September’s free e-book is here! We’re giving away To Turn The Whole World Over: Black Women and Internationalism edited by Keisha N. Blain and Tiffany M. Gill with contributions by Nicole Anae, Keisha N. Blain, Brandon R. Byrd, Stephanie Beck Cohen, Anne Donlon, Tiffany N. Florvil, Kim Gallon, Dayo F. Gore, Annette K. Joseph-Gabriel, Grace V. Leslie, Michael O. West, and Julia Erin Wood.

Black women undertook an energetic and unprecedented engagement with internationalism from the late nineteenth century to the 1970s. Analyzing the contours of gender within black internationalism, scholars examine the range and complexity of Black women’s global engagements. The essays explore the travels and migrations of Black women; the internationalist writings of women from Paris to Chicago to Spain; black women advocating for internationalism through art and performance; and the involvement of Black women in politics, activism, and global freedom struggles.

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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 became clearest to me because I researched and wrote Living with Lynching is that black success beckoned the mob, and African Americans recognized that fact! If Black people pursued accomplishment despite knowing it would make them targets, then didn’t it make more sense to read their literature through the lens of success rather than assuming it was shaped by resistance and protest?

Once I realized how much Black people had been identifying white people’s investment in interrupting Black people’s journeys toward achievement, I saw that scholars had focused on protest mostly because white supremacy had suggested that white people make the world and everyone else must respond to it. In fact, African American authors understood that white people kept re-making the world in their image because their brutality never did the job of dehumanizing and suppressing others’ greatness. White mediocrity (or worse) kept shining through, kept proving they were anything but superior.

Q: Who were your biggest influences?

Without question, the ancestors shape this work. I am simply trying to be faithful to the evidence they left—evidence that gets clouded only because we approach it with perspectives that have been skewed by mainstream ideas we have absorbed despite our best efforts to maintain community-centered clarity.

Koritha Mitchell is an associate professor of English at The Ohio State University and the author of Living with Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance, and Citizenship, 1890-1930.

At the same time, earlier scholars of both cultural studies and history have been influential because the foundations they laid made these insights possible. I think of it in these terms: Brittney Cooper’s book Beyond Respectability (also published by UIP and shepherded by editor extraordinaire Dawn Durante) could reveal all that was not explained by foundational black feminist frameworks because those frameworks had been so field-shaping. That is, Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham’s “the politics of respectability” and Darlene Clark Hine’s “dissembling” had inspired so many studies for the past several decades that it helped Cooper see what wasn’t accounted for.

Likewise, I owe a debt to all earlier scholarship because the ubiquity of a protest/resistance approach allowed me to see what was in Black cultural production that those theoretical frameworks did not fully notice.

Q: What is the most interesting discovery you made while researching and writing your book?

I went into this project believing that reading through the lens of success would reveal what had not been seen before in canonical works by African American women, but I was still surprised at what most struck me upon reading Toni Morrison’s Beloved that way. Focusing on Black women’s definitions of achievement exposed the novel’s investment in the accomplishment of choosing, for oneself, one’s object of love. The United States has robbed Black women of the ability to choose a romantic partner—even as it has forced children upon them, children fathered by both black and white men. Writing Beloved in the 1980s, Morrison grappled with the reverberations of that robbery as her text revisits enslavement and the early years of freedom for (self)emancipated Black women, not just Sethe but also Baby Suggs and others.

Q: What myths do you hope your book will dispel or what do you hope your book will help readers unlearn?

I want readers to unlearn the belief with which Western societies have bombarded us all, that protest is the most logical lens through which to view the creative works of all marginalized people. In truth, dominant culture pounces on marginalized populations to convince them of that which dominant culture cannot convince itself: that it deserves to be dominant.

Q: What is the most important idea you hope readers will take away from your book?

That’s easy: African American literature and art do not exist primarily to respond to whiteness and its relentless violence. White violence is a reaction to black achievement, a fierce attempt to destroy black achievement and obliterate all signs that it ever existed.

As I did by including Islamophobia and ableism (for example) in my most comprehensive account of know-your-place aggression, I hope this book will lead readers to prioritize success when interpreting art by individuals and populations that are trans, queer, Asian American, Latinx, or differently able. I hope it becomes standard to read the literature and art of all marginalized groups with an eye toward their investment in achievement rather than with an obsession about how they respond to the forces arrayed against their freedom and joy.

Q: What do you like to read/watch/or listen to for fun?

