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Celebrate Pride with UM Press

by Lauren Stachew June 23, 2016

This month is the 47th annual LGBT Pride Month, which began in June 1969 to commemorate the Stonewall riots in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. This commemorative month not only celebrates sexual diversity and gender variance, but also increases visibility and emphasizes positivity and self-love in the LGBT community. Parades, marches, rallies, and commemorations are held across the world annually during this month. Performing Queer Latinidad by Ramón H. Rivera-Servera highlights the critical role that performance played in the development of Latina/o queer public culture in the United States during the 1990s and early 2000s, a period when the size and influence […]

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June is African-American Music Appreciation Month: Celebrate with many titles from UM Press!

by Lauren Stachew June 7, 2016

This month is the 37th annual African-American Music Appreciation Month. Originally called ‘Black Music Month,’ Kenny Gamble, Ed Wright, and Dyana Williams developed the idea in 1979 to set aside a month dedicated to celebrating the significance of black music. The group successfully lobbied President Jimmy Carter to host a reception on June 7th, 1979 to formally recognize the month, and since then, African-American Music Appreciation Month has grown into a nationally celebrated and revered occasion, with events held annually across the country. The University of Michigan Press has many exciting titles that celebrate the rich and inspiring history of […]

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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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Daniel Stein Explores Jazz as Cold War Diplomacy

by Phillip Witteveen July 11, 2014

“I will examine Louis Armstrong and the All Stars’ concert tour through East Germany in March of 1965,” begins Daniel Stein, in a sentence that puts landing gear down on “largely unexplored territory,” intellectually speaking. That territory is the Honalee of convening spaces where Cold War era jazz, the Civil Rights Movement, and diplomacy intercede in Stein’s interdisciplinary scholarship. Stein—whose scholarly attention to Louis Armstrong and Armstrong’s autobiographical writing has, by now, coalesced into a book (Music is My Life)—recently published an article in Americana, teasing out further implications from the lesser known fringes of his research interest. A marginal inclusion in either […]

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Backlist Spotlight: ‘Black Detroit and the Rise of the UAW’

by Phillip Witteveen June 3, 2014

Black Detroit and the Rise of the UAW has long been recognized “essential reading for historians of labor and race in America,” and with the current interest in Detroit as well as labor issues nationwide, August Meier and Elliott Rudwick’s seminal title may be worth another look. The book began as an isolated case of the NAACP’s involvement with organized labor: the 1941 United Auto Worker’s strike against the Ford Motor Company. This strike, remembered as a crucial stage in the Association’s concern with economic issues and cooperation with unions, was only the impressive looking tip of the iceberg. “As our research proceeded,” wrote […]

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