"The definitions of ‘African American’ and ‘Black’ are being challenged both by native-born Black people and by foreign-born people of African descent and their children. Berlin reports that many African immigrants feel that they should make claim to the term ‘African American,’ challenging native-born Blacks because many of them have not been to Africa, nor can they trace one of their ancestors to a specific African country…The debate over who is and who is not Black as well as who should be able to adopt (or reject) various racial labels is by no means new, but it certainly has become more intense."
—Candis Watts Smith, Black Mosaic

"The definitions of ‘African American’ and ‘Black’ are being challenged both by native-born Black people and by foreign-born people of African descent and their children. Berlin reports that many African immigrants feel that they should make claim to the term ‘African American,’ challenging native-born Blacks because many of them have not been to Africa, nor can they trace one of their ancestors to a specific African country…The debate over who is and who is not Black as well as who should be able to adopt (or reject) various racial labels is by no means new, but it certainly has become more intense."

—Candis Watts Smith, Black Mosaic

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America’s Safest City: Delinquency and Modernity in Suburbia

"Singer shows that while violent crime is rare, many a suburban teen is faltering. Delinquency and drug use are rampant and suicide tears at the social fabric. Simon Singer’s nuanced data and conceptualization of relational modernity provide a fresh perspective on the sources of delinquency in contemporary society."

—Robert J. Sampson, author of Great American City: Chicago and the Enduring Neighborhood Effect

So what is City of Promises? Many things, not the least quite beautiful and more than substantial: three volumes running to just over one thousand pages, deftly produced by New York University Press, with ample illustrations and snugly housed in an attractive slipcase suggesting care and stature…

Individually and collectively, the volumes mark
a new high in American urban, ethnic, and religious history. These are wonderful books, testaments to the best in American history. They deserve wide attention as reconstructions of a remarkable past and as models for many more like them.

A wonderful book review of City of Promisesour three-volume history of the Jews of New York, just appeared in the Journal of the American Jewish Archives! Read the full version here.
"[A] wide-ranging analysis that touches on feminism, the military, marriage, the Internet, and discourse around scientific research. Walters’s humane, transformative vision soars in this must-read for anyone interested in LGBT politics.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
The Tolerance Trap publishes next month, and the praise is rollin’ in! Check out the book’s website for more information.

"[A] wide-ranging analysis that touches on feminism, the military, marriage, the Internet, and discourse around scientific research. Walters’s humane, transformative vision soars in this must-read for anyone interested in LGBT politics.”
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

The Tolerance Trap publishes next month, and the praise is rollin’ in! Check out the book’s website for more information.

In asserting that gay, lesbian and bisexual citizens want rights such as pay equity, voting rights, and an end to discrimination in the workplace and judicial system—indeed, ‘full and deep integration and inclusion in the American dream’—[the author] makes it clear that tolerance is much too limited a goal.

An enlightening examination of identity and the quest for ‘deep freedom’ by a largely misunderstood and marginalized group.

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Pranksters: Making Mischief in the Modern World is the new book by Kembrew McLeod, UI Professor of Communications and sometime prankster himself. In it he examines the history of various pranksters, hoaxers & con men to explore how pranks are not just for fun but are often used to get at larger truths in society.

 For a limited time, when you stop by the store you’ll get a free pack of Prankster cards with purchase of the book.

Hey, Iowa City folks!  Kembrew McLeod, author of Pranksters, will be reading at Prairie Lights bookstore tonight, April 2, at 6pm!  

Another excellent Women’s History Month post on our blog!