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An Index of African American History in the JAH

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In honor of Black History Month, we at the Journal of American History are pleased to re-release the JAH African American History Index. First published in 2019, the index includes every article of African American history we have ever printed, from our inception as the Mississippi Valley Historical Review more than one hundred years ago, through our most recent issue, published in December 2023.

Consisting of 250 entries, the index was created collaboratively by the JAH staff. In spare moments between fact-checking and proofreading our regular content, our editors, graduate student editorial assistants, and undergraduate intern pored over back issues. We limited our search to articles, an imprecise category that expanded to include roundtables, special forums, and presidential addresses from the annual meetings of the Organization of American Historians. For the sake of manageability, we purposefully excluded thousands of book, film, and exhibition reviews. Finally, in deliberating the parameters of African American history, we determined to index only those articles primarily concerned with Black people; we left out many important essays on closely related topics, such as whiteness studies. Notwithstanding these guidelines, each staff member ultimately had to make tough decisions about what material to add to the index and what material to leave off. For these reasons, we consider the index a work in progress. We apologize for any inadvertent omissions, and we welcome recommendations for addition. 

Year Author Title  
1916 Henry N. Sherwood Early Negro Deportation Projects
1919 Thomas Robson Hay The South and The Arming of the Slaves
1929 F. H. Hodder Some Phases of the Dred Scott Case
1929 Chas. W. Ramsdell The Natural Limits of Slavery Expansion
1929 E. Merton Coulter A Century of a Georgia Plantation
1934 William A. Russ Jr. Registration and Disfranchisement under Radical Reconstruction
1934 T. D. Clark The Slave Trade Between Kentucky and the Cotton Kingdom
1936 Wendell Holmes Stephenson A Quarter-Century of a Mississippi Plantation: Eli J. Capel of “Pleasant Hill”
1938 J. Carlyle Sitterson Magnolia Plantation, 1852–1862: A Decade of a Louisiana Sugar Estate
1939 Lewis E. Atherton Daniel Howell Hise, Abolitionist and Reformer
1940 Harrison A. Trexler The Opposition of Planters to the Employment of Slaves as Laborers by the Confederacy
1941 Harvey Wish The Revival of the African Slave Trade in The United States, 1856–1860
1942 Clement Eaton Mob Violence in the Old South
1955 Herbert J. Doherty Jr. Voices of Protest from the New South, 1875–1910
1955 Leslie H. Fishel Jr. The Negro in Northern Politics, 1870–1900
1957 Allen J. Going The South and the Blair Education Bill
1957 Emma Lou Thornbrough The Brownsville Episode and the Negro Vote
1958 LaWanda Cox The Promise of Land for the Freedmen
1959 Benjamin Quarles The Colonial Militia and Negro Manpower
1960 Clemont Eaton Slave-Hiring in the Upper South: A Step toward Freedom
1961 Emma Lou Thornbrough Segregation in Indiana during the Klan Era of the 1920s
1962 John Hebron Moore Simon Gray, Riverman: A Slave Who Was Almost Free
1965 Donald G. Mathews The Methodist Mission to the Slaves, 1829–1844
1965 John A. Salmond The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Negro
1965 James M. McPherson Abolitionists and the Civil Rights Act of 1875
1967 William M. Armstrong The Freedmen’s Movement and the Founding of the Nation
1967 Edwin S. Redkey Bishop Turner’s African Dream
1968 Richard M. Dalfiume The “Forgotten Years” of the Negro Revolution
1968 Gilbert Osofsky The Enduring Ghetto
1968 Walter Ehrlich Was the Dred Scott Case Valid?
1969 August Meier and Elliott Rudwick The Boycott Movement against Jim Crow Streetcars in the South, 1900–1906
1969 C. Vann Woodward Clio with Soul
1969 William Cohen Thomas Jefferson and the Problem of Slavery
1969 Rita Werner Gordon The Change in the Political Alignment of Chicago’s Negroes during the New Deal
1970 Pete Daniel Up from Slavery and Down to Peonage: The Alonzo Bailey Case
1971 A. E. Keir Nash The Texas Supreme Court and Trial Rights of Blacks, 1845–1860
