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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 acquisitions editor Emily Snyder Bandy.

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The Rhetorical Road to Brown v. Board of Education

As early as 1947, Black parents in rural South Carolina began seeking equal educational opportunities for their children. After two unsuccessful lawsuits, these families directly challenged legally mandated ...

A Slow, Calculated Lynching

In the years following Brown v. Board of Education, countless Black citizens endured violent resistance and even death while fighting for their constitutional rights. One of those citizens, Clyde Kennard ...

Visions of Invasion

Visions of Invasion: Alien Affects, Cinema, and Citizenship in Settler Colonies explores how the US government mobilizes media and surveillance technologies to operate a highly networked, multidimensional ...

Authenticating Whiteness

In Authenticating Whiteness: Karens, Selfies, and Pop Stars, Rachel E. Dubrofsky explores the idea that popular media implicitly portrays whiteness as credible, trustworthy, familiar, and honest, and ...

Black Bodies in the River

Nearly sixty years after Freedom Summer, its events—especially the lynching of Andrew Goodman, James Chaney, and Mickey Schwerner—stand out as a critical episode of the civil rights movement. The ...

Fear, Hate, and Victimhood

When Donald Trump announced his campaign for president in 2015, journalists, historians, and politicians alike attempted to compare his candidacy to that of Governor George Wallace. Like Trump, Wallace, ...

Curious about George

In 1940, Hans Augusto Rey and Margret Rey built two bikes, packed what they could, and fled wartime Paris. Among the possessions they escaped with was a manuscript that would later become one of the most ...

Reconstructing Southern Rhetoric

Contributions by Whitney Jordan Adams, Wendy Atkins-Sayre, Jason Edward Black, Patricia G. Davis, Cassidy D. Ellis, Megan Fitzmaurice, Michael L. Forst, Jeremy R. Grossman, Cynthia P. King, Julia M. Medhurst, ...

Rebirthing a Nation

Although US history is marred by institutionalized racism and sexism, postracial and postfeminist attitudes drive our polarized politics. Violence against people of color, transgender and gay people, ...

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 ...