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The Black Reparations Project
A Handbook for Racial Justice
Contributing Scholar: Unequal Housing and the Case for Reparations

A surge in interest in black reparations is taking place in America on a scale not seen since the Reconstruction Era. The Black Reparations Project gathers an accomplished interdisciplinary team of scholars—members of the Reparations Planning Committee—who have considered the issues pertinent to making reparations happen. This book will be an essential resource in the national conversation going forward.

The Clapback to Opponents of ‘Critical Race Theory’

ILLMATIC CONSEQUENCES combines social science and hip-hop studies to address disinformation and propaganda that distorted political discourse after the 2020 election. In this text, scholars and activists come together to clap back on the lies that animated attacks at local school boards and the January 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. capitol. Following a thematic structure, these contributors address "The Crisis", "The Clapback", and "The Consequences", using hip hop and Afrofuturism as models for analysis and solutions to the cultural divisions in the United States. The cycle of progress followed by backlash threatens the stability of world affairs in the twenty-first century. These writers offer clear insight across multiple disciplines to create an inclusive civil society.

Shifting Landscapes: Urban Enslavement in Antebellum New Orleans
Contributor, Mississippi River open School for Kinship and Social Exchange

The new "Shifting Landscapes" exhibit at the Herman-Grima and Gallier Historic Houses in New Orleans, Louisiana, provides an important opportunity to grapple with the histories of urban enslavement during the antebellum period through the eyes of Laurette, an African-American woman enslaved by the Gallier family. The exhibit is an augmented reality, 360-degree virtual tour of the Gallier House.


Encyclopedia of Critical Whiteness Studies in Education

Contributing Author- Chapter 73

While critical whiteness studies as a field has been attacked from both within and without, the ongoing realities of systemic white supremacy across the globe necessitate new and better understandings of whiteness, white racial identity, and their links with education. Encyclopedia of Critical Whiteness Studies in Education offers readers a broad summary of the multifaceted and interdisciplinary field of critical whiteness studies, the study of white racial identities in the context of white supremacy, in education. Featuring scholars from across the Anglophone world, this volume seeks to offer both introductions and deep dives into the ever-shifting field of critical whiteness research in education. 


Stories of Slavery in New Jersey

Dutch and English settlers brought the first enslaved people to New Jersey in the seventeenth century. By the time of the Revolutionary War, slavery was an established practice on labor-intensive farms throughout what became known as the Garden State. The progenitor of the influential Morris family, Lewis Morris, brought Barbadian slaves to toil on his estate of Tinton Manor in Monmouth County. "Colonel Tye," an escaped slave from Shrewsbury, joined the British "Ethiopian Regiment" during the Revolutionary War and led raids throughout the towns and villages near his former home. Charles Reeves and Hannah Van Clief married soon after their emancipation in 1850 and became prominent citizens of Lincroft, as did their next four generations. Author Rick Geffken reveals stories from New Jersey's dark history of slavery.


To Preserve and Protect

Profiles of the People Who Recorded the History and Heritage of Monmouth County, New Jersey

Featured Historian

This years-long project, co-authored with historian Rick Geffken, highlights the many historians who have been dedicated to documenting and preserving Monmouth County’s rich history.


Cities Imagined: The African Diaspora in Media and History

In tracing the history of culture, identity, and structures over the twentieth century, CITIES IMAGINED provides a framework to rethink modern history. From the emergence of the Booker T. ... Chambliss and Greason move their readers from the dreams of Booker T. Washington, Anna Julia Cooper, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Cities Imagined

The Land Speaks

The Land Speaks explores the intersection of two vibrant fields, oral history and environmental studies. Ranging across farm and forest, city and wilderness, river and desert, this collection of fourteen oral histories gives voice to nature and the stories it has to tell. These essays consider topics as diverse as environmental activism, wilderness management, public health, urban exploring, and smoke jumping. They raise questions about the roles of water, neglected urban spaces, land ownership concepts, protectionist activism, and climate change.