My absolute favorite television series are Showtime’s Billions and HBO’s Insecure. I have been ahuge fan of Issa Rae since she created Awkward Black Girl on YouTube. I wrote about it on my first blog, long before everyone else jumped on the bandwagon. Watching her journey has been an absolute joy!

As I think about my love for Issa Rae’s work, and Awkward Black Girl and Insecure represent only a fraction, I understand even more why The Black Guy Who Tips (TBGWT) is my favorite podcast. I appreciate the insistence upon combining an awareness of how diverse Blackness is with irreverence and even raunchiness.

I found TBGWT in 2016, as I finished the first draft of From Slave Cabins to the White House.

Very little went my way as I tried to bring this book to completion over the past 4 years, but TBGWT, its hosts, and its community-minded audience have been with me every step of the way. I have emotional ties to this podcast for too many reasons to name. However, it’s worth noting that the hosts, Karen and Rod Morrow, describe their creation as a comedy talk show with the motto, Nothing’s Wrong If It’s Funny.

In a world that brutalizes Black people in myriad ways, I take seriously the need to find humor in the not-at-all fictional horror that comes with being blessed to live another day.


To celebrate the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment and Women’s Equality Day on August 26, we’re offering a 50% discount on all women’s suffrage books! Use Promo Code 100vote on any of the titles listed below to receive the discount. Sale ends August 27.

100 Years of Women’s Suffrage: A University of Illinois Press Anthology

Compiled by Dawn Durante and Introduction by Nancy A. Hewitt

100 Years of Women’s Suffrage commemorates the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment by bringing together essential scholarship on the women’s suffrage movement and women’s voting previously published by the University of Illinois Press. With an original introduction by Nancy A. Hewitt, the volume illuminates the lives and work of key figures while uncovering the endeavors of all women to gain, and use, the vote.

Front Pages, Front Lines: Media and the Fight for Women’s Suffrage

Edited by Linda Steiner, Carolyn Kitch, and Brooke Kroeger

Front Pages, Front Lines offers new research on media issues related to women’s suffrage, incorporating innovative approaches to social movements and counter-movements, media theory, memory studies, and historiography. The collection includes overlooked topics, such as the participation of African American and religious media, coverage of black suffragists, suffragist and anti-suffrage rhetorical strategies, the role of social and media elites, and the impact of white masculinity on press coverage.

Sophonisba Breckinridge: Championing Women’s Activism in Modern America

by Anya Jabour

Sophonisba Breckinridge’s remarkable career stretched from the Civil War to the Cold War. She took part in virtually every reform campaign of the Progressive and New Deal eras and became a nationally and internationally renowned figure. During the long fight for equal suffrage, she spearheaded the successful campaign for woman suffrage in Illinois and served as an officer of the National American Woman Suffrage Association.

Fannie Barrier Williams: Crossing The Borders of Region and Race

by Wanda A. Hendricks

In this first biography of Fannie Barrier Williams, Wanda A. Hendricks focuses on the critical role geography and social position played in Williams’s life, illustrating how the reform activism of Williams and other black women was bound up with place and space. By highlighting how Williams experienced a set of freedoms in the North that were not imaginable in the South, this clearly written, widely accessible biography expands how we understand intellectual possibilities, economic success, and social mobility in post-Reconstruction America.

Anna Howard Shaw: The Work of Woman’s Suffrage

by Trisha Franzen

Acknowledged by her contemporaries as the most outstanding woman suffrage orator of her time, Anna Howard Shaw (1847-1919) has nonetheless received minimal attention from historians. Trisha Franzen rectifies that oversight with this first scholarly biography of Shaw. Challenging traditional gender boundaries throughout her life, she put herself through college, worked as an ordained minister and a doctor, and built a tightly-knit family with her secretary and longtime companion Lucy E. Anthony.

For Freedom’s Sake: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer

by Chana Kai Lee

In this biography, Chana Kai Lee documents Fannie Lou Hamer’s lifelong crusade to empower the poor through collective action, her rise to national prominence as a civil rights activist, and the personal costs of her ongoing struggle to win a political voice and economic self-sufficiency for blacks in the segregated South. Lee traces Hamer’s early work as a field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in rural Mississippi, documenting the partial blindness she suffered after being arrested and beaten by local officials for leading a group of blacks to register for the vote.

