About the series

The Justice, Power, and Politics series publishes and pursues new works of history that explore questions of social justice, political power, and struggles for justice in the twentieth century—thereby bringing these books into conversation with each other.

In doing so, JPP helps readers to better understand the evolution of the United States in the last century, as well as integrate and broaden the way we think about these issues.

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Chained in Silence
Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South
by Talitha L. LeFlouria

A vivid history of the African American women ensnared in Georgia’s convict leasing system, redefining the social context of black women’s lives and labor in the New South and allowing their stories to be told for the first time.

“Every page of Chained in Silence is a revelation. The author connects the hideous conditions that black female convicts endured with the emergence of white business supremacy and the modernization of the South. LeFlouria skillfully illuminates the ties between gender, racism, and labor exploitation in the making of the New South. This book is destined to play an integral role in contemporary debates on mass incarceration and prison reform.”–Paul Ortiz, University of Florida


berger_captive_195_300Captive Nation
Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era
by Dan Berger

A pathbreaking book that offers a bold reconsideration of twentieth century black activism, the prison system, and the origins of mass incarceration. Winner of the 2015 James A. Rawley Prize (OAH).

“Numerous scholars have distilled the grotesque features of the prison experience or described the sheer scale of mass incarceration. Others have chronicled the carceral turn where black freedom struggles of the mid-twentieth century gave way to the War on Drugs of today. But few have given voice to black prisoners as freedom activists and radical organizers in their own right until now. Dan Berger’s Captive Nation shows, by their example, that America’s most enduring paradox is its capacity to generate freedom with violence, to expand democracy and imprison its citizens. No histories of post–Civil Rights America can ignore this indispensable book.”–Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Forthcoming books

Home Front: The Restrictive Covenant Cases and the Making of the Civil Rights Movement, by Jeffrey Gonda (publication expected 2015)

Blue Texas: Civil Rights, Labor, and the Making of the Multiracial Democratic Coalition, by Max Krochmal (publication expected 2016)

Engendering Captivity: Black Women and Punishment after the Civil War, by Sarah Haley (publication expected 2016)

In Love and Struggle: James and Grace Lee Boggs, Black Power, and the Next American Revolution, by Stephen Ward (publication expected 2016)

Courage Under Fire: African Americans and the FDNY, by David Goldberg (publication expected 2016)

What Difference does Difference Make?: A History of Gay and Lesbian Identity Politics Since Stonewall, by David Palmer (publication expected 2016)

Race for Profit: Black Housing and the Urban Crisis of the 1970s, by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (publication expected 2017)

What You’ve Got is a Revolution: Black Women’s Movements for Black Power, by Ashley Farmer (publication expected 2017)

Irresistible Revolution: Cuba and American Radicalism, 1968-1992, by Teishan Latner (publication expected 2017)

Democracy’s Capital: Local Protest, National Politics, and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Washington, D.C., by Lauren Pearlman (publication expected 2017)

For more information about these and other JPP books, check out the forthcoming books page.