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Race, Rhetoric, and Media Series

The Race, Rhetoric, and Media Series includes monographs and edited volumes exploring the intersections among race, rhetoric, and media in cultural, political, and social discourse within the United States and its territories. The series seeks manuscripts and proposals from diverse methodological orientations addressed to such topics as:

*studies of how traditional media, such as radio, newspapers, magazines, and television, covered black and ethnically diverse leaders, demonstrations, pivotal events, legislative debates, and judicial decisions;

*studies of visual rhetorics, such as photographs, television, film, and documentaries, that examine how race and ethnicity are framed, written, produced, and contextualized across and within historical epochs;

*studies of material rhetorics, such as commemorative art, memorials, museums, displays, and race- and ethnic-inflected memorabilia, that explore the rhetorical function of memory, consumption, reconciliation, and nostalgia;

*studies that explore the relationship between press coverage and political and legal challenges to the racial and ethnic status quo;

*studies that examine comparatively how media frame events directly affecting racially and ethnically diverse populations;

*and studies that explore the institutional and political dynamics of media control, censorship, ownership, and representation as they impinge upon race and ethnicity.

Recent publications include the award-winning Prison Power: How Prison Influenced the Movement for Black Liberation by Lisa M. Corrigan and The Bad Sixties: Hollywood Memories of the Counterculture, Antiwar, and Black Power Movements by Kristen Hoerl.

Series Editor: Davis W. Houck, Florida State University

For more information or to submit a proposal, contact associate editor Emily Snyder Bandy.

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Racial Terrorism

In December 2018, the United States Senate unanimously passed the nation’s first antilynching act, the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act. For the first time in US history, legislators, representing ...

No Future in This Country

No Future in This Country: The Prophetic Pessimism of Bishop Henry McNeal Turner is a history of the career of Bishop Henry McNeal Turner (1834–1915), specifically focusing on his work from 1896 to ...

Alternate Roots

In recent years, the media has attributed the increasing numbers of people producing family trees to the aging of baby boomers, a sense of mortality, a proliferation of internet genealogy sites, and a ...

Black Feelings

In the 1969 issue of Negro Digest, a young Black Arts Movement poet then-named Ameer (Amiri) Baraka published “We Are Our Feeling: The Black Aesthetic. ” Baraka’s emphasis on the importance of feelings ...

The Bad Sixties

Winner of the 2018 Book Award from the American Studies Division of the National Communication Association

Ongoing interest in the turmoil of the 1960s clearly demonstrates how these social conflicts continue ...

Race and Radio

In Race and Radio: Pioneering Black Broadcasters in New Orleans, Bala James Baptiste traces the history of the integration of radio broadcasting in New Orleans and tells the story of how African American ...

Peculiar Rhetoric

Winner of the 2020 Marie Hochmuth Nichols Award from the Public Address Division of the National Communication Association

The African colonization movement occupies a troubling rhetorical territory in ...


Winner of the 2020 Rhetoric Society of America Book Award

While victims of antebellum lynchings were typically white men, postbellum lynchings became more frequent and more intense, with the victims more ...

Blasian Invasion

Myra S. Washington probes the social construction of race through the mixed-race identity of Blasians, people of Black and Asian ancestry. She looks at the construction of the identifier Blasian and how ...

Promises of Citizenship

Since the earliest days of the nation, US citizenship has been linked to military service. Even though blacks fought and died in all American wars, their own freedom was usually restricted or denied. ...