New Releases in African American Intellectual History

New books and research in African American history and culture. Recent or soon-to-be published books, which the African American Intellectual History Society feels would be of interest to readers. Regrettably the cost for some puts these out of reach of many - but there is always your public or school library. Suggest that these be ordered.
Chris Cameron
September 5, 2015
Continuing the history and traditions of W.E.B. DuBois and Ida B. Wells, the African American Intellectual History Society is a scholarly organization seeking to foster dialogue about researching, writing, and teaching black thought and culture.
African American Intellectual History Society

Below are new books in African American intellectual history soon to be published or already published within the last 6 months. A few of these are not historical works but will likely be of interest to our readers nevertheless. This is by no means a comprehensive list so please feel free to comment with your own recently published or forthcoming works as well as any other suggestions for works to include.

Michelle M. Wright, Physics of Blackness: Beyond the Middle Passage Epistemology (University of Minnesota Press, February 2015)

Lewis R. Gordon, What Fanon Said: A Philosophical Introduction to His Life and Thought (Fordham University Press, April 2015).

Stephen A. Berrey, The Jim Crow Routine: Everyday Performances of Race, Civil Rights, and Segregation in Mississippi (University of North Carolina Press, April 2015)

Mia E. Bay, Farah J. Griffin, Martha S. Jones, and Barbara D. Savage, eds. Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women (University of North Carolina Press, April 2015)

Judith Madera, Black Atlas: Geography and Flow in Nineteenth-Century African American Literature (Duke University Press, June 2015)

Gary Totten, African American Travel Narratives from Abroad: Mobility and Cultural Work in the Age of Jim Crow (University of Massachusetts Press, June 2015)

LaKisha Michelle Simmons, Crescent City Girls: The Lives of Young Black Women in Segregated New Orleans (University of North Carolina Press, July 2015)

Douglas Field, All Those Strangers: The Art and Lives of James Baldwin (Oxford University Press, July 2015)

Stella Bolaki and Sabine Broeck, eds. Audre Lord's Transnational Legacies (University of Massachusetts Press, July 2015)

Shannon King, Whose Harlem is This, Anyway?: Community Politics and Grassroots Activism during the New Negro Era (NYU Press, July 2015)

Andrew E. Kersten and Clarence Lang, eds. Reframing Randolph: Labor, Black Freedom, and the Legacies of A. Philip Randolph (NYU Press, July 2015)

Stephanie J. Shaw, W.E.B. Du Bois and the Souls of Black Folk (University of North Carolina Press, August 2015)

Anthony Pinn, Humanism: Essays on Race, Religion and Popular Culture (Bloomsbury Academic, August 2015)

Gary Murrell, "The Most Dangerous Communist in the United States": A Biography of Herbert Aptheker (University of Massachusetts Press, August 2015)

Eric Gardner, Black Print Unbound: The Christian Recorder, African American Literature, and Periodical Culture (Oxford University Press, August 2015)

Aldon Morris, The Scholar Denied: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Birth of Modern Sociology (University of California Press, August 2015)

Herbert Robinson Marbury, Pillars of Cloud and Fire: The Politics of Exodus in African American Biblical Interpretation (NYU Press, August 2015)

James Zeigler, Red Scare Racism and Cold War Black Radicalism (University Press of Mississippi, August 2015)

Bill V. Mullen, Un-American: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Century of World Revolution (Temple University Press, September 2015)

A Yemisi Jimoh and Françoise N. Hamlin, eds. These Truly Are the Brave: An Anthology of African American Writings on War and Citizenship (University Press of Florida, September 2015)

Kimberly Juanita Brown, The Repeating Body: Slavery's Visual Resonance in the Contemporary (Duke University Press, September 2015)

Rashad Shabazz, Spacializing Blackness: Architectures of Confinement and Black Masculinity in Chicago (University of Illinois Press, September 2015)

L. H. Stallings, Funk the Erotic: Transaesthetics and Black Sexual Cultures (University of Illinois Press, September 2015)

Gerald Horne, Confronting Black Jacobins: The U.S., the Haitian Revolution, and the Origins of the Dominican Republic (Monthly Review Press, October 2015)

Tanisha C. Ford, Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul (University of North Carolina Press, October 2015)

Sherie M. Randolph, Florynce "Flo" Kennedy: The Life of a Black Feminist Radical (University of North Carolina Press, October 2015)

Ed Pavlic, Who Can Afford to Improvise?: James Baldwin and Black Music, the Lyric and the Listeners (Oxford University Press, October 2015)

Michael Javen Fortner, Black Silent Majority: The Rockefeller Drug Laws and the Politics of Punishment (Harvard University Press, October 2015)

Uri McMillan, Embodied Avatars: Genealogies of Black Feminist Art and Performance (NYU Press, October 2015)

Petra R. Rivera-Rideau, Remixing Reggaeton: The Cultural Politics of Race in Puerto Rico (Duke University Press, October 2015)

Jervette R. Ward, ed. Real Sister: Stereotypes, Respectability, and Black Women in Reality TV (Rutgers University Press, Oct/Nov 2015)

Travis L. Gosa and Erik Nielson, eds. The Hip Hop & Obama Reader (Oxford University Press, November 2015)

Jermaine Singleton, Cultural Melancholy: Readings of Race, Impossible Mourning, and African American Ritual (University of Illinois Press, November 2015)

Tyina Steptoe, Houston Bound: Culture and Color in a Jim Crow City (University of California Press, November 2015)

Phillip Brian Harper, Abstractionist Aesthetics: Artistic Form and Social Critique in African American Culture (NYU Press, December 2015)

Jeremy Matthew Glick, The Black Radical Tragic: Performance, Aesthetics, and the Unfinished Haitian Revolution (NYU Press, January 2016)

Kenneth Janken, The Wilmington Ten: Violence, Injustice, and the Rise of Black Politics in the 1970s (University of North Carolina Press, January 2016)

Robert S. Levine, The Lives of Frederick Douglass (Harvard University Press, February 2016)

Manisha Sinha, The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition (Yale University Press, February 2016)

Gerald Horne, Paul Robeson: The Artist as Revolutionary (Pluto Press, February 2016)

[Christopher Cameron is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His research and teaching interests are in African American and early American history, especially abolitionist thought, liberal religion, and secularism. His first book, entitled To Plead Our Own Cause: African Americans in Massachusetts and the Making of the Antislavery Movement (Kent State University Press, 2014).]

The African American Intellectual History Society Inc. (AAIHS) is a scholarly organization founded in January 2014 to foster dialogue about researching, writing, and teaching black thought and culture. African American intellectual history is a growing and thriving subfield and we believe that the AAIHS and its blog can play a role in fostering that growth for years to come. We are open to scholars in all disciplines, including but not limited to African American history, literature, philosophy, art, dance, and film. We likewise welcome scholars working on the African Diaspora.

September 17, 2015