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Association for the Study of African American Life and History Virtual Exhibit

Welcome to the UNC Press Virtual Exhibit for the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.



Since we can’t be together at the conference, we’re bringing our book exhibit to you.

From virtually anywhere, you can browse our list of new and recent titles, learn about our new books in our John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture, and more.


You can also chat with one of our acquiring editors:


The events of the past few months have brought new attention to subjects like police brutality, institutionalized racism, protests and activism, and more. These subjects are among the pillars of the UNC Press publishing program, and have cast new light on some of our newest books, and some of our classic bestselling titles.

Some of these books are highlighted in our Justice, Power, and Politics series.

You can also check out our full listing of new and classic books in African American Studies.

Free Justice

From Here to Equality

Policing Los Angeles

City of Inmates

We Are Not Slaves

Race for Profit

Chocolate City

Caging Borders and Carceral States

Black Food Geographies

Black Faces, White Spaces


All of our books (in fact, our entire site) are available now at our 40 percent ASALH conference discount. Plus if your order totals $75, domestic U.S. shipping is FREE! Just use promo code 01DAH40 at checkout.

Click here for our full list of books in African American Studies.

Follow the links at the left for information on submitting a book proposal, ordering desk or examination copies (even free digital exam copies), classroom permissions, disability resources, and more. We’ve even created a handy FAQ document, with answers to the most-asked questions we get at exhibit booths.

Click on any book below to learn more. And, using our View Inside feature, you can leaf through the pages for a preview of each new book, just as if you were standing at our booth. Check it out on each book page.


Titles on Display for ASALH

The First Reconstruction

The First Reconstruction

Black Politics in America from the Revolution to the Civil War

Van Gosse

Trouble of the World

Trouble of the World

Slavery and Empire in the Age of Capital

Zach Sell

The Scholar and the Struggle

The Scholar and the Struggle

Lawrence Reddick's Crusade for Black History and Black Power

David A. Varel

How the Streets Were Made

How the Streets Were Made

Housing Segregation and Black Life in America

Yelena Bailey

I Don't Like the Blues

I Don't Like the Blues

Race, Place, and the Backbeat of Black Life

B. Brian Foster

Unceasing Militant

Unceasing Militant

The Life of Mary Church Terrell

Alison M. Parker

Christian Citizens

Christian Citizens

Reading the Bible in Black and White in the Postemancipation South

Elizabeth L. Jemison

Race Characters

Race Characters

Ethnic Literature and the Figure of the American Dream

Swati Rana

Recasting the Vote

Recasting the Vote

How Women of Color Transformed the Suffrage Movement

Cathleen D. Cahill

Jumping the Broom

Jumping the Broom

The Surprising Multicultural Origins of a Black Wedding Ritual

Tyler D. Parry

Whose Blues?

Whose Blues?

Facing Up to Race and the Future of the Music

Adam Gussow

The Haitians

The Haitians

A Decolonial History

Jean Casimir, Laurent Dubois, Walter D. Mignolo

That Middle World

That Middle World

Race, Performance, and the Politics of Passing

Julia S. Charles

Blurring the Lines of Race and Freedom

Blurring the Lines of Race and Freedom

Mulattoes and Mixed Bloods in English Colonial America

A. B. Wilkinson

Fighting for Citizenship

Fighting for Citizenship

Black Northerners and the Debate over Military Service in the Civil War

Brian Taylor

To Make the Wounded Whole

To Make the Wounded Whole

The African American Struggle against HIV/AIDS

Dan Royles

Visualizing Equality

Visualizing Equality

African American Rights and Visual Culture in the Nineteenth Century

Aston Gonzalez

The Hamlet Fire

The Hamlet Fire

A Tragic Story of Cheap Food, Cheap Government, and Cheap Lives

Bryant Simon

An Intimate Economy

An Intimate Economy

Enslaved Women, Work, and America's Domestic Slave Trade

Alexandra J. Finley

Embattled Freedom

Embattled Freedom

Journeys through the Civil War’s Slave Refugee Camps

Amy Murrell Taylor

Blue Texas

Blue Texas

The Making of a Multiracial Democratic Coalition in the Civil Rights Era

Max Krochmal

Shelter in a Time of Storm

Shelter in a Time of Storm

How Black Colleges Fostered Generations of Leadership and Activism

Jelani M. Favors

Louis Austin and the Carolina Times

Louis Austin and the Carolina Times

A Life in the Long Black Freedom Struggle

Jerry Gershenhorn

Goat Castle

Goat Castle

A True Story of Murder, Race, and the Gothic South

Karen L. Cox

Black Firefighters and the FDNY

Black Firefighters and the FDNY

The Struggle for Jobs, Justice, and Equity in New York City

David Goldberg

Free the Land

Free the Land

The Republic of New Afrika and the Pursuit of a Black Nation-State

Edward Onaci

White Balance

White Balance

How Hollywood Shaped Colorblind Ideology and Undermined Civil Rights

Justin Gomer

Black Market

Black Market

The Slave's Value in National Culture after 1865

Aaron Carico

Uncontrollable Blackness

Uncontrollable Blackness

African American Men and Criminality in Jim Crow New York

Douglas J. Flowe

Between Remembrance and Repair

Between Remembrance and Repair

Commemorating Racial Violence in Philadelphia, Mississippi

Claire Whitlinger

The Essential Clarence Major

The Essential Clarence Major

Prose and Poetry

Clarence Major, Kia Corthron

Contagions of Empire

Contagions of Empire

Scientific Racism, Sexuality, and Black Military Workers Abroad, 1898–1948

Khary Oronde Polk

Aaron McDuffie Moore

Aaron McDuffie Moore

An African American Physician, Educator, and Founder of Durham's Black Wall Street