The Concise History of Woman Suffrage: Selections from the Classic Work of Stanton, Anthony, Gage and Harper

Edited and with an Introduction by Mari Jo Buhle and Paul Buhle

In their Concise History of Woman Suffrage, Mari Jo Buhle and Paul Buhle have revitalized this classic text by carefully selecting from among the original six-volume History of Women Suffrage best material. The eighty-two chosen documents, now including interpretative introductory material by the editors, give researchers easy access to material that the original work’s arrangement often caused readers to ignore or to overlook.

Sojourner Truth’s America

by Margaret Washington

This fascinating biography tells the story of nineteenth-century America through the life of one of its most charismatic and influential characters: Sojourner Truth. Washington’s biography of this remarkable figure considers many facets of Sojourner Truth’s life to explain how she became one of the greatest activists in American history. Truth’s awakening during America’s progressive surge then propelled her ascendancy as a rousing preacher and political orator despite her inability to read and write. She was an active and vocal proponent of women’s rights and suffrage.

Southern Discomfort: Women’s Activism in Tampa, Florida, 1880s-1920s

by Nancy A. Hewitt

The Cigar City of Tampa, Florida, never fit comfortably into the biracial mold of the New South. In Southern Discomfort, highly regarded historian Nancy A. Hewitt explores the interactions among distinct groups of womennative-born white, African American, Cuban and Italian immigrant womenthat shaped women’s activism in this vibrant, multiethnic city. Southern Discomfort emphasizes the process by which women forged and reformulated their activist identities.

Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women

by Brittney C. Cooper

Beyond Respectability charts the development of African American women as public intellectuals and the evolution of their thought from the end of the 1800s through the Black Power era of the 1970s. Eschewing the Great Race Man paradigm so prominent in contemporary discourse, Brittney C. Cooper looks at the far-reaching intellectual achievements of female thinkers and activists like Anna Julia Cooper, Mary Church Terrell, Fannie Barrier Williams, Pauli Murray, and Toni Cade Bambara. As Cooper shows, their body of work critically reshaped our understandings of race and gender discourse.

Jane Addams: A Biography

by James Weber Linn

Jane Addams is most widely remembered as a founder of Hull House, but her social vision extended far beyond Chicago’s Halsted Street. The first real adventurer in the unexplored territory of social amelioration in America, Addams worked tirelessly on behalf of a multitude of social causes, including industrial and educational reform, drug laws, sanitation, disaster relief, and food purity. In 1931 she won the Nobel Prize for Peace, a tribute to the decades of energy and eloquence she devoted to eradicating intolerance and elevating human life to a more humane standard. She was also active in the women’s suffrage movement as an officer in the National American Women’s Suffrage Association. 

The Road To Seneca Falls: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the First Woman’s Rights Convention

by Judith Wellman

Rather than working heavy-handedly downward from their official “Declaration of Sentiments,” Wellman works upward from richly detailed documentary evidence to construct a complex tapestry of causes that lay behind the Seneca Falls convention, bringing the struggle to life. Wellman shows that the anti-slavery movement, radical Quakers, and the campaign for legal reform under a common cause converged not only in Seneca Falls, but also in the life of women’s rights pioneer Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

Alice Paul and the American Suffrage Campaign

by Katherine H. Adams & Michael L. Keene

Alice Paul and the American Suffrage Campaign narrates the remarkable story of the first person to picket the White House, attempt a national political boycott, burn the president in effigy, and lead a successful campaign of nonviolence. This groundbreaking study fills the gap in the historical record that past historical records leave out about Paul’s contributions to women’s suffrage. Paul’s controversial approach, the authors assert, was essential in changing American attitudes toward suffrage.

Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC

edited by Faith S. Holsaert, Martha Prescod Normal Noonan, Judy Richardson, Betty Garman Robinson, Jean Smith Young, and Dorothy M. Zellner

In Hands on the Freedom Plow, fifty-two women in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee ( SNCC ) acquired new skills, experienced personal growth, sustained one another, and even had fun in the midst of serious struggle. These intense stories on the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement depict women, many very young, dealing with extreme fear and finding the remarkable strength to survive.

The Masculine Woman in America, 1890-1935

by Laura L. Behling

The Masculine Woman in America, 1890-1935 demonstrates that the women’s suffrage movement did not so much suggest alternatives to women’s gender and sexual behavior as it offered men and women afraid of perceived changes a tangible movement on which to blame their fears. The suffrage movement’s efforts to secure social and political independence for women were translated by a fearful society into a movement of unnatural “masculinized” women and dangerous “female sexual inverts.”

