22 Books Published by Louisiana State University Press on AALBC — Book Cover Collage

Click for more detail about Sporadic Troubleshooting: Poems by Clarence Major Sporadic Troubleshooting: Poems

by Clarence Major
Louisiana State University Press (Apr 06, 2022)
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Deeply felt and brimming with humor and philosophical inquiry, Sporadic Troubleshooting, the latest volume from Clarence Major, both acknowledges poetic literary tradition and explores exciting new territories in language. Throughout, Major uses an improvisational technique, applying it to well-known mythological stories to enhance narrative and lyrical intensity. Breathtakingly vivid, these poems are testaments to universal subjects such as love, charity, nature, fear, survival, loyalty, justice, and beauty. Major’s poems offer vigorous inquiries into life and art with a view toward renewal and transformation.


Click for more detail about My Studio: Poems by Clarence Major My Studio: Poems

by Clarence Major
Louisiana State University Press (Oct 09, 2018)
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Renowned poet and painter Clarence Major examines the world through the lens of his art studio in this new collection of poems. Both humorous and serious, deeply felt and spontaneous, the collection begins and ends in his studio, with the poems in between exploring how art can shape one’s perception of the physical world and more imagined considerations of Emily Dickinson, opera, beauty, romance, and the natural world, “where all the parts coalesce / into a cohesive whole.”


Click for more detail about Freedom’s Dance: Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs in New Orleans by Karen Celestan Freedom’s Dance: Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs in New Orleans

by Karen Celestan
Louisiana State University Press (Feb 26, 2018)
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Freedom’s Dance provides a photographic and textual overview of the social, aid and pleasure club (SAPC) parade culture in New Orleans, tracking its origins in African traditions and subsequent development in Black New Orleans culture. Containing over 175 photographs by Eric Waters, Freedom’s Dance offers the first complete look at the SAPC Second Line tradition, ranging from ideological approaches to the contributions of musicians, development of specific rituals by various clubs, and parade accessories such as elaborately decorated fans and sashes. Karen Celestan’s vibrant text is supplemented with interviews by Valentine Pierce and other longtime culture-bearers such as Oliver “Squirk” Hunter, Lois Andrews (mother of Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and James Andrews), Fred Johnson, Gregory Davis, and Lionel Batiste, while interdisciplinary essays by leading scholars detail the rituals, historic perspective, and purpose of the Second Line. Freedom’s Dance defines this unique public-private culture and captures every aspect of the Second Line, from SAPC members’ rollicking introductions at their annual parade to a funeral procession on its way to the crypt.


Click for more detail about The Defeat of Black Power: Civil Rights and the National Black Political Convention of 1972 by Leonard N. Moore The Defeat of Black Power: Civil Rights and the National Black Political Convention of 1972

by Leonard N. Moore
Louisiana State University Press (Feb 15, 2018)
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For three days in 1972 in Gary, Indiana, eight thousand American civil rights activists and Black Power leaders gathered at the National Black Political Convention, hoping to end a years-long feud that divided black America into two distinct camps: integrationists and separatists. While some form of this rift existed within black politics long before the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., his death—and the power vacuum it created—heightened tensions between the two groups, and convention leaders sought to merge these competing ideologies into a national, unified call to action. What followed, however, effectively crippled the Black Power movement and fundamentally altered the political strategy of civil rights proponents. An intense and revealing history, Leonard N. Moore’s The Defeat of Black Power provides the first in-depth evaluation of this critical moment in American history.

During the brief but highly charged meeting in March 1972, attendees confronted central questions surrounding black people’s involvement in the established political system: reject or accept integration and assimilation; determine the importance or futility of working within the broader white system; and assess the perceived benefits of running for public office. These issues illuminated key differences between integrationists and separatists, yet both sides understood the need to mobilize under a unified platform of black self-determination. At the end of the convention, determined to reach a consensus, officials produced "The National Black Political Agenda," which addressed the black constituency’s priorities. While attendees and delegates agreed with nearly every provision, integrationists maintained their rejection of certain planks, namely the call for a U.S. constitutional convention and separatists’ demands for reparations. As a result, black activists and legislators withdrew their support less than ten weeks after the convention, dashing the promise of the 1972 assembly and undermining the prerogatives of black nationalists.