1972 Edmund S. Morgan Slavery and Freedom: The American Paradox
1972 Christopher G. Wye The New Deal and the Negro Community: Toward a Broader Conceptualization
1973 Louis S. Gerteis Salmon P. Chase, Radicalism, and the Politics of Emancipation, 1861–1864
1975 John M. McFaul Expediency vs. Morality: Jacksonian Politics and Slavery
1976 August Meier and Elliott Rudwick Attorneys Black and White: A Case Study of Race Relations within the NAACP
1976 Richard Lowe and Randolph Campbell Slave Property and the Distribution of Wealth in Texas, 1860
1976 Howard N. Rabinowitz From Exclusion to Segregation: Southern Race Relations, 1865–1890
1976 Michael S. Hindus Black Justice under White Law: Criminal Prosecutions of Blacks in Antebellum South Carolina
1977 Ralph V. Anderson and Robert E. Gallman Slaves as Fixed Capital: Slave Labor and Southern Economic Development
1979 Eugene D. Genovese, Elizabeth Fox-Genovese The Slave Economies in Political Perspective
1979 Pete Daniel The Metamorphosis of Slavery, 1865–1900
1979 John Bodnar, Michael Weber, and Roger Simon Migration, Kinship, and Urban Adjustment: Blacks and Poles in Pittsburgh, 1900–1930
1981 Gary B. Mills Miscegenation and the Free Negro in Antebellum “Anglo” Alabama: A Reexamination of Southern Race Relations
1982 Karen Tucker Anderson Last Hired, First Fired: Black Women Workers during World War II
1983 Peter Kolchin Reevaluating the Antebellum Slave Community: A Comparative Perspective
1985 Jo Ann Manfra and Robert R. Dykstra Serial Marriage and the Origins of the Black Stepfamily: The Rowanty Evidence
1986 Dominic J. Capeci Jr. The Lynching of Cleo Wright: Federal Protection of Constitutional Rights during World War II
1986 Clayton R. Koppes and Gregory D. Black Blacks, Loyalty, and Motion-Picture Propaganda in World War II
1986 Robert J. Norrell Caste in Steel: Jim Crow Careers in Birmingham, Alabama
1987 Nell Irvin Painter Bias and Synthesis in History
1987 Deborah Gray White Mining the Forgotten: Manuscript Sources for Black Women’s History
1987 Leon F. Litwack Trouble in Mind: The Bicentennial and the Afro-American Experience
1987 David Thelen Introduction
1987 David J. Garrow Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Spirit of Leadership
1987 Clayborne Carson Martin Luther King, Jr.: Charismatic Leadership in a Mass Struggle
1987 James H. Cone Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Third World
1987 Vincent Gordon Harding Beyond Amnesia: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Future of America
1987 Nathan Irvin Huggins Martin Luther King, Jr.: Charisma and Leadership
1987 Vincent Gordon Harding Wrestling toward the Dawn: The Afro-American Freedom Movement and the Changing Constitution
1987 Eric Foner Rights and the Constitution in Black Life during the Civil War and Reconstruction
1987 Mark Tushnet The Politics of Equality in Constitutional Law: The Equal Protection Clause, Dr. Du Bois, and Charles Hamilton Houston
1988 John Hope Franklin Afro-American History: State of the Art
1988 Shane White “We Dwell in the Safety and Pursue Our Honest Callings”: Free Blacks in New York City, 1783–1810
1988 Robert Korsta and Nelson Lichtenstein Opportunities Found and Lost: Labor, Radicals, and the Early Civil Rights Movement
1989 David W. Blight “For Something Beyond the Battlefield”: Frederick Douglass and the Memory of the Civil War
1989 Michael W. Fitzgerald “To Give Our Vote to the Party”: Black Political Agitation and Agricultural Change in Alabama, 1865–1870
1989 Rowland Berthoff Conventional Mentality: Free Blacks, Women, and Business Corporations as Unequal Persons, 1820–1870
1989 John Modell, Marc Goulden, and Sigurdur Magnusson World War II in the Lives of Black Americans: Some Findings and an Interpretation
1990 W. Jeffrey Bolster “To Feel Like A Man”: Black Seamen in the Northern States, 1800–1860
1990 James F. Findlay Religion and Politics in the Sixties: The Churches and the Civil Rights Act of 1964
1990 James C. Cobb “Somebody Done Nailed Us on the Cross”: Federal Farm and Welfare Policy and the Civil Rights Movement in the Mississippi Delta
1991 David Thelen Becoming Martin Luther King, Jr.: An Introduction
1991 Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers Project The Student Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Summary Statement on Research
