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This Week’s Top Ten: Newest Books Available for Review

Beyond the Crossroads: The Devil and the Blues Tradition by Adam Gussow Herman Melville by Kevin J. Hayes Texas Blood: Seven Generations Among the Outlaws, Ranchers, Indians, Missionaries, Soldiers, and Smugglers of the Borderlands by Roger D. Hodge Designed for Hi-Fi Living: The Vinyl LP in Midcentury America by Janet Borgerson and Jonathan Schroeder Black … Continue reading

Book Review : SELECTED LETTERS OF LANGSTON HUGHES. Edited by Arnold Rampersad and David Roessel with Christa Fratantoro. New York: Alfred A. Knopf Publisher. 2015.

SELECTED LETTERS OF LANGSTON HUGHES. Edited by Arnold Rampersad and David Roessel with Christa Fratantoro. New York: Alfred A. Knopf Publisher. 2015.   Assembling a collection of correspondence can be as loose as what Richard Wright once said about anthology-making: get a pot of glue and a pair of sharp scissors, and cut and paste … Continue reading

The Threat of Colin Kaepernick

The Threat of Colin Kaepernick by: Thabiti Lewis (WSU Vancouver)   “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”― James Baldwin     Last week marked the 15th anniversary of 911, and America’s most popular sport, football, was supposed to showcase American patriotism.  But the San … Continue reading

book review: OKLAHOMO: LESSONS IN UNQUEERING AMERICA

OKLAHOMO: Lessons in Unqueering America. By Carol Mason. 2015.   Sally Kern is a six-term member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, and she does not like homosexuals. In fact, in 2008, Kern stated publicly that she considers homosexuality to be “the biggest threat our nation has, even more so than terrorism or Islam.” According … Continue reading

book review: ON RACE AND MEDICINE: INSIDER PERSPECTIVES

ON RACE AND MEDICINE: Insider Perspectives. Edited by Richard Garcia. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. 2015.   The fields of anthropology and sociology, in addition to health sciences, have problematized the topic of race and medicine extensively. The dubious history of medical practice towards non-white bodies has left deep impacts on the manner in which … Continue reading

book review: MAKING CINELANDIA: AMERICAN FILMS AND MEXICAN FILM CULTURE BEFORE THE GOLDEN AGE

MAKING CINELANDIA: American Films and Mexican Film Culture Before the Golden Age. By: Laura Isabel Serna. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. 2014. In the 1920s American films dominated Mexico’s cinemas creating the fear in its cultural elites that Mexico would become a cultural dependent of the United States. In Making Cinelandia American Films and Mexican … Continue reading

book review: BLACK SILENT MAJORITY: THE ROCKEFELLER DRUG LAWS AND THE POLITICS OF PUNISHMENT

BLACK SILENT MAJORITY: The Rockefeller Drug Laws and the Politics of Punishment. By Michael Javen Fortner. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 2015.   Black Silent Majority proffers an alternative explanation for the emergence of mass incarceration in the post–Civil Rights era. Refuting the consensus of the origins of mass incarceration, most popularly averred by legal … Continue reading

book review: THE GREAT WHITE WAY: RACE AND THE BROADWAY MUSICAL

THE GREAT WHITE WAY: Race and the Broadway Musical. By Warren Hoffman. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. 2014. Warren Hoffman enthusiastically admits his great love for the Broadway musical on page one of The Great White Way: Race and the Broadway Musical. But despite this rather personal opening gambit, on page two Hoffman takes … Continue reading

book review: BOXCAR POLITICS: THE HOBO IN U.S. CULTURE AND LITERATURE, 1869-1956

BOXCAR POLITICS: The Hobo in U.S. Culture and Literature, 1869–1956. By John Lennon. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press. 2014. John Lennon’s insightful new work, Boxcar Politics, claims that “hoboing was not just a mode of travel” for U.S. transient workers in the years between the completion of the intercontinental railroad and the signing of the … Continue reading

Call for Papers: American Studies Journal special issue honoring the 70th anniversary of Mendez v. Westminster (1947)

American Studies Journal special issue honoring the 70th anniversary of Mendez v. Westminster (1947) Mendez v. Westminister (1947) desegregated California schools and was decided in the California federal courts. Gonzalo Mendez along with other Mexican American parents sued on behalf of their children challenging the status of separate Mexican schools in Orange County. The verdict … Continue reading

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