In The Defeat of Black Power, Moore shows how the convention signaled a turning point for the Black Power movement, whose leaders did not hold elective office and were now effectively barred access to the levers of social and political power. Thereafter, their influence within black communities rapidly declined, leaving civil rights activists and elected officials holding the mantle of black political leadership in 1972 and beyond.


Click for more detail about Approaching the Fields: Poems by Chanda Feldman Approaching the Fields: Poems

by Chanda Feldman
Louisiana State University Press (Feb 05, 2018)
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In a cadence reminiscent of old gospel rhythms rising from deeper reflections on the evolution of self and culture, the poet evokes her memories of family and history, sans sentimentalism. With heartfelt precision, Feldman builds the book to its shining summit, a testimony to getting through to an understanding of what it is to stand in awe of an awareness of how love persists. Approaching the Fields is a beautifully crafted book of courage gone, courage now taking breath, and courage yet to come.—Afaa M. Weaver


Click for more detail about The Problem of Democracy in the Age of Slavery: Garrisonian Abolitionists & Transatlantic Reform by W. Caleb McDaniel The Problem of Democracy in the Age of Slavery: Garrisonian Abolitionists & Transatlantic Reform

by W. Caleb McDaniel
Louisiana State University Press (May 06, 2013)
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Winner of the Merle Curti Award
Winner of the SHEAR James Broussard First Book Prize

In The Problem of Democracy in the Age of Slavery, W. Caleb McDaniel sets forth a new interpretation of the Garrisonian abolitionists, stressing their deep ties to reformers and liberal thinkers in Great Britain and Europe. The group of American reformers known as "Garrisonians" included, at various times, some of the most significant and familiar figures in the history of the antebellum struggle over slavery: Wendell Phillips, Frederick Douglass, and William Lloyd Garrison himself. Between 1830 and 1870, American abolitionists led by Garrison developed extensive networks of friendship, correspondence, and intellectual exchange with a wide range of European reformers—Chartists, free trade advocates, Irish nationalists, and European revolutionaries. Garrison signaled the importance of these ties to his movement with the well-known cosmopolitan motto he printed on every issue of his famous newspaper, The Liberator: "Our Country is the World—Our Countrymen are All Mankind." That motto serves as an impetus for McDaniel’s study, which shows that Garrison and his movement must be placed squarely within the context of transatlantic mid-nineteenth-century reform.

Through exposure to contemporary European thinkers—such as Alexis de Tocqueville, Giuseppe Mazzini, and John Stuart Mill—Garrisonian abolitionists came to understand their own movement not only as an effort to mold public opinion about slavery but also as a measure to defend democracy in an Atlantic World still dominated by aristocracy and monarchy. While convinced that democracy offered the best form of government, Garrisonians recognized that the persistence of slavery in the United States revealed problems with the political system. They identified the participation of minority agitators as part of the process in a healthy democratic society.

Ultimately, Garrisonians’ transatlantic activities reveal their deep patriotism, their interest in using public opinion to affect American politics, and their similarities to other antislavery groups. By following Garrisonian abolitionists across the Atlantic Ocean and exhaustively documenting their international networks, McDaniel challenges many of the timeworn stereotypes that still cling to their movement. He argues for a new image of Garrison’s band as politically savvy, intellectually sophisticated liberal reformers, who were well informed about transatlantic debates regarding the problem of democracy.


