African American Studies is a cornerstone of the University of Illinois Press. While we celebrate Black history all year round, this month we’re celebrating with some of our latest and forthcoming Black history titles.

Black Opera: History, Power, Engagement

Naomi André

Naomi André draws on the experiences of performers and audiences to explore opera’s resonance with today’s listeners. Interacting with creators and performers, as well as with the works themselves, André reveals how black opera unearths suppressed truths. These truths provoke complex, if uncomfortable, reconsideration of racial, gender, sexual, and other oppressive ideologies.




Black Public History in Chicago: Civil Rights Activism from World War II into the Cold War

Ian Rocksborough-Smith

Ian Rocksborough-Smith’s meticulous research and adept storytelling provide the first in-depth look at how these committed individuals leveraged Chicago’s black public history. Their goal: to engage with the struggle for racial equality. Rocksborough-Smith shows teachers working to advance curriculum reform in public schools, while well-known activists Margaret and Charles Burroughs pushed for greater recognition of black history by founding the DuSable Museum of African American History.


Dockworker Power: Race and Activism in Durban and the San Francisco Bay Area

Peter Cole

Dockworkers have power. Often missed in commentary on today’s globalizing economy, workers in the world’s ports can harness their role, at a strategic choke point, to promote their labor rights and social justice causes. Peter Cole brings such overlooked experiences to light in an eye-opening comparative study of Durban, South Africa, and the San Francisco Bay Area, California. Path-breaking research reveals how unions effected lasting change in some of the most far-reaching struggles of modern times.


Glory in Their Spirit: How Four Black Women Took On the Army during World War II 

Sandra M. Bolzenius

Women Army Corps (WAC) privates Mary Green, Anna Morrison, Johnnie Murphy, and Alice Young enlisted to serve their country, improve their lives, and claim the privileges of citizenship long denied them. Promised a chance at training and skilled positions, they saw white WACs assigned to those better jobs and found themselves relegated to work as orderlies. In 1945, their strike alongside fifty other WACs captured the nation’s attention and ignited passionate debates on racism, women in the military, and patriotism.


James Baldwin and the 1980s: Witnessing the Reagan Era

Joseph Vogel

By the 1980s, critics and the public alike considered James Baldwin irrelevant. Yet Baldwin remained an important, prolific writer until his death in 1987. Indeed, his work throughout the decade pushed him into new areas, in particular an expanded interest in the social and psychological consequences of popular culture and mass media.




Mayor Harold Washington: Champion of Race and Reform in Chicago

Roger Biles

Raised in a political family on Chicago’s South Side, Harold Washington made history as the city’s first African American mayor. His 1983 electoral triumph, fueled by overwhelming black support, represented victory over the Chicago Machine and business as usual. Yet the racially charged campaign heralded an era of bitter political divisiveness that obstructed his efforts to change city government.



To Turn the Whole World Over: Black Women and Internationalism

Keisha N. Blain and Tiffany M. Gill

Black women undertook an energetic and unprecedented engagement with internationalism from the late nineteenth century to the 1970s. In many cases, their work reflected a complex effort to merge internationalism with issues of women’s rights and with feminist concerns. To Turn the Whole World Over examines these and other issues with a collection of cutting-edge essays on black men’s internationalism in this pivotal era and beyond.

Available March 2019


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From Colored Cosmopolitanism to Human Rights: A Historical Overview of the Transnational Black Freedom Struggle 

Black Power, Gender, and Transformational Politics






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That’s Not Me I See on TV . . . : African American Youth Interpret Media Images of Black Females 

An Introduction to Race, Gender, and Disability: Intersectionality, Disability Studies, and Families of Color 





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The University of Illinois Press is pleased to announce that James Cornelius has been selected by the Abraham Lincoln Association as editor of the Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association beginning January 2019.

About the Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association

The Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association (JALA) is the only journal devoted to Lincoln scholarship. In addition to selected scholarly articles—on Lincoln in the popular media, for example, or British reactions to the War— the journal features primary source documents such as photographs, newly discovered letters and other unpublished material. JALA is the official journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association.

The Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association was founded in 1987, as the successor of Papers of the Abraham Lincoln Association, which was published from 1979 to 1986. The journal is published in print by the University of Illinois Press and made freely available to read online by Michigan Publishing.

Submitting an article

JALA accepts manuscripts on any topic related to Abraham Lincoln. Manuscripts should make a contribution – or a new interpretation – to the field of study of Abraham Lincoln. Pertinent unpublished primary source materials are also welcome.

Authors should follow the Chicago Manual of Style. Papers should be in 12-point type, double-spaced, 20-25 pages exclusive of notes and references. Accepted papers are subject to editing.