Blake Hill-Saya, G.K. Butterfield, C. Eileen Watts Welch

Pauli Murray

Pauli Murray

A Personal and Political Life

Troy R. Saxby

From Here to Equality

From Here to Equality

Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century

William A. Darity Jr., A. Kirsten Mullen

Soul Liberty

Soul Liberty

The Evolution of Black Religious Politics in Postemancipation Virginia

Nicole Myers Turner

Road Through Midnight

Road Through Midnight

A Civil Rights Memorial

Jessica Ingram

Lucean Arthur Headen

Lucean Arthur Headen

The Making of a Black Inventor and Entrepreneur

Jill D. Snider

Veil and Vow

Veil and Vow

Marriage Matters in Contemporary African American Culture

Aneeka Ayanna Henderson

Occupied Territory

Occupied Territory

Policing Black Chicago from Red Summer to Black Power

Simon Balto

In Love and Struggle

In Love and Struggle

The Revolutionary Lives of James and Grace Lee Boggs

Stephen M. Ward

Those Who Know Don't Say

Those Who Know Don't Say

The Nation of Islam, the Black Freedom Movement, and the Carceral State

Garrett Felber

We Are Not Slaves

We Are Not Slaves

State Violence, Coerced Labor, and Prisoners' Rights in Postwar America

Robert T. Chase

On the Freedom Side

On the Freedom Side

How Five Decades of Youth Activists Have Remixed American History

Wesley C. Hogan

Voices of the Enslaved

Voices of the Enslaved

Love, Labor, and Longing in French Louisiana

Sophie White

Freedom Roots

Freedom Roots

Histories from the Caribbean

Laurent Dubois, Richard Lee Turits

Standard-Bearers of Equality

Standard-Bearers of Equality

America’s First Abolition Movement

Paul J. Polgar

The Color of the Third Degree

The Color of the Third Degree

Racism, Police Torture, and Civil Rights in the American South, 1930–1955

Silvan Niedermeier, Paul Allen Cohen

Democracy’s Capital

Democracy’s Capital

Black Political Power in Washington, D.C., 1960s–1970s

Lauren Pearlman

Black Towns, Black Futures

Black Towns, Black Futures

The Enduring Allure of a Black Place in the American West

Karla Slocum

Black in Place

Black in Place

The Spatial Aesthetics of Race in a Post-Chocolate City

Brandi Thompson Summers

Race for Profit

Race for Profit

How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Blood, Sweat, and Tears

Blood, Sweat, and Tears

Jake Gaither, Florida A&M, and the History of Black College Football

Derrick E. White

You Can’t Eat Freedom

You Can’t Eat Freedom

Southerners and Social Justice after the Civil Rights Movement

Greta de Jong

Remaking Black Power

Remaking Black Power

How Black Women Transformed an Era

Ashley D. Farmer

The Legend of the Black Mecca

The Legend of the Black Mecca

Politics and Class in the Making of Modern Atlanta

Maurice J. Hobson

Unjust Deeds

Unjust Deeds

The Restrictive Covenant Cases and the Making of the Civil Rights Movement

Jeffrey D. Gonda

Caging Borders and Carceral States

Caging Borders and Carceral States

Incarcerations, Immigration Detentions, and Resistance

Robert T. Chase

Poll Power

Poll Power

The Voter Education Project and the Movement for the Ballot in the American South

Evan Faulkenbury

Black Food Geographies

Black Food Geographies

Race, Self-Reliance, and Food Access in Washington, D.C.

Ashanté M. Reese

Department Stores and the Black Freedom Movement

Department Stores and the Black Freedom Movement

Workers, Consumers, and Civil Rights from the 1930s to the 1980s

Traci Parker

Slave No More

Slave No More

Self-Liberation before Abolitionism in the Americas

Aline Helg, Lara Vergnaud

An Anthropology of Marxism

An Anthropology of Marxism

Cedric J. Robinson, H. L. T. Quan, Avery F. Gordon

Integration Now

Integration Now

Alexander v. Holmes and the End of Jim Crow Education

William P. Hustwit

No Mercy Here

No Mercy Here

Gender, Punishment, and the Making of Jim Crow Modernity

Sarah Haley

Ku-Klux

Ku-Klux

The Birth of the Klan during Reconstruction

Elaine Frantz Parsons

On Freedom and the Will to Adorn

On Freedom and the Will to Adorn

The Art of the African American Essay

Cheryl A. Wall

The Terms of Order

The Terms of Order

Political Science and the Myth of Leadership

Cedric J. Robinson, Erica R. Edwards

Forgeries of Memory and Meaning

Forgeries of Memory and Meaning

Blacks and the Regimes of Race in American Theater and Film before World War II

Cedric J. Robinson

Black Marxism

Black Marxism

The Making of the Black Radical Tradition

Cedric J. Robinson