Since 1959, the University of Missouri press has been publishing titles relevant to African American Studies. To celebrate this month, we’re offering specials on a selection of these books.
Use promotional code BH16 to take advantage of this one time offer!
Use code BBH16 and get all 6 books for $125 (normally $251) with free shipping!
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Offer expires March 18.
Lloyd Gaines and the Fight to End Segregation by James W. Endersby and William T. Horner
$30.00 (normally $36.95)
This is the first book to focus entirely on the Gaines case and the vital role played by the NAACP and its lawyers—including Charles Houston, known as “the man who killed Jim Crow”— who advanced a concerted strategy to produce political change. Horner and Endersby also discuss the African American newspaper journalists and editors who mobilized popular support for the NAACP’s strategy. This book reveals an important step toward the broad acceptance of the principle that racial segregation is inherently unequal.
The Color Line: Legacy for the Twenty-First Century by John Hope Franklin
$15.00 (normally $20)
In the Paul Anthony Brick Lectures given at the University of Missouri-Columbia, just one day after the not guilty verdict was returned in the trial of Los Angeles police officers for the beating of Rodney King, John Hope Franklin delivered a piercing depiction of the color line that persists in America. A scathing portrait of how discrimination has been allowed to flourish and a poignantly despairing prognosis for its end.
Race and Meaning: The African American Experience in Missouri by Gary R. Kremer
$25.00 (normally $35.00)
No one has written more about the African American experience in Missouri over the past four decades than Gary Kremer and now for the first time, fourteen of his best articles on the subject are available in one place with the publication of Race and Meaning: The African American Experience in Missouri. By placing the articles in chronological order of historical events rather than by publication date, Kremer combines them into one detailed account that addresses issues such as the transition from slavery to freedom for African Americans in Missouri, all-black rural communities, and the lives of African Americans seeking new opportunities in Missouri’s cities.
Protest and Propaganda: W. E. B. Du Bois, the CRISIS, and American History edited by Amy Helene Kirschke and Phillip Luke Sinitiere
$30.00 (normally $45.00)
In looking back on his editorship of the Crisis magazine, W. E. B. Du Bois said, “We condensed more news about Negroes and their problems in a month than most colored papers before this had published in a year.” Since its founding by Du Bois in 1910, the Crisis has been the primary published voice of the NAACP. Born in an age of Jim Crow racism, often strapped for funds, the magazine struggled and endured, all the while providing a forum for people of color to document their inherent dignity and proclaim their definitive worth as human beings. The contributors show how the essays, columns, and visuals published in the Crisis changed conversations, perceptions, and even laws in the United States, thereby calling a fractured nation to more fully live up to its democratic creed.
$35.00 (normally $75.00)
Much has been written about black urban empowerment and about the candidates—particularly the winning candidates—who are the public face of such shifts in power. Authors invariably mention the important role played by black political organizations in electing black officials or organizing communities, but Micah W. Kubic goes further, making, for the first time, one such organization the focus of a book-length study. Kubic tells the story of black political empowerment in Kansas City through the prism of Freedom, Inc., the nation’s oldest existing black political organization.
Using interviews and observation of participants as well as archival research, Kubic offers historical and political analysis of Freedom, Inc. from its founding in 1962 through its role in municipal elections of 2007. Kubic asserts that strong local organizations are living, dynamic organisms and that they, rather than charismatic candidates or interracial alliances, are the crucial players in both determining political outcomes and advancing black interests in urban areas.
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