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African American Connecticut Explored
Elizabeth J. Normen, ed.; Katherine J. Harris, contrib.; Stacey K. Close, contrib.; Wm. Frank Mitchell, contrib.; Olivia White, intro.

Garnet Books

2014 • 456 pp. 49 illus. (9 color) 7 x 10"
African-American Studies

$29.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-7399-5
$40.00 Hardcover, 978-0-8195-7398-8

$23.99 Ebook, 978-0-8195-7400-8

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This foundational volume of fifty-four essays written by a wealth of Connecticut scholars has great utility and skillfully pulls together the disjoined history of Blacks in the Nutmeg State... [continued in Reviews below]”—Dann J Broyld, Connecticut History Review

First book for a general readership to present an overview of the African American experience in Connecticut

The numerous essays by many of the state’s leading historians in African American Connecticut Explored document an array of subjects beginning from the earliest years of the state’s colonization around 1630 and continuing well into the 20th century. The voice of Connecticut’s African Americans rings clear through topics such as the Black Governors of Connecticut, nationally prominent black abolitionists like the reverends Amos Beman and James Pennington, the African American community’s response to the Amistad trial, the letters of Joseph O. Cross of the 29th Regiment of Colored Volunteers in the Civil War, and the Civil Rights work of baseball great Jackie Robinson (a twenty-year resident of Stamford), to name a few. Insightful introductions to each section explore broader issues faced by the state’s African American residents as they struggled for full rights as citizens. This book represents the collaborative effort of Connecticut Explored and the Amistad Center for Art & Culture, with support from the State Historic Preservation Office and Connecticut’s Freedom Trail. It will be a valuable guide for anyone interested in this fascinating area of Connecticut’s history.

Contributors include Billie M. Anthony, Christopher Baker, Whitney Bayers, Barbara Beeching, Andra Chantim, Stacey K. Close, Jessica Colebrook, Christopher Collier, Hildegard Cummings, Barbara Donahue, Mary M. Donohue, Nancy Finlay, Jessica A. Gresko, Katherine J. Harris, Charles (Ben) Hawley, Peter Hinks, Graham Russell Gao Hodges, Eileen Hurst, Dawn Byron Hutchins, Carolyn B. Ivanoff, Joan Jacobs, Mark H. Jones, Joel Lang, Melonae’ McLean, Wm. Frank Mitchell, Hilary Moss, Cora Murray, Elizabeth J. Normen, Elisabeth Petry, Cynthia Reik, Ann Y. Smith, John Wood Sweet, Charles A. Teale Sr., Barbara M. Tucker, Tamara Verrett, Liz Warner, David O. White, and Yohuru Williams.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“This foundational volume of fifty-four essays written by a wealth of Connecticut scholars has great utility and skillfully pulls together the disjoined history of Blacks in the Nutmeg State…Strengths of the book include the attention it gives to Black women and common folks who impacted the state, the diversity of the authors ranging from professors and curators to reporters, and the profoundly informative articles like those of Katherine J. Harris, Stacey Close, and Yohuru Williams… In all, the book is a much-welcomed addition to the historical treatments by scholars William Dillon Pierson, Robert Austin Warner, and Lorenzo J Greene and sets an example to other state journals and institutions of what necessity ad collaboration can achieve.”—Dann J Broyld, Connecticut History Review

African American Connecticut Explored is an ambitious and important book that covers the broad arc of Connecticut’s African American history from the colonial era through the mid-twentieth century. This is a welcomed addition to early African Americana.”—Erica Armstrong Dunbar, associate professor of black American studies and history, University of Delaware

“This is the first publication that brings the entire arc of Connecticut African American history together in a single volume based on serious scholarship and a comprehensive, social history-oriented perspective. It is a rich compendium of information and insight.”—Jeremy Brecher, former humanities scholar-in-residence at Connecticut Public Broadcasting


Winner of the Connecticut League of Historic Organization Award of Merit (2015)

ELIZABETH J. NORMEN is the publisher of Connecticut Explored, the magazine of Connecticut history. She lives in the Hartford, Connecticut area. KATHERINE J. HARRIS is a lecturer at Central Connecticut State University. STACEY K. CLOSE is a professor of history at Eastern Connecticut State University. WM. FRANK MITCHELL is a consulting historian at the Amistad Center for Art & Culture.

Fri, 9 Nov 2018 09:33:12 -0500