Lucretia Mott Speaks: The Essential Speeches and Sermons

by Luecretia Mott; Edited by Christopher Densmore, Carol Faulkner, Nancy Hewitt, and Beverly Wilson Palmer

Committed abolitionist, controversial Quaker minister, tireless pacifist, fiery crusader for women’s rightsLucretia Mott was one of the great reformers in America history. Drawing on widely scattered archives, newspaper accounts, and other sources, Lucretia Mott Speaks unearths the essential speeches and remarks from Mott’s remarkable career. 

The Selected Letters of Florence Kelley, 1869-1931

Edited by Kathryn Kish Sklar & Beverly Wilson Palmer

As head of the National Consumers’ League, Florence Kelley led campaigns that reshaped the conditions under which goods were produced in the United States. An ally of W.E.B. Du Bois, she was a founding member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and served on its board for twenty years. She also joined the fight for women’s rights as the Vice President of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. Rendered in Kelley’s vivid, often combative prose, these letters provide an intimate view into the personal life of a dedicated reformer.

No Votes for Women: The New York State Anti-Suffrage Movement

by Susan Goodier

No Votes for Women: The New York State Anti-Suffrage Movement explores the suffrage movement in New York State by delving into the stories of women who opposed the expansion of voting rights to women. The conservative women who fought against suffrage encouraged women to retain their distinctive feminine identities as protectors of their homes and families, a role they felt was threatened by the imposition of masculine political responsibilities.

Jane Addams and the Practice of Democracy

Edited by Marilyn Fischer, Carol Nackenoff, and Wendy Chmielewski

Using a rich array of newly available sources and contemporary methodologies from many disciplines, the ten original essays in this volume give a fresh appraisal of Addams as a theorist and practitioner of democracy. This volume demonstrates how scholars continue to interpret Addams as a model for transcending disciplinary boundaries, generating theory out of concrete experience, and keeping theory and practice in close and fruitful dialogue.

Black Women and Politics in New York City

by Julie A. Gallagher

An essential contribution to twentieth-century political history, Black Women and Politics in New York City documents African American women in New York City fighting for justice, civil rights, and equality in the turbulent world of formal politics from the suffrage and women’s rights movements to the feminist era of the 1970s.

Breadwinners: Working Women and Economic Independence, 1865-1920

by Lara Vapnek

Lara Vapnek tells the story of American labor feminism from the end of the Civil War through the winning of woman suffrage. During this period, working women in the nation’s industrializing cities launched a series of campaigns to gain economic equality and political power. This book shows how working women pursued equality by claiming new identities as citizens and as breadwinners.

Voting and the Spirit of American Democracy: Essays on the History of Voting and Voting Rights in America

Edited by Donald W. Rogers

Writing in a succinct and lively manner, leading historians and political scientists trace the history of American voting from the colonial period to the present, incorporating the latest scholarship on suffrage reform, woman suffrage, black voting rights, and electoral participation. They explain how voting practices changed over time as the result of broad historical forces, such as economic growth, demographic shifts, the results of war, and the rise of political reform movements.

Women and the Republican Party, 1854-1924

by Melanie Susan Gustafson

Acclaimed as groundbreaking since its publication, Women and the Republican Party, 1854-1924 explores the forces that propelled women to partisan activism in an era of widespread disfranchisement and provides a new perspective on how women fashioned their political strategies and identities before and after 1920.

The Women’s Joint Congressional Committee and the Politics of Maternalism, 1920-30

by Jan Doolittle Wilson

Jan Doolittle Wilson offers the first comprehensive history of the umbrella organization founded by former suffrage leaders in order to coordinate activities around women’s reform. Encompassing nearly every major national women’s organization of its time, the Women’s Joint Congressional Committee (WJCC) evolved into a powerful lobbying force for the legislative agendas of more than twelve million women. Critics and supporters alike came to recognize it as “the most powerful lobby in Washington.”

Two Sisters for Social Justice: A Biography of Grace and Edith Abbott

by Lela B. Costin

During the first half of the twentieth century Grace Abbott (1878-1939) and her sister Edith (1876-1957) worked tirelessly to correct many of our nation’s most serious problems. In this vividly detailed and balanced biography, Lela B. Costin has given these two remarkable women their due.

Becoming Citizens: The Emergence and Development of the California Women’s Movement, 1880-1911

by Gayle Gullett

In 1880, Californians believed a woman safeguarded the Republic by maintaining a morally sound home. Scarcely forty years later, women in the state won full-fledged citizenship and voting rights by stepping outside the home to engage in robust activism. Gayle Gullett reveals how this enormous transformation came about and the ways women’s search for a larger public life led to a flourishing women’s movement in California. 