Articles should be submitted electronically to the JALA online manuscript submission system. To begin, click here to set up your personal account and upload your submission.

We cannot think of a more fitting way to celebrate Black History Month than to announce University of Illinois Press’s newest giving opportunity, the Darlene Clark Hine African American History Fund. The mission of this fund is to continue the legacy of Dr. Hine’s commitment to mentorship and scholarship by supporting Black studies publications at Illinois. Contributions to this fund will support the Press’s premier Black studies list, which has expanded and enriched the field of Black studies and helps to build a greater understanding of the African American experience in its myriad dimensions.

Dr. Hine is a prolific author, a National Humanities Medalist, and a teacher and mentor to many. Darlene has been instrumental to the growth and success of UIP’s Black studies program, particularly through her work on The New Black Studies Series, which she coedits with Dwight A. McBride. However, “Darlene’s influence on our Black studies publishing program can be seen well beyond the series,” says senior acquisitions editor Dawn Durante, “in the breadth of the Press’s commitment to African American history and culture and particularly African American women’s and gender studies.” We are grateful to Darlene for allowing us to honor her with this fund, and we invite you to join us in building resources to sustain the work of the next generation of Black studies scholars.



What types of books will the DCH Fund support? The DCH Fund will support African American studies books published by University of Illinois Press.

Will DCH Fund only support books published in The New Black Studies Series? No, any book on African American studies will be eligible for support.

Is funding from the DCH Fund the same as a subvention? Sort of! One purpose of the fund is to support books by authors who do not have institutional subvention support available to them.

Can I receive support from the DCH Fund if my African American studies book is being published by another Press? We’re afraid not. This is a UIP fund, and is only able to support books that are published by University of Illinois Press.

Is the DCH Fund the same as the Darlene Clark Hine Award? No, the fund is not connected to the Darlene Clark Hine Award given by the Organization of American Historians. You can learn more about the book award here:

How can I contribute to the fund? We are so glad you asked! To learn more about ways to support the fund and the press, please visit or contact Julie Laut, PhD., Outreach & Development Coordinator, at or 217-300-4126.



We are pleased to announce that Just One of the Boys: Female-to-Male Cross-Dressing on the American Variety Stage by Gillian M. Rodger won the Marcia Herndon Book Prize from the Gender and Sexualities Section from the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM). The award honors exceptional ethnomusicological work in gender and sexuality.

The book is part of the series Music in American Life.




The University of Illinois Press is pleased to announce the appointment of Quincy D. Newell, associate professor of religious studies at Hamilton College, and Benjamin E. Park, assistant professor of history at Sam Houston State University, as co-editors of Mormon Studies Review beginning January 2019. They succeed J. Spencer Fluhman, who served as the journal’s editor since 2013.

About the Editors

Quincy D. Newell is an expert in the religious history of the American West.  Her writing has appeared in publications including the Journal of Africana Religions, American Indian Quarterly, Religion Compass, and The Catholic Historical Review.  Her essay “What Jane James Saw,” in Directions for Mormon Studies in the Twenty-First Century (2016), edited by Patrick Q. Mason, won awards from both the American Society of Church History and the Mormon History Association. Among other books, Newell is the co-editor of New Perspectives in Mormon Studies: Creating and Crossing Boundaries, published by the University of Oklahoma Press in 2013; and the author of Your Sister in the Gospel: The Life of Jane Manning James, a Nineteenth-Century Black Mormon, forthcoming from Oxford University Press.  Her research has been supported by grants and fellowships from a variety of organizations, including the American Council of Learned Societies, the Louisville Institute, and the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies.

Benjamin E. Park received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Cambridge, served as the inaugural postdoctoral fellow with the University of Missouri’s Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy, and currently teaches American religious history at Sam Houston State University. His articles have appeared in Church History, Journal of the Early Republic, Early American Studies, American Nineteenth-Century History, and Journal of Mormon History, among other venues. His first book, American Nationalisms: Imagining Union in the Age of Revolutions, 1783-1833, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2017, and his second book, The Kingdom of Nauvoo: A Story of Mormon Politics, Plural Marriage, and Power in Nineteenth Century America, will be published by W. W. Norton/Liveright in early 2020. He is currently editing A Companion to American Religious History for Wiley-Blackwell.

Both scholars have experience with the Mormon Studies Review prior to their appointment as co-editors, as Dr. Newell served on the editorial advisory board and Dr. Park served as an associate editor.  They have also worked together as members of the Mormon History Association’s Board of Directors.

