University Press of Florida

The University Press of Florida publishes award-winning books in African American studies. Visit our website and save up to 60% on all of our African American studies titles with code AAIH21.

Here are some highlights:

Pauulu’s Diaspora: Black Internationalism and Environmental Justice

Quito J. Swan

This book is a sweeping story of black internationalism across the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Ocean worlds, told through the life and work of twentieth-century environmental activist Pauulu Kamarakafego. Quito Swan shows how Kamarakafego helped connect liberation efforts of the African diaspora throughout the Global South.

The Citizenship Education Program and Black Women’s Political Culture

Deanna M. Gillespie

This book details how African American women used lessons in basic literacy to crack the foundation of white supremacy and sow seeds for collective action during the civil rights movement.

Slavery and Freedom in the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War Era

Jonathan A. Noyalas

This book examines the complexities of life for African Americans in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley from the antebellum period through Reconstruction, showing how enslaved and free African Americans resisted slavery and supported the Union war effort in a borderland that changed hands frequently during the Civil War.

Atlantic Passages: Race, Mobility, and Liberian Colonization

Robert Murray

Countering assumptions that the West African colony of Liberia was an endpoint in the journeys of the free people of color who traveled there, Robert Murray reveals that many Liberian settlers returned repeatedly to the United States, and he explores the ways this movement shaped the construction of race in the Atlantic world.

Black Panther in Exile: The Pete O’Neal Story

Paul J. Magnarella

This book tells the story of Pete O’Neal, one of the most influential members of the Black Panther Party, who now lives in exile in Tanzania—unable to return to the United States but refusing to renounce his past.

Black Women, Citizenship, and the Making of Modern Cuba

Takkara K. Brunson

In the first book to focus on the activism of Black women during Cuba’s prerevolutionary period, Takkara Brunson discusses how these women battled exclusion on multiple fronts but played an important role in forging a modern democracy.


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