I Came a Stranger: The Story of a Hull-House Girl

by Hilda Satt Polacheck

Hilda Satt Polacheck’s family emigrated from Poland to Chicago in 1892, bringing their old-world Jewish traditions with them into the Industrial Age. Throughout her career as a writer and activist, Polacheck never forgot the immigrant neighborhoods, markets, and scents and sounds of Chicago’s West Side. In charming and colorful prose, Polacheck recounts her introduction to American life and the Hull-House community; her chance meeting with Jane Addams and their subsequent long friendship and working relationship; her marriage; her support of civil rights and women’s suffrage; her work with the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom; and her experiences as a writer for the Works Progress Administration.

Christian Sisterhood, Race Relations, and the YWCA, 1906-46

by Nancy Marie Robertson

As the major national biracial women’s organization, the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) provided a unique venue for black and white women to respond to American race relations during the first half of the twentieth century. Nancy Marie Robertson analyzes how women of both races employed different understandings of “Christian sisterhood” in their responses.

U.S. Women in Struggle: A *Feminist Studies* Anthology

Edited by Claire Goldberg Moses and Heidi Hartmann

This collection of essays from the pioneering journal Feminist Studies focuses on women engaged in struggles of many kinds over the course of United States history. From its inception, Feminist Studies and its contributors have linked scholarship to activism and made major contributions to the development of women’s history. U.S. Women in Struggle gathers a selection of the strongest pieces published in the journal from the mid-1970s to the mid-1990sa dynamic time in women’s history and activism.

Mobilizing Minerva: American Women in the First World War

by Kimberly Jensen

Mobilizing Minerva: American Women in the First World War analyzes the strategies of female physicians, nurses, and women-at-arms who linked military service with the opportunity to achieve professional and civic goals. Since women armed to defend the state during war could also protect themselves, Kimberly Jensen argues, Americans began to focus on women’s relationship to violenceboth its wielding against women and women’s uses of it.

Gender in Modernism: New Geographies, Complex Intersections

Edited and with an Introduction by Bonnie Kime Scott

The modernist works collected in this reader have been grouped into twenty-one thematic sections, with theoretical introductions to the primary texts provided by scholars who have taken the lead in pushing both modernism and gender in new directions. The selections enhance our understanding of the complex intersections of gender with a large array of social identifications, including global location, ideas of race, passing, the queering of sexualities, medicine, and experiences of trauma and war. The volume explores continental modernism and moves on to colonial and postcolonial sites.

Reverend Addie Wyatt: Faith and the Fight for Labor, Gender, and Racial Equality

by Marcia Walker-McWilliams

Labor leader, civil rights activist, outspoken feminist, African American clergywomanReverend Addie Wyatt stood at the confluence of many rivers of change in twentieth-century America. The first female president of a local chapter of the United Packinghouse Workers of America, Wyatt worked alongside Martin Luther King Jr. and Eleanor Roosevelt and appeared as one of Time magazine’s Women of the Year in 1975.

Hillary Clinton in the News: Gender and Authenticity in American Politics

by Shawn J. Parry-Giles

The charge of inauthenticity has trailed Hillary Clinton from the moment she entered the national spotlight and stood in front of television cameras. Hillary Clinton in the News: Gender and Authenticity in American Politics shows how the U.S. media created their own news frames of Clinton’s political authenticity and image-making, from her participation in Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign through her own 2008 presidential bid.

Women for President: Media Bias in Nine Campaigns

by Erika Falk

Newly updated to examine Hillary Clinton’s formidable 2008 presidential campaign, Women for President analyzes the gender bias the media has demonstrated in covering women candidates since the first woman ran for America’s highest office in 1872. Tracing the campaigns of nine women who ran for president through 2008Victoria Woodhull, Belva Lockwood, Margaret Chase Smith, Shirley Chisholm, Patricia Schroeder, Lenora Fulani, Elizabeth Dole, Carol Moseley Braun, and Hillary ClintonErika Falk finds little progress in the fair treatment of women candidates. This thorough comparison of men’s and women’s campaigns reveals a worrisome trend of sexism in press coveragea trend that still persists today.

Bradbury Birthday Bundle Sale

Happy 100th birthday, Ray Bradbury! The Press is excited to announce that today, on the Bradbury Centennial, we are releasing the final addition to Jonathon Eller’s Ray Bradbury trilogy, Bradbury Beyond Apollo. Drawing on numerous interviews with Bradbury and privileged access to personal papers and private collections, Eller, the director of the Bradbury Center, uses this final installment to examine the often-overlooked second half of Bradbury’s working life.

