Black in America
A Broadview Topics Reader
  • Publication Date: June 15, 2018
  • ISBN: 9781554814282 / 1554814286
  • 400 pages; 6" x 9"

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Black in America

A Broadview Topics Reader

  • Publication Date: June 15, 2018
  • ISBN: 9781554814282 / 1554814286
  • 400 pages; 6" x 9"

Black in America samples the breadth of non-fiction writing on African American experiences in the United States. The emphasis is on the twenty-first century (Ta-Nehisi Coates, Claudia Rankine, and Roxane Gay figure prominently), but a substantial representation of vitally important work from other eras is also included, from Olaudah Equiano and Sojourner Truth to James Baldwin, Audre Lorde, and Alice Walker; in all there are over 50 selections. The anthology includes examples of academic writing, of writing for popular audiences, of journalism, of speeches, and of blog posts and other writing that originated on the web. Selections are arranged by author in rough chronological order; the book also includes alternative tables of contents listing material by thematic subject and by genre and rhetorical style. Each selection is prefaced by a headnote providing context, and followed by questions and suggestions for discussion. Explanatory annotations are provided at the bottom of the page, and paragraphs are numbered for ready reference during class discussions. Brief biographical notes appear at the back of the book.

Olaudah Equiano

  • from The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano

Sojourner Truth

  • Speech Delivered at the Akron, Ohio Convention on Women’s Rights, 1851

Frederick Douglass

  • from Fourth of July Oration

Harriet Jacobs

  • from Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Jordan Anderson

  • Letter from a Freedman to His Old Master

Anna Julia Cooper

  • A Voice from the South

Booker T. Washington

  • Atlanta Exposition Address

James Weldon Johnson

  • The Negro National Anthem

Ida B. Wells-Barnett

  • from Lynch Law in America
  • from Southern Horrors

Pauline Hopkins

  • from Frederick Douglass

W.E.B. Du Bois

  • from The Souls of Black Folk
    • Of Our Spiritual Striving
    • from On Booker T. Washington

The Niagara Movement

  • Declaration of Principles 1905

Claude McKay

  • If We Must Die

Langston Hughes

  • The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain

Alice Dunbar-Nelson

  • The Negro Woman and the Ballot

Zora Neale Hurston

  • How It Feels to Be Colored Me

James Baldwin

  • Stranger in the Village
  • If Black English Isn’t a Language, Then Tell Me, What Is?

Frantz Fanon

  • from On Violence [from The Wretched of the Earth]

Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Letter from Birmingham Jail

Alex Haley and Malcolm X

  • from The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Bayard Rustin

  • Black Power and Coalition Politics

Shirley Chisholm

  • Equal Rights for Women

Alice Walker

  • In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens:
    • The Creativity of Black Women in the South

Audre Lorde

  • The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action
  • Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism

Howard Zinn

  • from Or Does It Explode [from A People’s History Of The United States]

bell hooks

  • Coming to Class Consciousness [from Where We Stand]

Malcolm Gladwell

  • None of the Above: What I.Q. Doesn’t Tell You About Race

Chimamanda Adichie

  • The Color of an Awkward Conversation

Barack Obama

  • A More Perfect Union

Michelle Alexander

  • from The New Jim Crow

Adilifu Nama

  • from Super Black: American Pop Culture and Black Superheroes

Alisha Knight

  • from“To Aid in Everyway Possible in Uplifting the Colored People of America”: Hopkins’s Revisionary Definition of African American Success

Bettina Love

  • from Hip Hop’s Li’l Sistas Speak: Negotiating Hip Hop Identities and Politics in the New South

Mia McKenzie

  • White Silence

Darnell L. Moore

  • Black, LGBT, American: A Search for Sanctuaries

Bryan Stevenson

  • from The Stonecatchers’ Song of Sorrow [from Just Mercy]

Claudia Rankine

  • from Citizen: An American Lyric

Nikole Hannah-Jones

  • How School Segregation Divides Ferguson—and the United States

Ta-Nehisi Coates

  • The Case for Reparations
  • from Donald Trump Is the First White President

Teju Cole

  • A True Picture of Black Skin

Francis Gateward and John Jennings

  • from The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art

Dawn Marie Dow

  • The Deadly Challenges of Raising African American Boys

Roxane Gay

  • The Politics of Respectability

Jonathan Capehart

  • Taking a knee with Colin Kaepernick and standing with Stephen Curry against Trump

Wall Street Journal

  • The Politicization of Everything: Everybody loses in the Trump-NFL brawl over the National Anthem

Alicia Garza

  • Our cynicism will not build a movement. Collaboration will.

Cameron Glover

  • No, Black-Only Spaces are Not Racist

Mitch Landrieu

  • from Truth: Remarks on the Removal of Confederate Monuments in New Orleans

Janet Mock

  • Speech Delivered at the Women’s March on Washington

Zadie Smith

  • Getting In and Getting Out: Who owns black pain?

Brent Staples

  • The Movie ‘Get Out’ Is a Strong Antidote to the Myth of ‘Postracial’ America

Shanita Hubbard

  • “Russell Simmons, R. Kelly, and Why Black Women Can’lt Say #MeToo”

Audra D.S. Burch

  • “The #MeToo Moment: After Alabama, Black Women Wonder, What’s Next”

Carvell Wallace

  • Why Black Panther Is a Defining Moment for Black America

Jessica Edwards teaches critical race studies and composition studies at the University of Delaware.

  • — A thematic reader of expository prose on current and historical issues facing African Americans
  • — Headnotes, explanatory notes, and discussion questions included with each selection
  • — Equal representation of male and female authors
  • — Coverage of a wide range of prose genres including
    • academic articles
    • journalism
    • blog posts
    • lyric essays
    • memoir
    • speeches
  • — Chronological organization
  • — Alternative tables of contents organized by subject matter and/or rhetorical category
  • — Additional set of explanatory notes intended for students who are new to the United States and/or speak English as an additional language
  • — Several paired selections in which opposing or complementary viewpoints are expressed