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Historic Firsts: How Symbolic Empowerment Changes U.S. Politics

Evelyn M. Simien
November 02 2015

The 2008 presidential election made American history. Yet before Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, there were other “historic firsts”: Shirley Chisholm, who ran for president in 1972, and Jesse Jackson, who ran in 1984 and 1988. While unsuccessful, these campaigns were significant, as they rallied American voters across various racial, ethnic, and gender groups Continued


Trpngust in Black America: Race, Discrimination, Politics

Shayla Nunnally
Published on February 1, 2012
NYU Press 296 pages February, 2012 ISBN: 9780814758663

The more citizens trust their government, the better democracy functions. However, African Americans have long suffered from the lack of equal protection by their government, and the racial discrimination they have faced breaks Continued »



Gender and Lynching: The Politics of Memory

Evelyn Simien
Published on November 22, 2011
Palgrave Macmillan; 1 edition Palgrave Macmillan, October 2011
ISBN: 978-0-230-11270-4, ISBN 10: 0-230-11270-6, 5.500 x 8.250 inches, 198 pages

Where much of the scholarship on lynching and its victims has focused on African American men, Gender and Continued »



Opting Out: Losing the Potential of America’s Young Black Elite

Maya Beasley University Of Chicago Press
Published on November 1
2011 240 pages | 8 line drawings, 1 table | 6 x 9 | © 2011

Why has the large income gap between blacks and whites persisted for decades after the passage of civil rights legislation? Continued »



Black Political Activism and the Cuban Republic (Envisioning Cuba)

Melina Pappademos
Published on August 15, 2011
The University of North Carolina Press
336 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 12 illus., notes, bibl., index.
ISBN 978-0-8078-3490-9

While it was not until 1871 that slavery in Cuba was finally abolished, African-descended people had high hopes for legal, social, and Continued »