This comprehensive trilogy began in 2011 with Becoming Ray Bradbury, which chronicles the making of an iconic American writer by exploring Bradbury’s childhood and early years of his long life in fiction, film, television, radio, and theater.

The second title, Ray Bradbury Unbound, was released in 2014 and follows the beloved writer’s evolution from a short story master to a multimedia creative force and outspoken visionary. 

For a limited time, Eller’s must-read trilogy is on sale! Use code EllerE to purchase all 3 e-books for only $25. Use code EllerC to purchase the 3 cloth editions for only $70 + free shipping.

To qualify for these limited-time sale prices, purchase all three books from today until the 28th.

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virtual exhibit

Welcome to the 2020 University of Illinois Press Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) Virtual Exhibit! While we wish this could be an in-person event, we’re still excited to show you our Asian American scholarship collection. Enjoy books, journal articles, author interviews, and more in this virtual exhibit! Also, make sure to use promo code AAAS20 for 50% off Asian American studies books on the UIP website from August 10th to the 14th.

Recent and Forthcoming Books

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Discover All UIP Asian American Studies Titles

To commemorate this virtual exhibit, all UIP Asian American studies books will be 50% off with the code AAAS20 from August 10th to the 14th. You can find a comprehensive list of these titles here.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at the Press

In May, the Press celebrated Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and shared several notable Asian American titles on the UIP blog.

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To find out more about these featured titles and other Asian Pacific American scholarship, read the full blog post here.

UIP Journals Featuring Asian American Studies Scholarship

The Journal of American Ethnic History (JAEH) addresses various aspects of North American immigration history and American ethnic history.
Women, Gender, and Families of Color is a multidisciplinary journal that centers on the study of Black, Latina, Indigenous, and Asian American women, gender, and families.

Further Reading from Our Authors, Editors, and More

Welcome to UIP’s 2020 AEJMC virtual exhibit! Now more than ever, we rely on journalism and mass communication to learn about what’s happening in the world on both a regional and international scale. Take a look at some of our new and upcoming books and learn about our featured award winners, essential titles on the Black press, free exam copies, and interviews and articles featuring our authors! Don’t forget to use promo code AEJMC20 to get 40% off all communications and information books on our website. Sale runs August 4-10, so don’t miss out!

Award Winners

We want to congratulate:

Linda Steiner, recipient of the AEJMC 2020 Eleanor Blum Distinguished Service to Research Award and co-editor of Front Pages, Front Lines

Andrea Wenzel, recipient of the AEJMC 2020 Gene Burd Award for Research in Urban Journalism Studies and author of Community Centered Journalism

Essential Titles on the Black Press

Interested in learning about the significance of the Black press in shaping our media consumption? Click here to see our list of essential titles on the history and impact of the Black press in the United States!

Free Ebook Exam Copies

We are offering free ebook examination copies of the following titles:

To get your free copy, be one of the first 10 instructors per title to email Ami Reitmeier at with the following information:

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New Books

Interviews and External Links

Through their unique and often challenging life experiences, the women showcased in this roundup have shaped various musical genres during their time and generations to come. From performance, to music education and beyond, these women’s works present philosophy and calls for cultural change that surpass the notes on the page.

Unlikely Angel: The Songs of Dolly Parton

By Lydia R. Hamessley

Lydia R. Hamessley’s expert analysis and Dolly Parton’s characteristically straightforward input inform this comprehensive look at the process, influences, and themes that have shaped the superstar’s songwriting artistry. Parton’s compositions like “I Will Always Love You” and “Jolene” have become American standards with an impact far beyond country music. Check out our Dolly Parton playlist featuring the songs discussed in the book on Spotify!

October 2020

“Marian Anderson’s 1953 Concert Tour of Japan: A Transnational History”

By Katie A. Callam, Makiko Kimoto, Misako Ohta, and Carol J. Oja

On April 27, 1953, one year after Japan regained its sovereignty following the postwar Allied occupation, the famed African American singer Marian Anderson arrived in Tokyo for a concert tour. Exploring this moment of cultural exchange, this article contextualizes Anderson’s presence as an icon of civil rights and a symbol of westernization resulting from Japan’s Allied occupation.

