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A Political Education

by Elizabeth Todd-Breland The University of North Carolina Press (October 03, 2018)

In 2012, Chicago's school year began with the city's first teachers' strike in a quarter century and ended with the largest mass closure of public schools in U.S. history. On one side, a union leader and veteran...


From Asylum to Prison

by Anne E. Parsons The University of North Carolina Press (September 25, 2018)

To many, asylums are a relic of a bygone era. State governments took steps between 1950 and 1990 to minimize the involuntary confinement of people in psychiatric hospitals, and many mental health facilities...


The Men of Mobtown

by Adam Malka The University of North Carolina Press (March 22, 2018)

What if racialized mass incarceration is not a perversion of our criminal justice system's liberal ideals, but rather a natural conclusion? Adam C. Malka raises this disturbing possibility through a gripping...


Cuban Revolution in America

by Teishan A. Latner The University of North Carolina Press (January 11, 2018)

When a popular revolution prevailed on America's doorstep in 1959, it provoked the wrath of the American political establishment but fueled intense interest within the multiracial American Left. In this groundbreaking...


Black Firefighters and the FDNY

by David Goldberg The University of North Carolina Press (October 23, 2017)

For many African Americans, getting a public sector job has historically been one of the few paths to the financial stability of the middle class, and in New York City, few such jobs were as sought-after as...


Unjust Deeds

by Jeffrey D. Gonda The University of North Carolina Press (August 26, 2015)

In 1945, six African American families from St. Louis, Detroit, and Washington, D.C., began a desperate fight to keep their homes. Each of them had purchased a property that prohibited the occupancy of African...


Chained in Silence

by Talitha L. LeFlouria The University of North Carolina Press (April 27, 2015)

In 1868, the state of Georgia began to make its rapidly growing population of prisoners available for hire. The resulting convict leasing system ensnared not only men but also African American women, who were...


Building a Latino Civil Rights Movement

by Sonia Song-Ha Lee The University of North Carolina Press (May 26, 2014)

In the first book-length history of Puerto Rican civil rights in New York City, Sonia Lee traces the rise and fall of an uneasy coalition between Puerto Rican and African American activists from the 1950s through...


Power to the Poor

by Gordon K. Mantler The University of North Carolina Press (February 25, 2013)

The Poor People's Campaign of 1968 has long been overshadowed by the assassination of its architect, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the political turmoil of that year. In a major reinterpretation of civil rights...