Category Archives: African American Studies

The Chicago Black Renaissance was a time of growth and innovation for Chicago’s Black artistic community. During the early to mid 20th century, Chicago was the place where poets and musicians like Gwendolyn Brooks and Nat King Cole flourished. Here are … Continue reading

Here are 5 essential books that explore the sociopolitical and historical contexts of jazz music.   1. Jazz Internationalism By John Lowney “Indispensable to African American literary and cultural studies, jazz studies, and internationalist leftist studies. Its discussion of how jazz … Continue reading

Here are 5 new African American Studies books to keep an eye out for at ASALH this year. Make sure to stop by the UIP booth and check them out! 1.The Rise and Fall of the Associated Negro Press By … Continue reading

University of Illinois Press has always prided ourselves on our commitment to social justice. In light of the recent events in Charlottesville, here are 13 books about politics, race, and class in American culture. Check out the other posts in our … Continue reading

University of Illinois Press has always prided ourselves on our commitment to social justice. In light of the recent events in Charlottesville, here are 10 books about protest and activism in America. Check out the other posts in our series … Continue reading

University of Illinois Press has always prided ourselves on our commitment to social justice. In light of the recent events in Charlottesville, here are 8 books and journals for understanding systemic racism. Private Prisons in America: A Critical Race Perspective by Michael A. Hallet … Continue reading

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Brittney C. Cooper’s new book Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women was recently reviewed on NPR! The reviewer described it “a work of crucial cultural study. . . . [Beyond Respectability] lays out the complicated history of black woman as … Continue reading

An excerpt from the new introduction to The Revolt of the Black Athlete: 50th Anniversary Edition, by Harry Edwards. I believe that over the last fifty years, the facts, the relationships, and the conclusions drawn from them as portrayed in the … Continue reading

On this day in 1947, the City of New Orleans made its first run between the Chicago and the Crescent City on the Illinois Central line. The City traveled the early 921-mile route in the daytime in those days. The Panama Limited was … Continue reading