More reading on Black History
Roderick Bush, PhD '92, is the author of The End of White World Supremacy: Black Internationalism and the Problem of the Color Line (Temple University Press). The book discusses the integration of Blacks into White America from multiple perspectives. Bush places himself within a tradition of African-American activism going back to W.E.B. Du Bois. He communicates between world systems analysis and radical Black social movement history, sustaining the dialogue throughout his work. Bush is an associate professor of sociology and anthropology at St. John's University in New York.
Ronald E. Butchart, PhD '76, wrote Schooling the Freed People: Teaching, Learning, and the Struggle for Black Freedom 1861–1876 (University of North Carolina Press). After combing archives and compiling a database of more than 11,600 people who taught in southern Black schools, Butchart reaches the following conclusions: one-third of the teachers were African-Americans; Black teachers taught longer than White counterparts; half of the teachers were Southerners; and even the Northern teachers were more diverse than previously imagined. Butchart is professor of history and education and affiliate faculty in the Institute for African-American Studies at the University of Georgia.
William G. Martin, MA '78, PhD '85, is co-editor of From Toussaint to Tupac: The Black International since the Age of Revolution (University of North Carolina Press). This collection of essays explores black internationalism - the struggle against oppression, whether manifested in slavery, colonialism or racism. Contributors focus on the American and Haitian revolutions, the Garvey movement and the Communist International following World War I, and the Black Power movement of the late 20th century. Martin is a professor of sociology at Binghamton University.
John Ernest '78 wrote Liberation Historiography: African-American Writers and the Challenge of History, 1794-1861 (University of North Carolina Press). As white historians wrote U.S. history, early 19th-century African-American writers pieced together a counter-history: an approach to history that would represent the means for the liberation of the oppressed. Ernest demonstrates that African-Americans created a body of writing that served as historical recovery and historical intervention. He is Eberly Family Distinguished Professor of American Literature at West Virginia University.
Napoleon Wells '02 published A Field Negroes Handbook (iUniverse), which looks at manhood, fidelity, responsibility and survival within the African-American community. Written in prose, poetry and essay, the book is a journey on a winding road where hard questions are posed, difficult observations are made and answers are offered.