If you haven’t already seen it, we highly recommend perusing the current issue of Southern Cultures, which is put out by UNC’s Center for the Study of the American South, and features a couple of articles of special interest:
– “Bobby Rush: “Blues Singer–Plus,” written by William R. Ferris, who is Joel R. Williamson Eminent Professor of History, Senior Associate Director of the Center for the Study of the American South, and Adjunct Professor of Folklore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
– “For the Records: How African American Consumers and Music Retailers Created Commercial Public Space in the 1960s and 1970s South,” written by Joshua Clark Davis, who is a UNC-CH PhD and currently a fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C, researching “the globalization of African American music and consumer culture.”
In addition, the Center has conveniently compiled an extensive two-part collection of their publications on African American History and Culture, spanning the last ten years. Be sure to check it out here: Part I & Part II.
Have you been by the Stone Center Library lately? If so, you’ve hopefully noticed our new display:
Our latest selection of recently acquired books features titles related to African Americans in American culture, in keeping with our recent event with UNC history professor “Fitz” Brundage:
All titles are available here at the library and we encourage you to come by and check them out. Happy reading, and have a great weekend!
Thanks to everyone who came out to Professor Brundage’s booktalk on the first of the month! We hope you all found his lecture informative and thought-provoking and we encourage you all to take another look at Stone Center Librarian Shauna Collier’s list of related books available here at the SCL if this is a topic you wish to explore further.
We hope you’re all excited for TODAY’S book talk with UNC history professor “Fitz” Brundage, as he discusses his latest book, Beyond Blackface: African Americans and the Creation of American Popular Culture, 1890-1930 (UNC Press 2011).
Event details (also available on Facebook):
5:00pm Reception | Main Lobby, Wilson Library
5:30pm Program | Pleasants Family Assembly Room
Free and open to the public
In anticipation of this event, Stone Center Librarian Shauna Collier has put together a list of related books available at UNC libraries. Check it out!
- African Americans and US popular culture. Verney, Kevern (2003).
- Ain’t nothing like the real thing : how the Apollo Theater shaped American entertainment. National Museum of African American History and Culture through Smithsonian Books (c2010)
- Audience, agency and identity in Black popular culture. Worsley, Shawan M. (2010).
- Black culture and the New Deal : the quest for civil rights in the Roosevelt era. Sklaroff, Lauren Rebecca (c2009). Also available as an [electronic resource].
- Dreaming of Dixie : how the South was created in American popular culture. Cox, Karen L. (c2011)
- Fly away : the great African American cultural migrations. Rutkoff, Peter M. (2010).
- The Harlem Renaissance. Hillstrom, Kevin (c2008).
- Jump for joy : jazz, basketball, and Black culture in 1930s America. Caponi-Tabery, Gena (c2008).
- Oscar Micheaux and his circle : African-American filmmaking and race cinema of the silent era. Indiana University Press (c2001).
- The Regal Theater and black culture. Semmes, Clovis E. (2006). Also available as an [electronic resource].
- A renaissance in Harlem : lost voices of an American community. Bard (c1999).
- Representing African Americans in transatlantic abolitionism and blackface minstrelsy. Nowatzki, Robert (c2010). Also available as an [electronic resource].
- Swingin’ at the Savoy : the memoir of a jazz dancer. Miller, Norma (1996).
- Swinging the machine : modernity, technology, and African American culture between the World Wars. Dinerstein, Joel (c2003).
Happy reading, and we hope to see you TODAY at 5pm in Wilson Library!
Save the date! On Tuesday, November 1st, UNC history professor Fitzhugh Brundage will deliver a lecture on the history of African Americans in American popular culture. The talk will will take place at 5:30pm in the Wilson Special Collections Library, with a reception at 5:00pm. This event is FREE and open to the PUBLIC
Brundage is the editor of the UNC Press book Beyond Blackface: African Americans and the Creation of American Popular Culture, 1890-1930, a collection of essays from sixteen scholars in various disciplines that “address the complex roles of black performers, entrepreneurs, and consumers in American mass culture during the early twentieth century.” This book is currently available at Davis Library and the North Carolina Collection (library use only) – check for availability here.
Brundage is also the William Umstead Distinguished Professor of history at UNC, and his books include The Southern Past : A Clash of Race and Memory(2005), A Socialist Utopia in the New South: The Ruskin Colonies in Tennessee and Georgia, 1894-1901 (1996) and Lynching in the New South: Georgia and Virginia, 1880-1930. (1993)
In 2006, he was awarded the Lillian Smith Award from the Southern Regional Council and the Southern Historical Association’s Charles S. Sydnor Award for a distinguished book in southern history for The Southern Past: A Clash of Race and Memory.
This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Stone Center Library for Black Culture & History. For more information, contact: Liza Terll, Friends of the Library at (919) 962-4207 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to see you there!