Always The Queen: The Denise LaSalle Story

By Denise LaSalle with David Whiteis

Denise LaSalle’s journey took her from rural Mississippi to an unquestioned reign as the queen of soul-blues. As honest and no-nonsense as the artist herself, Always the Queen is LaSalle’s in-her-own-words story of a lifetime in music. She reinvented herself as a soul-blues artist as tastes changed and became a headliner on the revitalized southern soul circuit and at festivals nationwide and overseas. Check out a playlist of Denise LaSalle’s top songs curated by David Whiteis on Spotify.

“Mary Lou Williams as Apology: Jazz, History, and Institutional Sexism in the Twenty-First Century”

By Kimberly Hannon Teal

Mary Lou Williams was considered a key player in the history of women jazz musicians. Teal examines Williams not as a person and musician grounded in the realities of her own time, but as a “culture hero” in order to dissect the sexism that is still present in jazz culture today.

The Lady Swings: Memoirs of A Jazz Drummer

By Dottie Dodgion and Wayne Enstice

Undeterred by hardships, Dottie Dodgion defied the odds and earned a seat as a woman in the exclusive men’s club of jazz. Her dues-paying path as a musician took her from early work with Charles Mingus to being hired by Benny Goodman at Basin Street East on her first day in New York. Vivid and always entertaining, The Lady Swings tells Dottie Dodgion’s story with the same verve and straight-ahead honesty that powered her playing.

March 2021

“Indivisible: The Nation and Its Anthem in Black Musical Performance”

By Shana L. Redmond

Just before the 2008 Democratic National Convention, jazz artist René Marie was chosen to sing at the Denver, Colorado annual State of the City address. However, as she was singing the “Star Spangled Banner,” Marie borrowed lyrics from the Negro National Anthem
“Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing.” This article explores the performance’s impact and its messages on race and patriotism at the dawning of a “postracial” America.

Soul on Soul: The Life and Music of Mary Lou Williams

By Tammy L. Kernodle

The jazz musician-composer-arranger Mary Lou Williams spent her sixty-year career working in—and stretching beyond—a dizzying range of musical styles. Her integration of classical music into her works helped expand jazz’s compositional language. Tammy L. Kernodle details Williams’s life in music against the backdrop of controversies over women’s place in jazz and bitter arguments over the music’s evolution.

October 2020

“Elma Lewis, Her School of Fine Arts, and Her Vision of Arts Education as Cultural Emancipation”

By Sonya White Hope

Hope discusses music educator Elma Lewis’s philosophy through critical race theory, illuminating key relationships between effective arts education for Black students and contemporary music education practice.

The Heart of A Woman: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price

By Rae Linda Brown and with a forward by Guthrie P. Ramsey Jr.

The Heart of a Woman offers the first-ever biography of Florence B. Price, a composer whose career spanned both the Harlem and Chicago Renaissances, and the first African American woman to gain national recognition for her works. Through interviews and a wealth of material from public and private archives, Rae Linda Brown illuminates Price’s major works while exploring the considerable depth of her achievement.

“Breaking Silence, Breaching Censorship: ‘Ongoing Interculturality’ in Alice Shields’s Electronic Opera Apocalypse

By Danielle Sofer

Enraged by “bigoted puritanism,” Alice Shields wrote Apocalypse, an electronic opera that sought to criticize mainstream 1990’s conservatism. Sofer show how Apocalypse addresses sexual censorship through music, text, and choreography to envision a world for which sex is not stigmatized but instead exists as a productive and inseparable aspect of culture and music.

Hillbilly Maidens, Okies, and Cowgirls: Women’s Country Music 1930-1980

By Stephanie Vander Wel

Stephanie Vander Wel looks at the careers of artists like Patsy Montana, Rose Maddox, and Kitty Wells against the backdrop of country music’s golden age. While classic songs and heartfelt performances might ease anxieties, the subject matter underlined women’s ambivalent relationships to industrialism, middle-class security, and established notions of femininity. Check out a playlist of songs curated by the author on Spotify below!

“Street Queens: New Orleans Brass Bands and the Problem of Intersectionality”

By Kyle DeCoste

The members of the all-female Original Pinettes Brass Band contest the male domination of the New Orleans brass band scene. Playing music on male-gendered instruments, they queer the normative relationship between instruments and musicians and carve out a space for female musicianship. This essay deconstructs their songs and performance decisions as agential and subjective sites of black feminist thought put into action to subvert the brass band patriarchy.