Click for more detail about Faster Than Light: New And Selected Poems, 1996-2011 by Marilyn Nelson Faster Than Light: New And Selected Poems, 1996-2011

by Marilyn Nelson
Louisiana State University Press (Nov 12, 2012)
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Conjuring numerous voices and characters across oceans and centuries, Faster Than Light explores widely disparate experiences through the lens of traditional poetic forms. This volume contains a selection of Marilyn Nelson’s new and uncollected poems as well as work from each of her lyric histories of eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century African American individuals and communities.Poems include the stories of historical figures like Emmett Till, the fourteen-year-old boy lynched in 1955, and the inhabitants of Seneca Village, an African American community razed in 1857 for the creation of Central Park. "Bivouac in a Storm" tells the story of a group of young soldiers, later known as the Tuskegee Airmen, as they trained near Biloxi, Mississippi, "marching in summer heat / thick as blackstrap molasses, under trees / haunted by whippings." Later pieces range from the poet’s travels in Africa, Europe, and Polynesia, to poems written in collaboration with Father Jacques de Foiard Brown, a former Benedictine monk and the subject of Nelson’s playful fictional fantasy sequence, "Adventure-Monk!" Both personal and historical, these poems remain grounded in everyday details but reach toward spiritual and moral truths.


Click for more detail about Myself Painting: Poems by Clarence Major Myself Painting: Poems

by Clarence Major
Louisiana State University Press (Oct 01, 2008)
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In Myself Painting Clarence Major seeks to recreate for readers the inexpressible feeling that comes from creating art with poems that speak not of painting itself, but of its underlying process. Major incorporates the techniques of paintingparticularly that of Post-Expressionisminto his verse, describing scenery with an artist’s eye and using form and color to evokes striking images.


Click for more detail about The Guide Signs: Book One and Book Two by Jay Wright The Guide Signs: Book One and Book Two

by Jay Wright
Louisiana State University Press (Oct 01, 2007)
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In The Guide Signs, acclaimed poet Jay Wright closes a movement he opened with his first book, The Homecoming Singer, in 1971, a movement that takes its design from the ancient people of Mali. Wright continued this theme in subsequent works, all gathered in Transfigurations: Collected Poems, whose eight books represent the eight master signs. The two books of The Guide Signs represent the primordial Nommo twins. All together, these ten books, as the ten earlier signs taken from the complete signs of the world, provide the base for the soul and life force given to everything. Wright encourages the reader to participate in weaving the fragile and fragmentary fabric of experience, and to do what Horace Silver encourages his listeners to do?get down in the music with us.


Click for more detail about The River Flows On: Black Resistance, Culture, and Identity Formation in Early America by Walter C. Rucker The River Flows On: Black Resistance, Culture, and Identity Formation in Early America

by Walter C. Rucker
Louisiana State University Press (Jan 01, 2006)
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The River Flows On is an impressively broad study of slave resistance in America, spanning the colonial and antebellum eras in both the North and South and covering all forms of recalcitrance, from major revolts and rebellions to everyday acts of disobedience. Walter C. Rucker analyzes American slave resistance with a keen understanding of its African influences while he also traces the emergence of an "African American" identity, orientation, consciousness, and culture. Rucker identifies African ethnic enclaves throughout the original thirteen colonies that produced unique modes of resistance, but he also points to the shared cultural heritage that facilitated collective action among both African- and American-born slaves. The ubiquitous belief in conjure and spiritual forces, the importance of martial dance and the drum, and ideas about the afterlife and transmigration all served as cultural bridges and fostered a sense of solidarity among slaves. Focusing on the role of African cultural and sociopolitical forces, Rucker gives in-depth attention to the 1712 New York City revolt, the 1739 Stono rebellion in South Carolina, the 1741 New York conspiracy, Gabriel Prosser’s 1800 Richmond slave plot, and Denmark Vesey’s 1822 Charleston scheme. He concludes with Nat Turner’s 1831 revolt in Southampton, Virginia, which bore the marks of both conjure and Christianity, reflecting a new, African American consciousness.


Click for more detail about Such Was the Season (Voices of the South) by Clarence Major Such Was the Season (Voices of the South)

by Clarence Major
Louisiana State University Press (Apr 01, 2003)
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Such Was the Season is the story of an eventful week in the life of an elderly matriarch of a large black family in Atlanta. Annie Eliza narrates the story of "a killer diller" week, with the homecoming of her nephew, Adam "Juneboy" North, a doctor at Yale who has been gone for more than twenty-five years. Following her nephew’s arrival Annie Eliza’s daughter-in-law declares her intention to run for a seat in the state senate, which is soon disrupted by the threat of scandal involving someone close to her.