Encyclopedia of Black Comics

The Encyclopedia of Black Comics, focuses on people of African descent who have published significant works in the United States or have worked across various aspects of the comics industry. The book focuses on creators in the field of comics: inkers, illustrators, artists, writers, editors, Black comic historians, Black comic convention creators, website creators, archivists and academics—as well as individuals who may not fit into any category but have made notable achievements within and/or across Black comic culture.


Suburban Erasure

For generations, historians believed that the study of the African-American experience centered on the questions about the processes and consequences of enslavement. Even after this phase passed, the modern Civil Rights Movement took center stage and filled hundreds of pages, creating a new framework for understanding both the history of the United States and of the world. Suburban Erasure by Walter David Greason contributes to the most recent developments in historical writing by recovering dozens of previously undiscovered works about the African-American experience in New Jersey. More importantly, his interpretation of these documents complicates the traditional understandings about the Great Migration, civil rights activism, and the transformation of the United States as a global, economic superpower. 

Suburban Erasure
Black Comics
Land Speaks

Path to Freedom

The struggle for black freedom and equality is a legacy that belongs to all Americans. In the twentieth century, this story of triumph over injustice inspired the spread of democracy around the world. From the villages of Eastern Europe to the cities of Asia and Africa, people have found new strength, hope and courage in the ways African Americans defeated Jim Crow segregation in the United States. Liberty and equality required the sacrifices of many African Americans who lived and made a difference in New Jersey, including the Russell, Ham and Brown families whom Walter Greason documents in this book. This contemporary narrative of community uplift offers a fresh appreciation of just how long the path to justice is.

Path to Freedom

The American Economy

In this creative, insightful collection of resources, Walter Greason, William Gorman, and Melissa Ziobro have presented a powerful, new vision of the economic history of the United States. Combining many of the most important analyses of business, social, economic, and labor history from the last fifty years, The American Economy makes some of the most salient debates about public policy accessible to a wide audience. The resulting synthesis offers one of the most original (and complete) assessments of economic development in North America from 1748 to 2012. One of the most impactful fruits of this project is the presentation of “Asset Value Analysis” as a methodology of economic history that allows every reader to understand their specific position within global capitalism at multiple, simultaneous geographic scales. This trio of educators have crafted a text that fits well into a variety of survey courses ranging from marketing and management to American history and sociology.

The American Economy offers a range of data, analysis, and methodologies that inspires beginners to begin their journey to understand the connections among modern agriculture, racial slavery, textile manufacturing, national industrialization, consumerism, and globalization.

Industrial Seg

Industrial Segregation

Industrial Segregation responds to a multitude of similar questions by applying intersectional analyses to understand race in the twentieth century as specific form of ideological technology. To wit, race in the last century differed from the same idea in the nineteenth century or the eighteenth century. Focusing on the events and voices between Reconstruction and the Civil Rights Movement, David Goldberg and Walter Greason show readers the economic, political, social, and cultural foundations of white supremacy as products of an emerging industrial order. From the regimentation of the plantation in the early nineteenth century through the rigidity of commodity and financial markets at the start of the Cold War, INDUSTRIAL SEGREGATION shows multiple ways that orthodoxies of racial judgement and free market economics continuously intersected fueling networks of entrenched inequality for a century.

Goldberg and Greason present a powerful, innovative teaching tool that will inspire teachers and students in pursuit of human dignity and social justice.


Planning Future Cities

The field of Planning History has helped scholars across disciplines illuminate how historical actors dreamed of futures yet to come. The social policies which these visionaries explore have organized the economic development the industrial world. In PLANNING FUTURE CITIES, this classic field of historical literature is made comprehensible to a general audience for the first time.

PLANNING FUTURE CITIES combines the insights of historians, urban planners, architects, and industrial leaders to help students of the metropolitan landscape grapple with the contradictions that characterize the long 20th century. Production in rural agriculture, urban industrialization, global finance, and institutional architecture would undergo structural reform to accommodate demands wrought by women’s suffrage, feminism, civil rights activism, and global governance between 1870 and 2010. Contemporary colleges and universities must produce informed citizens to confront myriad ways which private initiatives, public policy, and democratic engagement intersect to produce prosperous metropolitan regions in the global 21st century.

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