1991 David Levering Lewis Failing to Know Martin Luther King, Jr.
1991 David J. Garrow King’s Plagarism: Imitation, Insecurity, and Transformation
1991 Clayborne Carson, with Peter Holloran, Ralph E. Luker, and Penny Russell Martin Luther King, Jr., as Scholar: A Reexamination of His Theological Writings
1991 John Higham Habits of the Cloth and Standards of the Academy
1991 Beatrice Johnson Reagon “Nobody Knows the Trouble I See”; or, “By and By I’m Gonna Lay Down My Heavy Load”
1991 Keith D. Miller Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Black Folk Pulpit
1991 Jonathan Prude To Look upon the “Lower Sort”: Runaway Ads and the Appearance of Unfree Laborers in America, 1750–1800
1991 Linda Gordon Black and White Visions of Welfare: Women’s Welfare Activism, 1890–1945
1991 Mary Frances Berry Judging Morality: Sexual Behavior and Legal Consequences in the Late Nineteenth-Century South
1992 Mark Ellis “Closing Ranks” and “Seeking Honors”: W. E. B. Du Bois in World War I
1993 Robin D. G. Kelley “We Are Not What We Seem”: Rethinking Black Working-Class Opposition in the Jim Crow South
1993 Scott A. Sandage A Marble House Divided: The Lincoln Memorial, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Politics of Memory, 1939–1963
1993 Bruce Nelson Organized Labor and the Struggle for Black Equality in Mobile during World War II
1993 Richard Lowe The Freedmen’s Bureau and Local Black Leadership
1994 Shane White “It Was a Proud Day”: African Americans, Festivals, and Parades in the North, 1741–1834
1994 Michael J. Klarman How Brown Changed Race Relations: The Backlash Thesis
1994 Nell Irvin Painter Representing Truth: Sojourner Truth’s Knowing and Becoming Known
1994 Mary L. Dudziak Josephine Baker, Racial Protest, and the Cold War
1995 William Jordan “The Damnable Dilemma”: African-American Accommodation and Protest during World War I
1995 Mark Ellis W. E. B. Du Bois and the Formation of Black Opinion in World War I: A Commentary on “The Damnable Dilemma”
1995 Arnold R. Hirsch Massive Resistance in the Urban North: Trumbull Park, Chicago, 1953–1966
1995 Thomas J. Sugrue Crabgrass-Roots Politics: Race, Rights, and the Reaction against Liberalism in the Urban North, 1940–1964
1995 Gary Gerstle Race and the Myth of the Liberal Consensus
1995 Jonathan Zimmerman Beyond Double Consciousness: Black Peace Corp Volunteers in Africa, 1961–1971
1996 Christopher Waldrep Substituting Law for the Lash: Emancipation and Legal Formation in a Mississippi County Court
1996 Steven A. Reich Soldiers of Democracy: Black Texans and the Fight for Citizenship, 1917–1921
1996 Peggy Pascoe Miscegenation Law, Court Cases, and Ideologies of “Race” in Twentieth-Century America
1997 Joel Williamson Wounds Not Scars: Lynching, the National Conscience, and the American Historian
1997 Robert E. Desrochers Jr. “Not Fade Away”: The Narrative of Venture Smith, an African American in the Early Republic
1997 Dylan Penningroth Slavery, Freedom, and Social Claims to Property among African Americans in Liberty County, Georgia, 1850–1880
1997 Keith C. Barton “Good Cooks and Washers”: Slave Hiring, Domestic Labor, and the Market in Bourbon County, Kentucky
1997 Richard Cullen Rath Echo and Narcissus: The Afrocentric Pragmatism of W. E. B. Du Bois
1997 Kevin Boyle The Kiss: Racial and Gender Conflict in a 1950s Automobile Factory
1997 Clifford M. Kuhn “There’s a Footnote to History!” Memory and the History of Martin Luther King’s October 1960 Arrest and Its Aftermath
1998 Daniel R. Mandell Shifting Boundaries of Race and Ethnicity: Indian-BlackIntermarriage in Southern New England, 1760–1880
1998 Timothy B. Tyson Robert F. Williams, “Black Power,” and the Roots of the African American Freedom Struggle
1998 Christopher Morris The Articulation of Two Worlds: The Master-Slave Relationship Reconsidered
1999 Andrew Wiese The Other Suburbanites: African American Suberbanization in the North before 1950
1999 Kathryn L. Nasstrom Beginnings and Endings: Life Stories and the Periodization of the Civil Rights Movement
1999 Robin D. G. Kelley “But a Local Phase of a World Problem”: Black History’s Global Vision, 1883-1950
