Book Series

Series Editors: Heather Ann Thompson, Temple University, and Rhonda Y. Williams, Case Western Reserve University

The Justice, Power, and Politics series at the University of North Carolina Press 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.

The latest books in the series include:

Home Front: The Restrictive Covenant Cases and the Making of the Civil Rights Movement, by Jeffrey Gonda

Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South, by Talitha LaFlouria

Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era, by Dan Berger

Proud to Be Maladjusted: Puerto Ricans, Black Americans, and the Building of a Latino Civil Rights Movement, by Sonia Lee

Black, Brown, and Poor: Multiracial Politics and the Fight against Poverty, 1962-1972, by Gordon Mantler

We are pleased to announce that these additional books are in the pipeline:

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)

City of Inmates, by Kelly Lytle Hernandez (publication date expected 2017)


Heather Ann Thompson, Editor. American Social Movements of the Twentieth Century published by Routledge.  


  1. Rethinking the Gay and Lesbian Movement

    By Marc Stein

    Rethinking the Gay and Lesbian Movement provides a new narrative history of U.S. gay and lesbian activism, drawing on primary research in the field and the best scholarship on the history of the gay and lesbian movement. Focusing on four decades of social, cultural, and political change in the

    Published May 16th 2012 by Routledge

  2. Rethinking the Welfare Rights Movement

    By Premilla Nadasen

    The welfare rights movement was an interracial protest movement of poor women on AFDC who demanded reform of welfare policy, greater respect and dignity, and financial support to properly raise and care for their children. In short, they pushed for a right to welfare. Lasting from the early 1960s

    Published December 20th 2011 by Routledge

  3. Rethinking the Asian American Movement

    By Daryl Maeda

    Although it is one of the least-known social movements of the 1960s and 1970s, the Asian American movement drew upon some of the most powerful currents of the era, and had a wide-ranging impact on the political landscape of Asian America, and more generally, the United States. Using the racial

    Published October 26th 2011 by Routledge

  4. Rethinking the American Anti-War Movement

    By Simon Hall

    Between 1965 and 1973, hundreds of thousands of ordinary Americans participated in one of the most remarkable and significant people’s movements in American history. Through marches, rallies, draft resistance, teach-ins, civil disobedience, and non-violent demonstrations at both the national and

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