Books to Look Forward to in 2023

As we wrap up our centennial celebration we’re heading into the start of our second century with an exciting list of new titles. Continue reading to see the remainder of our Fall 2022 books publishing in January and be sure to also browse our Spring 2023 catalog which includes books on the Covid-19 pandemic, history of the American south, America’s World War II concentration camps, capitalism and the American South, and more.

January 2023

Shirley Chisholm: Champion of Black Feminist Power Politics by Anastasia C. Curwood

“A well-rounded portrait of the late politician, who, half a century ago, helped set the tone for contemporary Black and feminist politics . . . Curwood deftly reveals Chisholm’s complexities and sometimes secretive nature as well as her tenacity in political struggles . . . A model political biography that all modern activists should read.”—Kirkus Reviews (*STARRED* review)

“A vivid biographical assessment of a remarkable woman, Anastasia Curwood reminds us of Chisholm’s legacy & makes her absence on the current political scene seem even more profound.”—Foreword Reviews (*STARRED* review)

Cross-Border Cosmopolitans: The Making of a Pan-African North America by Wendell Nii Laryea Adjetey

“Wendell Nii Laryea Adjetey’s Cross-Border Cosmopolitans: The Making of a Pan-African North America is an impressive study of Pan-Africanism and the Black Power movement in twentieth-century North America. . . . A signal achievement, Cross-Border Cosmopolitans is as welcome as it is sorely needed.”—Michael Gomez, New York University

“A fascinating and original examination of the transnational orientation and border-crossing practices of ‘African North Americans’ in the long twentieth century.”—Russell Rickford, author of We Are an African People: Independent Education, Black Power, and the Radical Imagination

The Southern Way of Life: Meanings of Culture and Civilization in the American South by Charles Reagan Wilson

“An impressive and elucidating work of cultural history”—Publishers Weekly

“Wilson, the dean of southern studies, has given us a monumental interdisciplinary and multicultural reassessment of a fabled and oft-troubled region. This study will force a recalibration of old pieties while charting a path toward new forms of social and cultural critique.”—John Wharton Lowe, author of Calypso Magnolia: The Crosscurrents of Caribbean and Southern Literature

Consent in the Presence of Force: Sexual Violence and Black Women’s Survival in Antebellum New Orleans by Emily A. Owens

“A necessary and highly anticipated work that dramatically upends current conceptions of sexual violence.”—Sarah Haley, author of No Mercy Here: Gender, Punishment, and the Making of Jim Crow Modernity

“In Consent in the Presence of Force, Owens exactingly demonstrates the gaping and lingering question in the historiography of gender and slavery—how do we read sexual relations between enslaved women and white men beyond the failing dichotomy of consent and coercion?”—Marisa J. Fuentes, author of Dispossessed Lives: Enslaved Women, Violence, and the Archive

The Strikers of Coachella: A Rank-and-File History of the UFW Movement by Christian O. Paiz

The Strikers of Coachella takes a fresh and creative approach to the story of the UFW’s formation, strikes, and organizing efforts.”—Lane Windham, author of Knocking on Labor’s Door: Union Organizing in the 1970s and the Roots of a New Economic Divide

“Paiz offers a beautifully and sensitively written, much-needed intervention to the historiography of the UFW. This book is a powerful and necessary read for labor and social movement scholars and activists alike.”—Robyn Magalit Rodriguez, coeditor of Asian Contemporary Activism: Building Movements for Liberation

The Struggle for Iran: Oil, Autocracy, and the Cold War, 1951-1954 by David S. Painter and Gregory Brew

“The definitive account of the anti-Mossadeq coup. . . . [A] gripping story about Anglo-American imperialism, resource nationalism, and the fate of Iranian democracy. This is the most complete study yet published of America’s regime change in Tehran.” —Nathan Citino, author of Envisioning the Arab Future: Modernization in U.S.-Arab Relations, 1945–1967

“A beautifully researched and definitive account of one of the Cold War’s most important crises.”—Chris Dietrich, author of Oil Revolution: Anticolonial Elites, Sovereign Rights, and the Economic Culture of Decolonization

Before Equiano: A Prehistory of the North American Slave Narrative by Zachary McLeod Hutchins

“In a work of impressive scope, Hutchins takes on the challenging task of delineating the prehistory of the slave narrative and how slavery was understood in the American colonies, while also helping readers understand the role of newspapers in both the development of and resistance to slavery as an institution.”—Karen Weyler, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

“Hutchins offers an in-depth and thought-provoking analysis of some of the earliest examples of slave narratives produced in North America that attends to their formal diversity as well as to the political and cultural contexts of their creation.”—Nicole N. Aljoe, Northeastern University

Unmoored: The Search for Sincerity in Colonial America by Ana Schwartz

Unmoored is a stunner. This book is one of the most sophisticated, interdisciplinary studies I have ever read in this considerably sophisticated, interdisciplinary field.”—Jordan Alexander Stein, Fordham University

“With remarkable depth of feeling, Schwartz traces how the high stakes of sincerity fundamentally shaped relations to God, self, neighbor, and Other. Unmoored delivers a new view of inner life in early New England. Get out your highlighters. You’ll return to this book again and again.”—Kathleen Donegan, University of California, Berkeley