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Africans and Seminoles

Because Seminoles held slaves in a confusing system that was markedly dissimilar to white society's, the federal government was challenged to identify which blacks in Florida were free and which were ...

Inventing New Orleans

Edited by S. Frederick Starr
Categories: Literature

Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904) prowled the streets of New Orleans from 1877 to 1888 before moving on to a new life and global fame as a chronicler of Japan. Hearn's influence on our perceptions of New Orleans, ...

Mississippi Liberal

By Dennis J. Mitchell
Categories: History

Instead of turning toward hatred after his father was murdered by a black man in 1926, Frank E. Smith (1918-1997) committed himself to help his racist state move toward integration and racial harmony. ...

A History of Affirmative Action, 1619-2000

By Philip F. Rubio
Categories: History

What is it about affirmative action that makes this public policy one of the most contentious political issues in the United States today?

The answer to this question cannot be found by studying the recent ...

Prejudice Across America

By James Waller
Categories: History

The experiences of a teacher and his white students on a nationwide trek toward racial understanding

In 1998 James Waller took twenty-one white college students from Washington state on a month-long journey. ...

Black-Jewish Relations on Trial

An analysis of the Leo Frank case as a measure of the complexities characterizing the relationship between African Americans and Jews in America

In 1915 Leo Frank, a northern Jew, was lynched in Georgia. ...

Postcolonial Theory and the United States

Edited by Amritjit Singh & Peter Schmidt
Categories: History

Probing essays that examine critical issues surrounding the United States's ever-expanding international cultural identity in the postcolonial era

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At the beginning of the twenty-first ...

Jazz in American Culture

The family of musical styles known as jazz came into being around 1900 as several popular black musical idioms coalesced. This free-flowing, spontaneous music based in improvisation emerged primarily ...

Obituaries in American Culture

By Janice Hume
Categories: History

“Within the short period of a year, she was a bride, a beloved wife and companion, a mother, a corpse,” reported The National Intelligencer on the death of Elizabeth Buchanan in 1838.

Such obituaries ...

Civil War Mississippi

By Michael B. Ballard
Categories: History

In the Civil War Mississippi experienced a protracted and devastating invasion, and Confederate and Union armies fought fiercely at Corinth, Holly Springs, Iuka, Port Gibson, Vicksburg, and many other ...