Click for more detail about Transfigurations: Collected Poems by Jay Wright Transfigurations: Collected Poems

by Jay Wright
Louisiana State University Press (Nov 01, 2000)
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Poet and playwright Jay Wright has received numerous awards, including the Bollingen Prize for Poetry, the Anisfield-Wolf Award for Lifetime Achievement, the L. L. Winship/PEN Award, the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the 62nd Fellowship of the Academy of American Poets. A MacArthur Fellow and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Wright lives in Vermont.


Click for more detail about Elegy for Etheridge: Poems by Pinkie Gordon Lane Elegy for Etheridge: Poems

by Pinkie Gordon Lane
Louisiana State University Press (Apr 01, 2000)
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For this collection of poems, the author quietly observes the panorama of life that surrounds us all, writing of family and friends, trees and owls, the exploitation of women on welfare, and the devestation of the natural environment.


Click for more detail about My Life and an Era: The Autobiography of Buck Colbert Franklin by John Hope Franklin My Life and an Era: The Autobiography of Buck Colbert Franklin

by John Hope Franklin
Louisiana State University Press (Oct 01, 1997)
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“My father’s life represented many layers of the human experience—freedman and Native American, farmer and rancher, rural educator and urban professional."—John Hope Franklin

Buck Colbert “B.C.” Franklin (1879-1960) led an extraordinary life; from his youth in what was then the Indian Territory to his practice of law in twentieth-century Tulsa, he was an observant witness to the changes in politics, law, daily existence, and race relations that transformed the wide-open Southwest. Fascinating in its depiction of an intelligent young man’s coming of age in the days of the Land Rush and the closing of the frontier, My Life and an Era is equally important for its reporting of the triracial culture of early Oklahoma.

Recalling his boyhood spent in the Chickasaw Nation, Franklin suggests that blacks fared better in Oklahoma in the days of the Indians than they did later with the white population. In addition to his insights about the social milieu, he offers youthful reminiscences of mustangs and mountain lions, of farming and ranch life, that might appear in a Western novel.

After returning from college in Nashville and Atlanta, Franklin married a college classmate, studied law by mail, passed the bar, and struggled to build a practice in Springer and Ardmore in the first years of Oklahoma statehood. Eventually a successful attorney in Tulsa, he was an eyewitness to a number of important events in the Southwest, including the Tulsa race riot of 1921, which left more than 100 dead. His account clearly shows the growing racial tensions as more and more people moved into the state in the period leading up to World War II.

Rounded out by an older man’s reflections on race, religion, culture, and law, My Life and an Era presents a true, firsthand account of a unique yet defining place and time in the nation’s history, as told by an eloquent and impassioned writer.


Click for more detail about The Fields of Praise: New and Selected Poems by Marilyn Nelson The Fields of Praise: New and Selected Poems

by Marilyn Nelson
Louisiana State University Press (May 01, 1997)
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In The Fields of Praise, Marilyn Nelson claims as subjects the life of the spirit, the vicissitudes of love, and the African American experience and arranges them as white pebbles marking our common journey toward a "monstrous love / that wants to make the world right." Nelson is a poet of stunning power, able to bring alive the most rarified and subtle of experiences. A slave destined to become a minister preaches sermons of heartrending eloquence and wisdom to a mule. An old woman scrubbing over a washtub receives a personal revelation of what Emancipation means: "So this is freedom: the peace of hours like these." Memories of the heroism of the Tuskegee Airmen in the face of aerial combat abroad and virulent racism at home bring a speaker to the sudden awareness of herself as the daughter "of a thousand proud fathers."


Click for more detail about Death in a Promised Land: The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 by Scott Ellsworth Death in a Promised Land: The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921

by Scott Ellsworth
Louisiana State University Press (Jan 01, 1992)
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Widely believed to be the most extreme incidence of white racial violence against African Americans in modern United States history, the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre resulted in the destruction of over one thousand black-owned businesses and homes as well as the murder of between fifty and three hundred black residents.

