Category Archives: women

Author, Koritha Mitchell, of From Slave Cabins to the White House: Homemade Citizenship in African American Culture answers questions about her influences, discoveries, and dispelling myths about African American culture. Q: Why did you decide to write this book? What … Continue reading

Marian Wilson Kimber’s book The Elocutionists reclaimed a forgotten performance genre. From the mid-1800s to the 1940s, elocutionists recited poetry or drama with music to entertain audiences, in particular women’s groups. Women, in fact, dominated the art, and their purveyance … Continue reading

Simidele Dosekun, author of Fashioning Postfeminism: Spectacular Femininity and Transnational Culture, answers questions about feminist influences, discoveries in Lagos, and what she wants readers to learn. Q: Why did you decide to write this book? I moved back home to … Continue reading

Florence B. Price was a composer whose career spanned both the Harlem and Chicago Renaissances, and the first African American woman to gain national recognition for her works. This June, we’re delighted to publish Rae Linda Brown’s biography, The Heart … Continue reading

Kim E. Nielsen, author of Money, Marriage, and Madness: The Life of Anna Ott answers questions about writing her book, the interesting life of Anna Ott, and her small hometown influences. Q: Why did you decide to write this book? … Continue reading

Dawn Durante is a senior acquisitions editor at the University of Illinois Press. In honor of Women’s History Month, we asked her some questions about her new anthology, 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage: A University of Illinois Press Anthology. 100 Years … Continue reading

Kimberly D. McKee and Denise A. Delgado recently answered some questions about their new book, Degrees of Difference: Reflections of Women of Color on Graduate School. Contributors include: Aeriel A. Ashlee, Denise A. Delgado, Nwadiogo I. Ejiogu, Delia Fernández, Regina … Continue reading

Annette K. Joseph-Gabriel is an assistant professor of French at the University of Michigan. She recently answered some questions about her book, Reimagining Liberation: How Black Women Transformed Citizenship in the French Empire. Q: Why did you decide to write this book? … Continue reading

This August marked the 400th anniversary of slaves arriving in America. To commemorate the anniversary, The New York Times Magazine launched the 1619 Project, a major initiative led by Nikole Hannah-Jones, with the goal of re-framing our understanding of the … Continue reading

We are pleased to announce Gendered Resistance: Women, Slavery, and the Legacy of Margaret Garner, edited by Mary E. Frederickson and Delores M. Walters has won an International AAHGS Book Award from the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS). The … Continue reading