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HIST 489: Black Lives Matter at Texas A&M, in Texas, & the World-Summer 2021


Publications of Interest

The Flour War

Known as the Flour War, or the guerre des farines, these riots are the subject of Cynthia Bouton's fascinating study. Building upon French historian George Rudé's pioneering work, Bouton identifies communities of participants and victims in the Flour War, analyzing them according to class, occupation, gender, and location. As typically happened, crowds of common people (menu peuple) confronted those who controlled the grain-bakers, merchants, millers, cultivators, and local authorities. Bouton asks why women of the menu peuple were heavily represented in the riots, often assuming crucial roles as instigators and leaders. In most instances, the people did not steal the provisions but forced those they cornered to sell at a price the rioters deemed "just." Bouton examines this phenomenon, known as taxation populaire, and considers the growing "sophistication of purpose" of rioters by placing the Flour War within the larger context of food riots in early modern Europe.

Expectations of Equality by Albert S. Broussard

Professor Broussard examines how African Americans over the course of nearly five centuries attempted to find their place in the states and territories west of the ninety-eighth meridian..Expectations of Equality tells the stories of every-day African American men and women, persons who lived in the West from the early 1500s until the turn of the twenty-first century. These stories help to make Expectations of Equality the perfect choice as supplementary reading-not only for courses in the history of the U.S. West, but also for survey courses in United States and African American history.

Caring for the Vulnerable Perspectives in Nursing Theory, Practice, and Research

Caring for the Vulnerable: Perspectives in Nursing Theory, Practice, and Research focuses on vulnerable populations and how nurses can care for them, develop programs for them, conduct research, and influence health policy. 

The Philosophical Treatise of William H. Ferris

This edition includes Ferris's Philosophical Treatises from Sections I-III from The African Abroad. Tommy J. Curry includes two comprehensive introductory essays highlighting the significance of Ferris's text in the study of African American philosophy, and the possible contributions Ferris's thoughts on ethnological thought, the philosophy of history and the role of race play in the larger field of American philosophy.

The Man-Not by Tommy Curry

Temple University Press; 1 edition (July 1, 2017)

Spiders of the Market by David Afriyie Donkor

The Ghanaian trickster-spider, Ananse, is a deceptive figure full of comic delight who blurs the lines of class, politics, and morality. David Afriyie Donkor identifies social performance as a way to understand trickster behavior within the shifting process of political legitimization in Ghana, revealing stories that exploit the social ideologies of economic neoliberalism and political democratization. At the level of policy, neither ideology was completely successful, but Donkor shows how the Ghanaian government was crafty in selling the ideas to the people, adapting trickster-rooted performance techniques to reinterpret citizenship and the common good. Trickster performers rebelled against this takeover of their art and sought new ways to out trick the tricksters.

African Video Movies and Global Desires by Carmela Garritano

2014 Choice Outstanding Academic Title African Video Movies and Global Desires is the first full-length scholarly study of Ghana's commercial video industry, an industry that has produced thousands of movies over the last twenty years and has grown into an influential source of cultural production. Garritano makes a significant contribution to the examination of gender norms and the ideologies these movies produce. African Video Movies and Global Desires is a historically and theoretically informed cultural history of an African visual genre that will only continue to grow in size and influence.

African and American by Marilyn Halter and Violet Showers Johnson

African & American tells the story of the much overlooked experience of first and second generation West African immigrants and refugees in the United States during the last forty years. Halter and Johnson examine the impact this community has had on the changing meaning of "African Americanness" and address the provocative question of whether West African immigrants are, indeed, becoming the newest African Americans.

Where Are All the Librarians of Color? edited by Rebecca Hankins and Miguel Juarez

This book offers a comprehensive look at the experiences of people of color after the recruitment is over, the diversity box is checked, and the statistics are reported. The authors look at the history of librarians of color in academia, review of the literature, obstacles, roles, leadership, and the tenure process for those that endure. 

Sueño con África = Dream of Africa = Rêve d'Afrique by Alain Lawo-Sukam

Poems in original Spanish with the author's translations into English and French on facing pages. Includes a critical essay Sendero hacia un tono considerable by Eduardo Espina in original Spanish (pages 171-177) translated into English (pages 178-184) and French (pages 185-191).

Leo Bersani by Mikko Tuhkanen

Examines the importance of Leo Bersani's work for queer theory, psychoanalysis, literary criticism and theory, cultural studies, and film studies.

Queer Times, Queer Becomings by E. L. McCallum and Mikko Tuhkanen

Queer theory essays on time and becoming in the fields of literature, philosophy, film, and performance.

Interpreting Social Violence in French Culture

In Interpreting Social Violence in French Culture, Cynthia A. Bouton traces how the production and marketing of the Buzançais riot story served political commentators, publishers, authors, illustrators, and local enthusiasts, enabling them to draw upon key points from the 1847 uprising to negotiate issues relevant to their own times. Bouton argues that over time, especially from the 1970s, the persistent integration of stories of social protest into a widening variety of media has helped shape French political identity as one in which the politics of the street has become as customary as the politics of political assemblies.