2000 Beverly A. Bunch-Lyons A Novel Approach: Using Fiction by African American Women to Teach Black Women’s History
2000 Walter Johnson The Slave Trader, the White Slave, and the Politics of Racial Determination in the 1850s
2000 Adam Fairclough “Being in the Field of Education and Also Being a Negro . . . Seems . . . Tragic”: Black Teachers in the Jim Crow South
2000 Jonathan Zimmerman “Each ‘Race’ Could Have Its Heroes Sung”: Ethnicity and the History Wars in the 1920s
2000 Pamela Grundy From Amazons to Glamazons: The Rise and Fall of North Carolina Women’s Basketball, 1920–1960
2000 Renee Romano No Diplomatic Immunity: African Diplomats, the State Department, and Civil Rights, 1961–1964
2000 Charlotte Brooks In the Twilight Zone between Black and White: Japanese American Resettlement and Community in Chicago, 1942–1945
2001 Daniel Feller A Brother in Arms: Benjamin Tappan and the Antislavery Democracy
2001 Marc M. Arkin The Federalist Trope: Power and Passion in Abolitionist Rhetoric
2001 Bruce Levine Conservatism, Nativism, and Slavery: Thomas R. Whitney and the Origins of the Know-Nothing Party
2001 Axel R. Shäfer W. E. B. Du Bois, German Social Thought, and the Racial Divide in American Progressivism, 1892–1909
2002 Michael J. Klarman Is the Supreme Court Sometimes Irrelevant? Race and the Southern Criminal Justice System in the 1940s
2002 Lauren Rebecca Sklaroff Constructing G.I. Joe Louis: Cultural Solutions to the “Negro Problem” during World War II
2003 Darlene Clark Hine Presidential Address: Black Professionals and Race Consciousness: Origins of the Civil Rights Movement, 1890–1950
2003 François Furstenberg Beyond Freedom and Slavery: Autonomy, Virtue, and Resistance in Early American Political Discourse
2003 W. Fitzhugh Brundage Meta Warrick’s 1907 “Negro Tableaux” and (Re)Presenting African American Historical Memory
2003 Jeffrey P. Moran Reading Race into the Scopes Trial: African American Elites, Science, and Fundamentalism
2004 Ira Berlin Presidential Address: American Slavery in History and Memory and the Search for Social Justice
2004 David Suisman Co-workers in the Kingdom of Culture: Black Swan Records and the Political Economy of African American Music
2004 Kevin Gaines Whose Integration Was It? An Introduction
2004 Clayborne Carson Two Cheers for Brown v. Board of Education
2004 Mary L. Dudziak Brown as a Cold War Case
2004 Adam Fairclough The Costs of Brown: Black Teachers and School Integration
2004 Scott Kurashige The Many Facets of Brown: Integration in a Multiracial Society
2004 Charles M. Payne “The Whole United States Is Southern!”: Brown v. Board and the Mystification of Race
2004 Lani Guinier From Racial Liberalism to Racial Literacy: Brown v. Board of Education and the Interest-Divergence Dilemma
2004 Jane Dailey Sex, Segregation, and the Sacred after Brown
2004 Thomas J. Sugrue Affirmative Action from Below: Civil Rights, the Building Trades, and the Politics of Racial Equality in the Urban North, 1945–1969
2004 Danielle L. McGuire “It Was like All of Us Had Been Raped”: Sexual Violence, Community Mobilization, and the African American Freedom Struggle
2005 Jacquelyn Dowd Hall Presidential Address: The Long Civil Rights Movement and the Political Uses of the Past
2005 Joseph Kip Kosek Richard Gregg, Mohandas Gandhi, and the Strategy of Nonviolence
2005 Ruth Feldstein “I Don’t Trust You Anymore”: Nina Simone, Culture, and Black Activism in the 1960s
2005 Kenneth P. Minkema and Harry S. Stout The Edwardsean Tradition and the Antislavery Debate, 1740–1865
2005 Michael B. Katz, Mark J. Stern, and Jamie J. Fader The New African American Inequality
2005 Sven Beckert From Tuskegee to Togo: The Problem of Freedom in the Empire of Cotton
2006 Kenneth W. Mack Law and Mass Politics in the Making of the Civil Rights Lawyer, 1931–1941
2006 Victoria W. Wolcott Recreation and Race in the Postwar City: Buffalo’s 1956 Crystal Beach Riot
2006 Daniel Matlin “Lift Up Yr Self!” Reinterpreting Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones), Black Power, and the Uplift Tradition
2007 Wendy Anne Warren “The Cause of Her Grief”: The Rape of a Slave in Early New England
