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Slaves, Slaveholders, and a Kentucky Community's Struggle Toward Freedom

by Elizabeth D. Leonard

Countless lives were transformed by the war that split the nation, and many stories are yet to be revealed about how the Civil War and the Reconstruction era affected Kentuckians.

Southern History on Screen: Race and Rights, 1976-2016

edited by Bryan M. Jack with contributions by Oliver Gruner, Daniel Farrell, Erik Alexander, Caroline Schroeter, Todd Simpson, Kwakiutl Dreher, Megan Hunt, Gene Kelly, and Tatiana Prorokova

Hollywood films have been influential in the portrayal and representation of race relations in the South and how African Americans are cinematically depicted in history, from The Birth of a Nation (1915) and Gone with the Wind (1939) to The Help (2011) and 12 Years a Slave (2013). With an ability to reach mass audiences, films represent the power to influence and shape the public’s understanding of our country’s past, creating lasting images—both real and imagined—in American culture.

The Politics of Richard Wright: Perspectives on Resistance

edited by Jane Anna Gordon and Cyrus Ernesto Zirakzadeh with contributions by Richard Wright, Lewis R. Gordon, Cedric Robinson, Cyrus Ernesto Zirakzadeh, Marilyn Nissim-Sabat, Floyd W. Hayes III, Paul Gilroy, Lori Marso, Tommy J. Curry, Richard Wright, Kevin Gaines, Dorothy Stringer, Richard Wright, William Dow, Perry S. Moskowitz, James B. Haile III, Richard Wright, Abdul R. JanMohamed, Laura Grattan, and Jane Anna Gordon

A pillar of African American literature, Richard Wright is one of the most celebrated and controversial authors in American history.

The Struggle Is Eternal: Gloria Richardson and Black Liberation

by Joseph R. Fitzgerald

Many prominent and well-known figures greatly impacted the civil rights movement, but one of the most influential and unsung leaders of that period was Gloria Richardson.

Mend: Poems

by Kwoya Fagin Maples

The inventor of the speculum, J. Marion Sims, is celebrated as the “father of modern gynecology,” and a memorial at his birthplace honors “his service to suffering women, empress and slave alike.