Newell and Park will be assisted by an editorial advisory board that includes leading scholars of Mormon Studies from around the world.  Members of current editorial board include:

  • Hokulani Aikau, Associate Professor of Gender Studies and Ethnic Studies, University of Utah
  • Michael Austin, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Evansville
  • Elise Boxer, Assistant Professor of History and Coordinator of Native American Studies, University of South Dakota
  • Rachel Cope, Associate Professor of Church History and Doctrine, Brigham Young University
  • Amanda Hendrix-Komoto, Assistant Professor of History, Montana State University
  • David J. Howlett, Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Kenyon College
  • Amy Hoyt, Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, University of the Pacific
  • Melissa Wei-Tsing Inouye, Senior Lecturer in Asian Studies, University of Auckland
  • Megan Sanborn Jones, Professor of Theatre, Brigham Young University
  • Susanna Morrill, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Lewis and Clark College
  • Sara M. Patterson, Associate Professor of Theological Studies, Hanover College
  • Seth Perry, Assistant Professor of Religion, Princeton University
  • Paul Reeve, Simmons Professor of Mormon Studies and Professor of History, University of Utah
  • Sujey Vega, Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies, Arizona State University
  • Pierre Vendassi, Associate Researcher, Centre Émile Durkheim, University of Bordeaux

About Mormon Studies Review

Since it was re-launched six years ago, Mormon Studies Review has been the premier review journal of a popular, evolving, and interdisciplinary subfield. Published annually, it typically includes roundtables, disciplinary essays, review essays, and a handful of book reviews that in some way cover the Mormon tradition and its wider world. Contributions traverse many different disciplines, topics, centuries, and nations, and touch on issues related to religion, politics, gender, race, and class. The authors have included seasoned leaders in their respective fields as well as junior scholars fresh out of graduate programs. The primary audience for the journal is academics and institutions who, while not specialists in Mormon studies, are interested in its scholarship as it relates to broader academic trends and topics.

Prior to coming to the University of Illinois Press, the Mormon Studies Review was published by the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, located at Brigham Young University. Previous issues can be found at

Mormon Studies Review is issued annually and is published by the University of Illinois Press. Full details about the journal, including advertising information and subscription rates, are available at Mormon Studies Review is available online to subscribers through the JSTOR Current Scholarship Program at

Congratulations to the following books for being named Choice Outstanding Academic Titles for 2018!

In awarding Outstanding Academic Titles, the editors use the following criteria to review titles:

  • overall excellence in presentation and scholarship
  • importance relative to other literature in the field
  • distinction as a first treatment of a given subject in book or electronic form
  • originality or uniqueness of treatment
  • value to undergraduate students
  • importance in building undergraduate library collections

Pink-Slipped: What Happened to Women in the Silent Film Industries?

By: Jane M. Gaines

Spirituals and the Birth of a Black Entertainment Industry

By: Sandra Jean Graham

Shame: A Brief History

By: Peter N. Stearns

Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women

By: Brittney C. Cooper

Join us for the first annual University of Illinois Press Publishing Symposium on February 15 for a day of interactive workshops, round tables, and conversations about publishing.






Topics will include:

-Building a Relationship with a University Press

-Tips for a First Book

-Trends in Journal Publication

-Debunking Myths about publishing

-Crafting a Good Proposal

Keynote Address: #PublishingWhileBlack: Reflections on “Diversity,” Antiracism, and Equity, Speaker: Jill Petty, Former Editor for South End Press, Beacon Press, and Northwestern University Press.

Learn more about the opportunity to discuss your book proposal with an experienced acquisitions editor here:

Find the full schedule here:

Registration is not required to attend the symposium, but we encourage pre-registration to help us organize our space for attendees. Box lunches will be provided only to those who pre-register by February 7, 2019.

Register here

Thanks to our co-sponsors: OVCR Office of Research Advising and Project Development, the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, IPRH, Center for Advanced Study, and the Unit for Criticism

The Journal of Civil and Human Rights is now accepting submissions for the December 2020 issue. Proposals will be accepted until the end of June 2019.

The Journal of Civil and Human Rights is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary, academic journal dedicated to studying modern U.S.-based social justice movements and freedom struggles, including transnational ones, and their antecedents, influence, and legacies. The journal features research-based articles, interviews, editorials, state-of-the-field pieces, and book forums.



