Magazine article The New Crisis


Magazine article The New Crisis


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Books from university presses are usually overlooked by most reviewers. Here are a few from university presses and other publishers that will be of special interest to Crisis readers.

From Random House's titles in AfricanAmerican studies comes Black on White, edited by David Roediger. Fifty AfricanAmerican writers from Frederick Douglass to bell hooks and Alice Walker explain what 'whiteness' means in America. Angela Davis explores Blues Legacies and Black Feminism through the songs and lives of Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday, arguing for a new understanding of the women and their music. David Shipler travels through A Country of Strangers - the United States - and explores the racial divide.

Two from the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Press by David Bositis - Redistricting and Minority Representation: Learning from the Past, Preparing for the Future and Black Elected Officials - A Statistical Summary, 1993-97 are necessary guides to understanding complex questions of race and representation.

From Louisiana State University Press come The Politics of Rage and From George Wallace to Newt Gingrich, both by Dan Carter, each an explanation of how Southern racist politics were exported to the entire nation.

The Suppression of the African Slave Trade by Crisis editor W. E. B. DuBois, first published in 1896, is still the standard work on this subject. In Race and History, noted historian Dr. John Hope Franklin explores the intersection of past and present American preoccupations.

The New Press offers Dismantling Desegregation: the Quiet Reversal of Brown v. Board of Education by Crisis contributor Dr. Gary Orfield and Susan Eaton. They explain how courts and opinion have revoked the school integration mandate and how it can be reclaimed. From Wayne State University Press come the 1962 classic Negroes with Guns by Robert Williams, telling the story of a beleaguered Southern community's decision to defend itself; Coleman Young and Detroit Politics by Wilbur C. Rich, detailing to election of the Motor City's first black mayor; Ron Walter's analysis of Afro-centric political movements in Pan Africanism in the African Diaspora; and African American Women Speak Out on Anita Hill - Clarence Thomas edited by Geneva Smitherman.

Markus Weiner Publishers offer two books on school desegregation by Mark Whitman - The Irony of Desegregation Law if Removing a Badge of Slavery - the Record of Brown v. Board of Education. Whitman analyses school cases in the first; he has edited the record of the NAACP's most famous case in the second volume.

University of Illinois Press offers Local People by John Dittmer, a richly detailed examination of the civil rights movement in Mississippi and the people who made it happen. …

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