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Check out these new UC Press titles, and learn more about the history of African-Americans even after February is over.
Winner of the 2016 R.R. Hawkins Award of the 2016 PROSE Awards
In this groundbreaking book, Aldon D. Morris’s ambition is truly monumental: to help rewrite the history of sociology and to acknowledge the primacy of W. E. B. Du Bois’s work in the founding of the discipline. (Giveaway begins on February 17th and ends on March 17th.)
Letters from Langston: From the Harlem Renaissance to the Red Scare and Beyond edited by Evelyn Louise Crawford, MaryLouise Patterson, and Robin D.G. Kelley
Accessible, personal, and inspirational, Hughes’s poems portray the African American community in struggle in the context of a turbulent modern United States and a rising black freedom movement. This indispensable volume of letters between Hughes and four leftist confidants sheds vivid light on his life and politics. (Giveaway ends on February 18th.)
Stealing the Show is a study of African American actors in Hollywood during the 1930s, a decade that saw the consolidation of stardom as a potent cultural and industrial force. Petty focuses on five performers whose Hollywood film careers flourished during this period to reveal the “problematic stardom” and the enduring, interdependent patterns of performance and spectatorship for performers and audiences of color. (Giveaway begins on February 17th and ends on March 17th.)
Procession: The Art of Norman Lewis by Ruth Fine
This beautifully illustrated catalogue accompanies the first major museum retrospective of the painter Norman Lewis (1909–1979). Lewis was the sole African American artist of his generation who became committed to issues of abstraction at the start of his career and continued to explore them over its entire trajectory. This is a milestone in Lewis scholarship and a vital resource for future study of the artist and abstraction in his period.
Gabbard sets aside the myth-making and convincingly argues that Charles Mingus created a unique language of emotions—and not just in music. Capturing many essential moments in jazz history anew, Better Git It in Your Soul will fascinate anyone who cares about jazz, African American history, and the artist’s life.