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10 Books for Black History Month

February is Black History Month! It’s a time, as President Ford put it, to “honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” Here are ten books to check out this month, each of which contributes to a fuller articulation of African American

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Imagining Black America

To begin with, some basic biology. Human beings share fully 99.5 percent of our DNA. In other words, the individual difference between us – in height and weight, in skin color, in hair texture – are shaped by a mere 0.5 percent of our genetic material. This is how Michael

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Abolitionism, Yellow Fever, and the Legacy of Slavery: Excerpt from Ship of Death

In 1792, the Hankey left Britain full of abolitionists who hoped to establish a colony free of slavery in West Africa. Botched negotiations with local tribes and the failure of the colony sent the Hankey on a trip around the Atlantic with a terrible infestation of Yellow Fever. Billy Smith

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February Theme: Backlist History

Rereading books is a special kind of pleasure. The books that we revisit over the years provide us with markers of how much we have changed since the last time we perused those pages. This month the Yale Press Log would like to take a break from the rush of

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Barbara Ransby on the Melissa Harris-Perry Show

Last week, Yale University Press author Barbara Ransby appeared on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry show to discuss her new book, Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson. The interview discusses Essie’s many humanitarian and intellectual pursuits— as a writer, chemist, academic, activist, celebrity and world traveler. When Harris-Perry

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Caribbean Art

When flipping through Caribbean: Art at the Crossroads, the reader will encounter Arnaldo Roche Rabell’s We Have to Dream in Blue. The image is arresting: a dark figure in jungle covering appears from the brush, watching with bright, blue eyes. Whether man or woman; European, African, or Caribbean indigent; the uncommonly

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February Theme: Black History

Every February in the United States is celebrated by honoring the past and current achievements of the African Diaspora and the history of African Americans in the shaping of a nation. Following her New York Times Book of the Year, Remember Me to Harlem: The Letters of Langston Hughes and

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Getting Negroes into the Major Leagues

It’s time to celebrate Black History Month, and even though the Super Bowl is still to come this weekend, already baseball fans are gearing up for Opening Day on March 31. Thinking back to Jackie Robinson’s entrance into the MLB with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, the league has come

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Carla L. Peterson on Black Gotham for NY Times Disunion series

An op-ed piece was posted to the New York Times’s “Opinionator” by Carla L. Peterson, whose book, Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City, will be published next month. As part of the Times’s Disunion series, following the Civil War as it unfolded as

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Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, we are proud to release a new paperback version of Erskine Clarke’s Dwelling Place, winner of the 2006 Bancroft Prize in American History. David Brion Davis of the American Historical Review calls it “one of the best and most important studies of American slavery

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