America, Goddam  is a powerful account of violence against Black women and girls in the United States and their fight for liberation. Combining history, theory, and memoir, Treva Lindsey renders visible the gender dynamics of anti-Black violence. Black women and girls occupy a unique status of vulnerability to harm and death, while the circumstances and traumas of this violence go underreported and understudied. Lindsey also shows that the sanctity of life and liberty for Black men has been a galvanizing rallying cry within Black freedom movements. But Black women—who have been both victims of anti-Black violence as well as frontline participants in it, and quite often architects of these freedom movements—are rarely the focus. Black women have led movements demanding justice for Breonna Taylor, Sandra Bland, Toyin Salau, Riah Milton, Aiyana Stanley-Jones, and countless other Black women and girls whose lives have been curtailed by numerous forms of violence. Across generations and centuries, their refusal to remain silent about violence against them led many to envisioning and building toward Black liberation through organizing and radical politics. Echoing the energy of Nina Simone’s searing protest song that inspired the title, America, Goddam is a call to action in our collective journey toward just futures.

Treva B. Lindsey is a Black feminist historian and is currently a professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University. She is the author of the Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2017 Colored No More: Reinventing Black Womanhood in Washington D.C. Lindsey is the recipient of several awards and fellowships including the inaugural University of Missouri Faculty Achievement in Diversity Award and the inaugural Equity for Women and Girls of Color Fellowship at Harvard University.  She has written for outlets such as The Washington Post, Time, NBC News, Bustle, BET, Complex, Vox, The Root, Huffington Post, PopSugar, Teen Vogue, The Grio, and Cosmopolitan, and has been a featured expert on MSNBC, Al Jazeera, BET, Black News Channel, PBS, NPR, and CNN.

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