attempt to establish creative intellectual spaces for themselves.... more...

  • Telling Historiesby Deborah Gray White

    The University of North Carolina Press 2009; US$ 25.99

    The field of black women's history gained recognition as a legitimate field of study only late in the twentieth century. Collecting stories that are both deeply personal and powerfully political, Telling Histories compiles seventeen personal narratives by leading black women historians at various stages in their careers. Their essays illuminate how--first... more...