Sacraments of Memory

“An excellent model of the research and critical analyses that ought to inform future scholarship in African American literature and culture.”—Jerry W. Ward Jr., coeditor of The Cambridge History of African American Literature   “Brilliant and insightful. Fills a gap in the study of African American literature and religion, which has traditionally assumed a Protestant theological … Continue reading Sacraments of Memory

New Edition: Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley

Florida Historical Society Charlton Tebeau Award   "A fascinating look at an extraordinary woman and the complexities of slavery beyond the common image of slavery in the South."—Booklist "Remarkable. . . . Put[s] a voice and face to slavery in Florida during Spanish and American rule."—American Historical Review "An absorbing account of Anna Madgigine Jai … Continue reading New Edition: Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley

New Directions in the Study of African American Recolonization

“Never has the story of American African colonization been so thoroughly explored.”—Violet Showers Johnson, coauthor of African & American: West Africans in Post–Civil Rights America “Succeeds admirably in putting us back in touch with the diverse sources of support for the American Colonization Society. We learn much about the complex nature of human motivations and about … Continue reading New Directions in the Study of African American Recolonization

Precarious Passages

“Makes a compelling case for a rethinking of narrative moments including slavery, the Middle Passage, and colonization that have defined the fiction produced in a transatlantic geography. Provokes a reassessment of notions of Africa as an ur-home and figurations of nation-state. A must-read.”—Maxine Lavon Montgomery, author of The Fiction of Gloria Naylor: Houses and Spaces … Continue reading Precarious Passages

The Denmark Vesey Affair

Read TIME magazine's review of The Denmark Vesey Affair . “Brilliantly conceptualized, exhaustively researched, and eloquently written, it is a gold mine for anyone interested in America's ongoing dilemma with slavery and race.”—John Stauffer, author of Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln “This stunning and magisterial documentary history accumulates and analyzes much evidence never … Continue reading The Denmark Vesey Affair

Known for My Work

"Demonstrates that the ‘emancipation generation’ bequeathed values, ethical frameworks, and identities to multiple ensuing generations, shaping religious, educational, and cultural institutions as well as labor and political organizations. "--Peter Rachleff, editor of Starving Amidst Too Much and Other IWW Writings on the Food Industry "Shows how far off the mark arguments are that claim that … Continue reading Known for My Work

New Paperback Release: The Odyssey of an African Slave

“This is the only known slave memoir from Florida . . . A fine addition to slave narrative reading lists.”—Library Journal “Griffin intersperses Sitiki’s account with commentary that places this extraordinary narrative into historical context, noting the scarcity of slave narratives—particularly slaves born in Africa.”—Booklist “The publication of a heretofore unknown slave narrative is significant, … Continue reading New Paperback Release: The Odyssey of an African Slave