black history month

Black History Month Sale: 30% off select books!

by Kathryn Beaton February 8, 2017

In honor of Black History Month, we’re highlighting books in our “African-American and African Studies” category. Whether you’re interested in civil rights, slam poetry, policy issues, music, or how these intersect with a variety of other topics, you can find it all here. Use the code UMBHM17 for 30% off any of our 140 AAAS books. This offer is good on hardcovers, paperbacks, and ebooks, and can be used as many times as you want, until March 1st, 2017.   Black America in the Shadow of the Sixties: Notes on the Civil Rights Movement, Neoliberalism, and Politics Clarence Lang The 1960s, including […]

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Black History Month Spotlight: ‘Counting the Tiger’s Teeth’

by Kasie Pleiness February 24, 2016

Throughout February, the University of Michigan Press will be featuring several titles for Black History Month. Counting the Tiger’s Teeth: An African Teenager’s Story narrates a crucial turning point in Nigerian history, the Agbekoya rebellion of 1968-70. After dropping out of high school in 1968, Toyin Falola joined a peasant rebellion in his home country of Nigeria. Counting the Tiger’s Teeth is Falola’s personal account of his experience with the rebellion, based on what he saw and heard, the activities he participated in, and what he suffered. The narrative provides unprecedented, even poetic, access to the social fabric and dynamic development of […]

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Black History Month Spotlight: ‘The Impossible Machine’

by Kasie Pleiness February 17, 2016

Throughout February, the University of Michigan Press will be featuring several titles for Black History Month. In The Impossible Machine, Adam Sitze meticulously traces the origins of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) back to two well-established instruments of colonial and imperial governance: the jurisprudence of indemnity and the commission of inquiry. According to Sitze, “The point of construing the TRC as an ‘impossible machine’ is to accept, as a point of departure for the analysis of the TRC, the falsity of the antithesis between miracle and fraud, between enchantment with the TRC and disenchantment with it.” Sitze asserts […]

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Black History Month Spotlight: ‘Black America in the Shadow of the Sixties’

by Kasie Pleiness February 10, 2016

Throughout February, the University of Michigan Press will be featuring several titles for Black History Month. In Black America in the Shadow of the Sixties, Clarence Lang argues that the black social movements of the Civil Rights era present an obstacle to understanding the current conditions of African Americans. According to Lang, “the Sixties persists in the public imagination today in large part because it parallels the tumultuous historical period we currently inhabit.” Perpetuating the Sixties as a point of political, social, and cultural reference has the potential to limit black Americans’ contemporary political thinking and activism. Combining interdisciplinary scholarship, […]

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Black History Month Spotlight: ‘Dreams for Dead Bodies’

by Kasie Pleiness February 4, 2016

Throughout February, the University of Michigan Press will be featuring several titles for Black History Month. In Dreams for Dead Bodies: Blackness, Labor, and the Corpus of American Detective Fiction, M. Michelle Robinson offers new arguments about the origins of detective fiction in the United States, tracing the lineage of the genre back to unexpected texts and uncovering how authors such as Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, Pauline Hopkins, and Rudolph Fisher made use of the genre’s puzzle-elements to explore the shifting dynamics of race and labor in America. According to Robinson, the narrative elements necessary to any good crime […]

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