352 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-4339-7
Published: October 2018
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-4338-0
Published: October 2018
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-4340-3
Published: September 2018
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Awards & distinctions
Honorable Mention, 2019 Pauli Murray Book Prize, African American Intellectual History Society
This history departs from standard narratives of black protest, black men, and the black press by positioning newspapers at the intersections of gender, ideology, race, class, identity, urbanization, the public sphere, and black institutional life. Shedding crucial new light on the deep roots of African Americans' mobilizations around issues of rights and racial justice during the twentieth century, Let Us Make Men reveals the critical, complex role black male publishers played in grounding those issues in a quest to redeem black manhood.
About the Author
D'Weston Haywood is Associate Professor of History at Hunter College, City University of New York.
For more information about D'Weston Haywood, visit the Author Page.
"For readers interested in the history of the black freedom struggle, this work delivers an alternative and important view of the actors involved in producing the black press."--Library Journal, Starred Review
“Clearly articulates how gender indelibly shapes racial justice and the Black Press’ historical role in advancing it. Readers will benefit from Haywood’s careful deconstructions of the complex, and at times, competing “manly visions” offered by Black newspapermen.”--Black Perspectives
“Covers new ground on the twentieth-century African American struggle for civil rights to make important, well-crafted points about gender, race, and the media.”--Annals of Iowa
“This compelling exploration of the black press . . . leads the reader through the twentieth-century heyday of African American newspaper publishing . . . to deliver a ‘gendered reinterpretation of the black press and the black freedom struggle.’”--Journal of American Ethnic History
“Haywood’s illuminating study. . . . Opens up the African American freedom struggle to more fine-grained analysis. Let Us Make Men shows how newspaper editors’ conceptions of uplift and masculinity, race and resistance, changed depending on calculations of strategy, audience, and historical context. It further highlights the interplay between mainstream and dissident voices in the black press itself—a dynamic informed not only by gender ideology but also by the politics of class, social movement, and generational cohort.”--Reception
"A compelling account of the gendered discourse of the black press in the twentieth century. This work is essential for those wishing to understand the information economy, public discourse, and the ways men fashioned themselves and a larger quest for black citizenship and liberation."--Quincy T. Mills, author of Cutting Along the Color Line: Black Barbers and Barber Shops in America