2007 Kate Masur “A Rare Phenomenon of Phiological Vegetation”: The Word “Contraband” and the Meanings of Emancipation in the United States
2007 Manfred Berg Black Civil Rights and Liberal Anticommunism: The NAACP in the Early Cold War
2007 Allen C. Guelzo Houses Divided: Lincoln, Douglas, and the Political Landscape of 1858
2007 Andrea Friedman The Strange Career of Annie Lee Moss: Rethinking Race, Gender, and McCarthyism
2007 Clarence L. Mohr and Lawrence N. Powell Through the Eye of Katrina: The Past as Prologue? An Introduction
2007 Ari Kelman Boundary Issues: Clarifying New Orleans’s Murky Edges
2007 Richard Campanella An Ethnic Geography of New Orleans
2007 Karen Kingsley New Orleans Architecture: Building Renewal
2007 Rebecca J. Scott The Atlantic World and the Road to Plessy v. Ferguson
2007 Henry M. McKiven Jr.  The Political Construction of a Natural Disaster: The Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1835
2007 Kent B. Germany The Politics of Poverty and History: Racial Inequality and the Long Prelude to Katrina
2007 Arnold R. Hirsch Fade to Black: Hurricane Katrina and the Disappearance of Creole New Orleans
2007 Donald E. DeVore Water in Sacred Places: Rebuilding New Orleans Black Churches as Sites of Community Empowerment
2007 Alecia P. Long Poverty Is the New Prositution: Race, Poverty, and Public Housing in Post-Katrina New Orleans
2007 Juliette Landphair “The Forgotten People of New Orleans”: Community, Vulnerability, and the Lower Ninth Ward
2007 Elizabeth Fussell Constructing New Orleans, Constructing Race: A Population History of New Orleans
2008 Andrew W. Kahrl “The Slightest Semblance of Unruliness”: Steamboat Excursions, Pleasure Resorts, and the Emergence of Segregation Culture on the Potomac River
2008 Lacy Ford Reconfiguring the Old South: “Solving” the Problem of Slavery, 1787–1838
2008 Mark M. Smith Getting in Touch with Slavery and Freedom
2008 James H. Meriwether “Worth a Lot of Negro Votes”: Black Voters, Africa, and the 1960 Presidential Campaign
2008 Nicholas Guyatt “The Outskirts of Our Happiness”: Race and the Lure of Colonization in the Early Republic
2009 Elna C. Green Relief from Relief: The Tampa Sewing-Room Strike of 1937 and the Right to Welfare
2009 Dorothy Ross Lincoln and the Ethics of Emancipation: Universalism, Nationalism, Exceptionalism
2009 Volker Janssen When the “Jungle” Met the Forest: Public Work, Civil Defense, and Prison Camps in Postwar California
2009 Mark E. Neely Jr. Lincoln, Slavery, and the Nation
2009 Jason C. Parker “Made-in-America Revolutions”? The “Black University” and the American Role in the Decolonization of the Black Atlantic
2009 Peniel E. Joseph The Black Power Movement: A State of the Field
2010 Stephen Kantrowitz “Intended for the Better Government of Man”: The Political History of African American Freemasonry in the Era of Emancipation
2010 Terri L. Snyder Suicide, Slavery, and Memory in North America
2010 Thomas A. Guglielmo “Red Cross, Double Cross”: Race and America’s World War II–Era Blood Donor Service
2010 Kirsten Sword Remembering Dinah Nevil: Strategic Deceptions in Eighteenth-Century Antislavery
2010 Matthew Furrow Samuel Gridley Howe, the Black Population of Canada West, and the Racial Ideology of the “Blueprint for Radical Reconstruction”
2010 Michael J. Pfeifer The Northern United States and the Genesis of Racial Lynching: The Lynching of African Americans in the Civil War Era
2011 Nicholas Guyatt America’s Conservatory: Race, Reconstruction, and the Santo Domingo Debate
2011 Kevin J. Mumford The Trouble with Gay Rights: Race and the Politics of Sexual Orientation in Philadelphia, 1969–1982
2011 Gregory Wigmore Before the Railroad: From Slavery to Freedom in the Canadian-American Borderland
2012 Eithne Quinn Closing Doors: Hollywood, Affirmative Action, and the Revitalization of Conservative Racial Politics
2012 Crystal N. Feimster The Impact of Racial and Sexual Politics on Women’s History
2013 Kate Masur Patronage and Protest in Kate Brown’s Washington
2013 Pierre Force The House on Bayou Road: Atlantic Creole Networks in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
2013 Michael A. Schoeppner Status across Borders: Roger Taney, Black British Subjects, and a Diplomatic Antecedent to the Dred Scott Decision