For more information regarding submission guidelines and journal style, see 

For questions contact, Michael Ezra, Editor, at

The University of Illinois Press is pleased to announce that To Live Here, You Have to Fight: How Women Led Appalachian Movements for Social Justice, has been selected as a grant recipient from the Howard D. and Marjorie I. Brooks Fund for Progressive Thought. This internal fund was established in 2018 by William Brooks, professor emeritus of music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and professor of music at the University of York, in honor of his parents’ lifelong commitment to progressive causes. To Live Here, You Have to Fight, the inspiring yet sobering story of white Appalachian women acting as leaders and soldiers in a grassroots war on poverty in the 1960s and 1970s, exemplifies the spirit of this Fund.



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Stephen Hardy is a retired professor of kinesiology and affiliate professor of history at the University of New Hampshire.  Andrew C. Holman is a professor of history and the director of Canadian studies at Bridgewater State University. They recently answered some questions about their new book, Hockey: A Global History.


Q: One of the eye-opening aspects of Hockey: A Global History is the fact the game escaped early from its Canadian “incubator.” Ice hockey itself spread, of course, but so did a number of hockey-related games. What led the two of you to venture outside the usual parameters of a hockey history to look at the sport in such a broad way? What surprised you during your research?

SH and AH: The perspective you describe is certainly prevalent, especially among people who grew up in Canada. What we try to show is the existence of many hockey-like games, on fields and on ice, around the world centuries ago. Names varied by location, as did rules. We were aware of this, as were other authors, but our research still brought surprises.  Perhaps the biggest was an exotic spectacle called “polo.” It sprang up in the 1880s, in roller skating rinks, that sprouted all around North America and parts of Europe. It was a high-speed, high collision affair with short sticks, a ball, and cages. It had media coverage, league organization, and fan followings far in advance of Montreal hockey at the time. It was also played on ice. We describe how and why it faded in many markets after other promoters introduced Montreal hockey.

Q: The book returns often to the theme of technology as an influence on hockey’s evolution. Everything from railroad expansion to television to carbon fiber had its own particular impact. Is there an innovation that “made” hockey to such an extent the game is unthinkable without it? Along similar lines, what technology produced a similar sea change in recent times?

SH and AH: Without question, the single most important technological innovation to our story is the breakthrough in artificial ice-making in the 1890s. Scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs had tried various systems for a century until the breakthrough that separated the lines of general coolent (like ether or ammonia, which had volatile and dangerous properties) from the lines—in the 1890s filled wit brine—that went under the ice. This prompted an immediate and staggering investment in indoor ice rinks in the USA and parts of Europe. It is no surprise that the Montreal game took off with these new rinks as incubators.

More recently it is innovation in equipment—lighter, higher performance (and more expensive) sticks, skates, pads. This has certainly elevated player skill and speed.

Q: Outsiders may not be aware of how the 1972 Summit Series looms in Canadian history—and not just sports history. The book discusses how this landmark exhibition between Canada and the Soviet Union marked a dramatic turning point from hockey’s prior commitment to “divergence” in favor of a new “convergence” in organization, playing style, and other areas. Where had hockey been before the Summit Series and where did it go after?

SH and AH: The Summit Series came about mainly because of frustration in both Canada and the Soviet Union. IIHF and Olympic rules had long forbidden outright professionals – those who made their principal living from the game, such as NHLers – from playing in international tournaments that counted. For Canada, that meant that several hundred of their best players had been barred from representing their country.  For the Soviet Union, whose national team had come to dominate IIHF tournaments in the 1960s, it meant being prevented from playing against the world’s purportedly best players. The eight-game challenge series provided a long-awaited showdown between talent pools and, metaphorically, about “ways of life.” That the Soviet “amateurs” – largely soldiers whose principal work was playing hockey – did so well against the vaunted pros and lost only late in the series’ final game (when Canada scored with 34 seconds left!) shows how much the Soviets had caught up to Canadians in skill and will. But central to the story is the aftermath. As we show in the book, gradually and grudgingly, North Americans become fascinated with Soviet strategy, which contrasted so starkly with the old Canadian, dump-and-chase, damn-the-torpedoes style. And they begin to adopt elements of it through coaching exchanges, team tours to Europe and the recruitment of elite European players. At the same time, one lesson that the Soviets and other Europeans took away from the series was the undeniable utility of physical play and intimidation. No coincidence , then, that European hockey in the 1970s and 80s becomes rougher, and more North American in style. It was a real crossroads – a convergence moment.

Q:Women’s hockey, particularly in the Olympics, enjoys a higher profile than ever before. Yet forty-some years ago it only existed as a club or intramural sport played by a small number of people. What factors boosted its growth? Where do you see women’s hockey going in the new millennium?

