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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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The Quotations of Mayor Coleman A. Young

Edited by Bill McGraw

New edition of the popular pocket-sized collection of former Detroit mayor Coleman Young’s most memorable quotes.

Paperback
Published: May 2005
ISBN: 9780814332603
$7.99
eBOOK
Published: May 2005
ISBN: 9780814335741

Dreaming Suburbia

Detroit and the Production of Postwar Space and Culture

Amy Maria Kenyon

A multifaceted cultural study of suburbanization in the United States, and Detroit in particular, during the postwar suburban boom.

Paperback
Published: September 2004
ISBN: 9780814332283
$27.99
eBOOK
Published: September 2004
ISBN: 9780814339138

Caribbean Labor and Politics

Legacies of Cheddi Jagan and Michael Manley

Edited by Perry Mars & Alma H. Young

A pioneering collection of studies linking the political and labor backgrounds of two distinguished and dynamic leaders of the Caribbean and the Third World.

Paperback
Published: May 2004
ISBN: 9780814332115
$28.99

Churches and Urban Government in Detroit and New York, 1895-1994

Henry J. Pratt
Preface by Ronald Brown

This groundbreaking study analyzes the relationship between the two powerful forces—church organizations and urban politics—within New York City and Detroit during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Paperback
Published: February 2004
ISBN: 9780814331729
$28.99
eBOOK
Published: February 2004
ISBN: 9780814336687

Bobweaving Detroit

The Selected Poems of Murray Jackson

Edited with a postscript by Ted Pearson and Kathryne V. Lindberg

From a poet whose vision and vistas embrace Detroit's glass-strewn streets and soaring high-rises, this collection is universal yet site-specific in its evocation of jazz and its improvisations on the classics.

Paperback
Published: December 2003
ISBN: 9780814331941
$21.99
eBOOK
Published: December 2003
ISBN: 9780814339121

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
$24.99

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
$26.99
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
$34.99
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
$28.99
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
$24.99
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
$39.99
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
$21.99
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
$24.99
Hardback
Published: September 1999
ISBN: 9780814324530
$44.95

Ideology and Change

The Transformation of the Caribbean Left

Perry Mars

Leftist political movements, organizations, and trends in the English-speaking Caribbean.

Paperback
Published: December 1998
ISBN: 9780814327692
$25.99
eBOOK
Published: December 1998
ISBN: 9780814338513

"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
$31.99

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
$22.99

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
$28.99
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
$29.99

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
$26.99
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
$28.95

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