2013 Sarah E. Cornell Citizens of Nowhere: Fugitive Slaves and Free African Americans in Mexico, 1833–1857
2013 Michael Ayers Trotti What Counts: Trends in Racial Violence in the Postbellum South
2013 Albert M. Camarillo Navigating Segregated Life in America’s Racial Borderhoods, 1910s–1950s
2013 Tom Adam Davies Black Power in Action: The Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, Robert F. Kennedy, and the Politics of the Urban Crisis
2014 Matthew Vaz “We Intend to Run It”: Racial Politics, Illegal Gambling, and the Rise of Government Lotteries in the United States, 1960–1985
2014 Cara Caddoo “Put Together to Please a Colored Audience”: Black Churches, Motion Pictures, and Migration at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
2015 Michael J. Pfeifer At the Hands of Parties Unknown? The State of the Field of Lynching Scholarship
2015 Kali Nicole Gross African American Women, Mass Incarceration, and the Politics of Protection
2015 Jeffrey S. Adler Less Crime, More Punishment: Violence, Race, and Criminal Justice in Early Twentieth-Century America
2015 Robert T. Chase We Are Not Slaves: Rethinking the Rise of the Carceral States through the Lens of the Prisoners’ Rights Movement
2015 Elizabeth Hinton “A War within Our Own Boundaries”: Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society and the Rise of the Carceral State
2015 Donna Murch Crack in Los Angeles: Crisis, Militarization, and Black Response to the Late Twentieth-Century War on Drugs
2015 Rebecca Jo Plant and Frances M. Clarke “The Crowning Insult”: Federal Segregation and the Gold Star Mother and Widow Pilgrimages of the Early 1930s
2015 Andrew W. Kahrl Fear of an Open Beach: Public Rights and Private Interests in 1970s Coastal Connecticut
2015 Kendra T. Field “No Such Thing as Stand Still”: Migration and Geopolitics in African American History
2015 Edward E. Curtis IV “My Heart Is in Cairo”: Malcolm X, the Arab Cold War, and the Making of Islamic Liberation Ethics
2016 Patricia U. Bonomi “Swarms of Negroes Comeing about My Door”: Black Christianity in Early Dutch and English North America
2016 H. Timothy Lovelace Jr.  William Worthy’s Passport: Travel Restrictions and the Cold War Struggle for Civil and Human Rights
2016 Brian D. Goldstein “The Search for New Forms”: Black Power and the Making of the Postmodern City
2016 Gloria McCahon Whiting Power, Patriarchy, and Provision: African Families Negotiate Gender and Slavery in New England
2017 Russell Rickford “We Can’t Grow Food on All This Concrete”: The Land Question, Agrarianism, and Black Nationalist Thought in the Late 1960s and 1970s
2017 Sara C. Jorgensen Lies, Larceny, and the Christian Zulu Prince: An Examination of the Realm of the Reasonable in American Imaginings of Africa
2017 Alexandra Finley “Cash to Corinna”: Domestic Labor and Sexual Economy in the “Fancy Trade”
2018 Thomas A. Guglielmo A Martial Freedom Movement: Black G.I.s’ Political Struggles during World War II
2018 Garrett Felber “Shades of Mississippi”: The Nation of Islam’s Prison Organizing, the Carceral State, and the Black Freedom Struggle
2018 Andrew Pope Making Motherhood a Felony: African American Women’s Welfare Rights Activism in New Orleans and the End of Suitable Home Laws, 1959–1962
2018 Robert H. Churchill When the Slave Catchers Came to Town: Cultures of Violence along the Underground Railroad
2019 Jared Farmer Taking Liberties with Historic Trees
2019 Anne Gray Fischer “Land of the White Hunter”: Legal Liberalism and the Racial Politics of Morals Enforcement in Midcentury Los Angeles
2019 Vanessa Burrows and Barbara Berney Creating Equal Health Opportunity: How the Medical Civil Rights Movement and the Johnson Administration Desegregated U.S. Hospitals
2019 Aaron Hall Slaves of the State: Infrastructure and Governance through Slavery in the Antebellum South
2019 Asa McKercher Too Close for Comfort: Canada, the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, and the North American Colo(u)r Line
2019 Andrew Friedman Decolonization’s Diplomats: Antiracism and the Year of Africa in Washington, D.C.


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