SH and AH: We try to show the heroic struggles of women to get on the ice as soon as there were rinks. Canadian women are certainly more visible in the record, especially in the 1920s and 1930s, but we also offer evidence of women playing in the USA and Europe. The last 40 years have for sure brought greater progress. We argue that a central factor has been pressure from the players themselves, coupled with pragmatism from those controlling the ice time. Some of that pragmatism was legal (e.g. Title IX) some of it was a recognition that the Canadian and  American women had better chances of winning Olympic and IIHF World championships. Females who aspire to hockey careers certainly have more options now, with professional leagues in North America and Europe. They still have to battle and pressure for opportunities,   but now there are more of them. The USA women’s national team fought for higher pay, and won.

Q: In your epilogue you write, “Convergence and divergence, in tandem. That is what we see ahead.” Looking at the game today, can you pick out a current trend or trends that will have an impact on hockey over, say, the next 10-20 years? Or, if you prefer: what should that know-it-all on the barstool be pontificating about during second intermission?

SH and AH: Historians are notoriously bad at making predictions, so we have tread very carefully when it comes to seeing into the future. “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose,” is a hackneyed phrase but it captures something of what we see ahead of us.  At root, organized hockey has since 1875 been identified for a unique combination of three elements: speed, combination play, and physicality. At the risk of oversimplifying things, its core ingredients have been both its central “calling card” and the source of its main problems. The elements are intertwined, but finding the proper balance among them has been the core challenge of the game’s administrators, managers, coaches and players. Hockey observers in 1907 and 1977 complained loudly, for example, about excessive violence and how physical play was ruining a beautiful sport. Likewise, when the rhythm of hockey (its combination play or “science”) – became stultified by defensive tactics that made it slow, or boring, hockey’s best minds intervened, introducing the forward pass, for example in 1929, and rules against obstruction interference in the 1990s and 2000s. But it is the third of this sport’s elements – speed – and how to deal with its consequences that will dominate hockey talk in the coming years. In hockey, speed kills, both figuratively and literally. It is the source of the current game’s excitement; players now skate faster, collide more violently, and shoot harder than ever before. Exciting, but dangerous.  And the current scare about concussions underlines that point. So, how to ensure that hockey remains thrilling and safe is the question that will motor much of the discussion. Below elite levels, the sport has great work ahead of it to become more inclusive. And so the challenge there is to find ways to invite more girls and women and a more robust representation in the game of kids and adults from ethnically and racially diverse backgrounds.

Q: Finally, the most important question. The book makes it obvious that you are hockey fans. What team or teams do you follow? How’d you learn to love hockey?

SH: I grew up in Greater Boston and came of age as an athlete and fan in the late 1950s and the 1960s. My neighbor had played hockey at Dartmouth with some great players including Jack Riley, who was coach at West Point and coach of the 1960 USA Olympic Gold Medal team. That team included some Boston guys like Bill Cleary. The last two games were among the first Olympic competitions shown live in the USA. Most Bostonian hockey people of my age would point to that as an important moment. Few American kids had dreams of playing in the NHL, even though we loved the Bruins (despite their dismal records at that time) and idolized certain NHL players (for me Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull and Jean Beliveau). The NHL had little interest in Americans, for reasons we try to explain. Our dreams were to play high school, college, and (for those good enough) on the Olympic team.

AH: I’ve been a Toronto Maple Leafs fan for a long time (though I had a brief “fling” with the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1970s, during the height of the “Broad Street Bullies”). I inherited the Leafs, I guess, from my dad and my grandfather – my dad’s dad. I grew up in southern Ontario, so Saturday nights meant that the Hockey Night in Canada telecast would be on the television. And so Leafs talk was never very far away (in fact, it still is… “did you see the Toronto game last night?” is a question I often have to be ready to answer when my parents call). I don’t want to jinx things – the Leafs are looking pretty strong this year – but they have been really bad for a long time and a deep playoff run or, dare I say, a Stanley Cup appearance would be a welcome event for all of us in Leafs nation, even those of us ex-pats out in the diaspora. Hockey was always in my family (I have three hockey-playing brothers all of whom who were introduced to the game at early ages), and like so many Canadians families that meant learning and playing the game together in shinny games and travelling together to one of my brothers’ teams’ tournaments far and wide. Growing up, we spent a lot of time in rinks. And now, we are all in our 50s, and though we live with our own families in different cities in Canada and the US, we are always looking for ways – tournaments or guest appearances on each other’s beer-league teams – to lace up the skates and play together. It’s fantastic. I can’t say I have ever had a hockey idol, though in the never-ending road hockey games on the street where I grew up or those on the outdoor backyard rinks, I suppose I could have been heard shouting out “Davey Keon” or “Darryl Sittler” when the puck found its way to my stick.