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African American Life Series

Series Editor: Melba Joyce Boyd, Wayne State University
The African American Life Series publishes scholarship representative of the historical, social, cultural, and economic experiences of African Americans. Because Wayne State University Press is located in Detroit, the series has a particular interest in topics related to urban life and culture.

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White Nationalism, Black Interests

Conservative Public Policy and the Black Community

Ronald W. Walters

A study of the most racially conscious aspect of the Conservative movement and its impact on politics and current public policy.

Paperback
Published: August 2003
ISBN: 9780814330203

What Mama Said

An Epic Drama

Osonye Tess Onwueme

An explosive political drama projecting an African people’s revolutionary struggle to confront government forces and foreign oil corporations that have ravaged their land and strangled the voices of their mothers and daughters.

Paperback
Published: June 2003
ISBN: 9780814331415
eBOOK
Published: June 2003
ISBN: 9780814336786

Liberation Memories

The Rhetoric and Poetics of John Oliver Killens

Keith Gilyard

This first book-length study of John Oliver Killens aims to help secure his place in literary history and explores his creation of an inspiring Black vernacular art—one that ennobles people of African descent and urges their political liberation.

Hardback
Published: April 2003
ISBN: 9780814330579
eBOOK
Published: April 2003
ISBN: 9780814339107

Looking Within/Mirar adentro

Selected Poems/Poemas escogidos, 1954-2000

Nancy Morejón
Edited and with an Introduction by Juanamaria Cordones-Cook

A bilingual edition of poetry from an important Cuban poet.

Paperback
Published: December 2002
ISBN: 9780814330388
Hardback
Published: December 2002
ISBN: 9780814330371
$42.95

What the Wine-Sellers Buy Plus Three

Four Plays by Ron Milner

Foreword by Amiri Baraka
Introduction by Woodie King Jr.

The four Milner plays collected here —Checkmates, What the Wine-Sellers Buy, Jazz-Set, and Urban Transition —are characterized by their attention to African American social and psychological culture.

Paperback
Published: May 2001
ISBN: 9780814329290
Hardback
Published: May 2001
ISBN: 9780814329771
$37.95

The Concept of Self

A Study of Black Identity and Self-Esteem

Richard L. Allen

The Concept of Self examines the historical basis for the widely misunderstood ideas of how African Americans think of themselves individually, and how they relate to being part of a group that has been subjected to challenges of their very humanity.

Hardback
Published: April 2001
ISBN: 9780814328989
eBOOK
Published: April 2001
ISBN: 9780814338315

The Politics of Black Empowerment

The Transformation of Black Activism in Urban America

James Jennings

The Politics of Black Empowerment uses the experiences of grassroots activists to develop various conceptualizations and explanations of Black political behavior today.

Paperback
Published: August 2000
ISBN: 9780814323182
Hardback
Published: August 2000
ISBN: 9780814323175
$34.95
eBOOK
Published: August 2000
ISBN: 9780814336618

Race and Ideology

Language, Symbolism, and Popular Culture

Edited by Arthur K. Spears

Race and Ideology proposes an understanding of racism as a divide-and-conquer mechanism.

Paperback
Published: September 1999
ISBN: 9780814324547
Hardback
Published: September 1999
ISBN: 9780814324530
$44.95

"Winds Can Wake Up the Dead"

An Eric Walrond Reader

Edited by Louis J. Parascandola

A new anthology of works by a major writer from the New Negro Movement.

Paperback
Published: December 1998
ISBN: 9780814327098

Negroes with Guns

Robert F. Williams
Foreword by Gloria House
Introduction by Timothy B. Tyson

A southern black community’s struggle to defend itself against racist groups.

Paperback
Published: June 1998
ISBN: 9780814327142

Walkin' Over Medicine

Loudell F. Snow

A cultural look at the traditional health beliefs and practices of African Americans.

Paperback
Published: February 1998
ISBN: 9780814327579
eBOOK
Published: February 1998
ISBN: 9780814337615

Pan Africanism in the African Diaspora

An Analysis of Modern Afrocentric Political Movements

Ronald W. Walters

Based on original materials gathered from extensive international travel, hundreds of interviews and empirical field research, and text studies Pan-African organizations and their political activities inside black communities.

Paperback
Published: May 1997
ISBN: 9780814321850

Tell It to Women

An Epic Drama for Women

Osonye Tess Onwueme
Foreword by Ngugi wa Thiong’o

Tell It To Women gives traditional rural women a voice: the women from Idu break from their assumed position of silence and powerlessness to confront the urban women who believe their western education gives them the authority to speak for all women.

Paperback
Published: March 1997
ISBN: 9780814326497
eBOOK
Published: March 1997
ISBN: 9780814336779

A History of the African American People

The History, Traditions, and Culture of African Americans

Edited by James Oliver Horton and Lois E. Horton

An illustrated collection of essays on the history of African Americans.

Paperback
Published: February 1997
ISBN: 9780814326978

Let's Flip the Script

An African American Discourse on Language, Literature, and Learning

Keith Gilyard

An inspiring collection of personal essays about education, literacy, and freedom.

eBOOK
Published: October 1996
ISBN: 9780814336793

Lost Plays of the Harlem Renaissance, 1920-1940

Edited by James V. Hatch and Leo Hamalian

A valuable contribution to African American literary and theatrical scholarship, this volume is a compilation of sixteen plays written during the Harlem Renaissance, brought together for the first time and set in a historical context.

Paperback
Published: October 1996
ISBN: 9780814325803
eBOOK
Published: October 1996
ISBN: 9780814338339

Discarded Legacy

Politics and Poetics in the Life of Frances E. W. Harper, 1825-1911

By Melba Joyce Boyd

In this important study, poet Melba Joyce Boyd analyzes Harper not simply as a feminist and an activist, but as a writer.

Paperback
Published: June 1994
ISBN: 9780814324899

Untold Tales, Unsung Heroes

An Oral History of Detroit's African American Community, 1918-1967

Elaine Latzman Moon
The Detroit Urban League, Inc.

More than one hundred individuals who lived in Detroit at some time during the period from 1918 to 1967 share stories about everyday life.

Paperback
Published: December 1993
ISBN: 9780814324653
eBOOK
Published: December 1993
ISBN: 9780814338490

Three Plays

The Broken Calabash, Parables for a Season, and The Reighn of Wazobia

Tess Akaeke Onwueme

This anthology of plays allows a glimpse into the lives of the people of Onwueme’s native Nigeria and reveals the range and beauty of Nigerian culture.

Paperback
Published: September 1993
ISBN: 9780814324455

The Roots of African American Drama

An Anthology of Early Plays, 1858-1938

Edited by Leo Hamalian and James V. Hatch
Foreword by George C. Wolfe

This volume rescues from obscurity thirteen plays by early African American writers.

Paperback
Published: April 1992
ISBN: 9780814321423
eBOOK
Published: April 1992
ISBN: 9780814338476

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