Chen Yi

By Leta E. Miller and J. Michele Edwards

Chen Yi is the most prominent woman among the renowned group of new wave composers who came to the US from mainland China in the early 1980s. Yi is known for her creative output and a distinctive merging of Chinese and Western influences. Leta E. Miller and J. Michele Edwards highlight Chen’s compositional strategies, her artistic elaborations, and the voice that links her earliest and most recent music.

December 2020

“This Ain’t a Hate Thing: Jeanne Lee and the Subversion of the Jazz Standard”

By Eric Lewis

Jazz standards with lyrics, written overwhelmingly by men, often reveal male constructions of female identity, even if sometimes seemingly from the narrative position of a woman. As a Black woman, Jeanne Lee sought to subvert these standards.

Peggy Seeger: A Life of Music, Love and Politics

By Jean R. Freedman

Jean R. Freedman draws on a wealth of research and conversations with Peggy Seeger to tell the life story of one of music’s most charismatic performers and tireless advocates. Here is the story of Seeger’s multifaceted career, from her youth to her pivotal role in the American and British folk revivals, from her instrumental virtuosity to her tireless work on behalf of environmental and feminist causes, from wry reflections on the U.K. folk scene to decades as a songwriter.

“Reciting Parsifal: Opera as Spoken-Word Performance in America”

By Marian Wilson Kimber

Spoken-word performances brought previously inaccessible operas from the theater to the parlor rooms of the late 20th century. As a practice largely dominated by women, elocution served to educate audiences about operatic works and promoting opera in general. See also her book The Elocutionists.

Peggy Glanville-Hicks: Composer and Critic

By Suzanne Robinson

As both composer and critic, Peggy Glanville-Hicks contributed to the astonishing cultural ferment of the mid-twentieth century. She forged alliances with power brokers and artists that gained her entrance to core American cultural entities such as the League of Composers, New York Herald Tribune, and the Harkness Ballet. The seventy musical works she composed ranged from celebrated operas like Nausicaa to intimate, jewel-like compositions created for friends.

Libby Larsen: Composing an American Life

by Denise Von Glahn

Libby Larsen has composed award-winning music performed around the world. At the same time, she has advocated for living composers and new music since cofounding the American Composers Forum in 1973.In considering Larsen’s musical impact, Denise Von Glahn delves into how elements of the personal—a 1950s childhood, spiritual seeking, love of nature, and status as an “important woman artist”—inform her work.

Fannie Bloomfield-Zeisler: The Life and Times of a Piano Virtuoso

by Beth Abelson Macleod

In this new biography, Beth Abelson Macleod reintroduces a figure long, and unjustly, overlooked by music history. Fannie Bloomfield- Zeisler’s powerful and sensitive performances, both in recital and with major orchestras, won her followers across the United States and Europe and often provided her American audiences with their first exposure to the pieces she played.

From Spirituals to Symphonies: African American Women Composers and Their Music

by Helen Walker-Hill

Helen Walker-Hill’s unique study provides a carefully researched examination of the history and scope of musical composition by eight African-American women composers from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. From Spirituals to Symphonies focuses on the effect of race, gender, and class, and notes the important role played by individual personalities and circumstances in shaping this under-appreciated category of American art.

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free e-book

August’s free e-book is here! To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, we are giving away copies of 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage. Compiled by Dawn Durante, this anthology includes essential scholarship on the women’s suffrage movement and women’s voting previously published by the University of Illinois Press.

With an original introduction by Nancy A. Hewitt, the volume illuminates the lives and work of key figures while uncovering the endeavors of all women—across lines of gender, race, class, religion, and ethnicity—to gain, and use, the vote. Beginning with works that focus on cultural and political suffrage battles, the chapters then look past 1920 at how women won, wielded, and continue to fight for access to the ballot.

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Daniel Nasset with UIP author Cáel M. Keegan

We are delighted to announce that Daniel Nasset is the new editor-in-chief at the University of Illinois Press. Danny came to Illinois as an assistant acquisitions editor in 2009, becoming an acquisitions editor in 2011 and a senior acquisitions editor in 2016. Danny has distinguished himself with his acquisitions in in history, sports, American studies, communication and media studies, and Chicago politics.

Nasset says “I feel truly lucky to have grown at a press like Illinois. I love the long history and commitments of our publishing program; our lists engage with issues of critical importance. My luck also extends to the talented collection of colleagues that served as mentors and teachers; if not retired, almost all of them are now editorial directors or directors making waves in the AUP community. Looking ahead, I am excited by the prospect of sharing what I learned with a new generation of editors as we chart the future of the books program at Illinois.”

Please join us in welcoming him to this new role!