Exhaustively researched and critically acclaimed, Scott Ellsworth’s Death in a Promised Land is the definitive account of the Tulsa race riot and its aftermath, in which much of the history of the destruction and violence was covered up. It is the compelling story of racial ideologies, southwestern politics, and incendiary journalism, and of an embattled black community’s struggle to hold onto its land and freedom. More than just the chronicle of one of the nation’s most devastating racial pogroms, this critically acclaimed study of American race relations is, above all, a gripping story of terror and lawlessness, and of courage, heroism, and human perseverance.

—Journal of Southern History


Click for more detail about Race and History: Selected Essays, 1938—1988 (Revised) by John Hope Franklin Race and History: Selected Essays, 1938—1988 (Revised)

by John Hope Franklin
Louisiana State University Press (Dec 01, 1991)
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In Race and History, John Hope Franklin, one of the nation’s foremost historians, collects twenty-seven of his most influential shorter writings. The essays are presented thematically and include pieces on southern history; significant but neglected historical figures; historiography; the connection between historical problems and contemporary issues; and the public role of the historian.

Collectively these essays reveal Franklin as a man who has exhibited immense courage and intellectual independence in the face of cultural and social bias, a scholar who has set the tone and direction for twentieth-century African-American studies, and a writer whose insistence on balance and truth has inspired two generations of historians.


Click for more detail about Girl at the Window: Poems by Pinkie Gordon Lane Girl at the Window: Poems

by Pinkie Gordon Lane
Louisiana State University Press (Nov 01, 1991)
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Click for more detail about The Homeplace: Poems by Marilyn Nelson The Homeplace: Poems

by Marilyn Nelson
Louisiana State University Press (Nov 01, 1990)
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A fine softcover copy. Inscribed by the poet. Tight binding. Clean, unmarked pages. Not ex-library. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Poetry; Signed by Author. ’ 0807116416. ISBN/EAN: 9780807116418. Inventory No: 012322.


Click for more detail about Blues Don’t Change by Al Young Blues Don’t Change

by Al Young
Louisiana State University Press (Jul 01, 1982)
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Click for more detail about A Southern Odyssey: Travelers in the Antebellum North (Revised) by John Hope Franklin A Southern Odyssey: Travelers in the Antebellum North (Revised)

by John Hope Franklin
Louisiana State University Press (Aug 01, 1979)
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Frederick Law Olmsted, the northerner who wrote comprehensively about his travels in the South, had no southern counterpart. But there were thousands of southerners — planters, merchants, bankers, students, housewives, writers, and politicians — who traveled extensively in the North and who recorded their impressions in letters to their families, in articles for the local press, and in the few books they wrote.
In A Southern Odyssey the distinguished historian John Hope Franklin canvasses the entire field of southern travel and analyzes the travelers and their accounts of what they saw in the North. Many went out of sheer curiosity. Others went on business, to get an education, to make purchases for the store and home, to attend religious or political conventions, or to instruct northerners about the superior qualities of the southern way of life and warn them of the dangers of unbridled abolitionist attacks.
The more they went, the more they doubted the wisdom of spending money among their enemies. But they continued to go, even against their own advice to fellow southerners, and some tarried until the attack on Fort Sumter.
Concentrating as it does on the human side of North-South relations during the antebellum years, A Southern Odyssey represents a fresh and imaginative approach to a long overlooked chapter in southern history. It is also a handsome book, with twenty illustrations that comprise An Album of Southern Travel.


Click for more detail about The Suppression of the African Slave Trade, 1638-1870 (Revised) by W.E.B. Du Bois The Suppression of the African Slave Trade, 1638-1870 (Revised)

by W.E.B. Du Bois
Louisiana State University Press (Jan 01, 1970)
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First published in 1896, The Suppression of the African Slave Trade remains the standard work on the efforts made in the United States, from 1638 to 1870, to limit and suppress the trade in slaves between Africa and America. In the foreword to this new edition, John Hope Franklin, James B. Duke Professor of History Emeritus, and professor of legal history at Duke University, explains the attitude toward slavery at the time Du Bois wrote his book, gives a brief background of Du Bois’s growth as an educator and writer, and examines the methods Du Bois used to write the book. Those doing work on th subject of American slavery will find this volume an important source book.