Black History eBooks available through De Gruyter

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The ongoing trial to the De Gruyter platform provides the EUI community with unparalleled access to a vast collection of eBooks in the field of social sciences. This blog post elaborates on this initiative and proposes recommended readings in observance of Black History Month.

Whenever the Library purchases an eBook, it doesn’t simply buy a file, but it acquires access to that eBook, which is hosted on an online platform. In many cases, the eBooks published by small presses are distributed on the online platforms of bigger publishers, like that of the German publisher De Gruyter. Presses that you may find there are for example transcript, Amsterdam University Press, Columbia UP, Cornell UP, Harvard UP, University of Chicago Press, and University of California Press.

From 1 February to 30 April 2024, De Gruyter and partner publishers have made available for free this vast eBook collection in the fields of social sciences and humanities, and access will be also available to other eBooks of general interest. The library has made available more than 125,400 titles in the library catalogue, but other titles can be found directly on the De Gruyter platform.

Black History Books on the De Gruyter platform

Taking advantage of this wealth of resources, we would like to highlight some of relevant titles to the current Black History Month. These eBooks are all published by Princeton University Press and are available exclusively through this trial with De Gruyter:

To Build a Black Future: The Radical Politics of Joy, Pain, and Care by Christopher Paul Harris

This is an exploration of radical politics with a nuanced blend of emotions. Harris delves into the dynamics of joy, pain, and care within the context of building a better future for the Black community. The book takes readers inside the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) to chart the propulsive trajectory of Black politics. It provides a thoughtful guide, carefully navigating the complexities of social change while advocating for a future grounded in resilience, compassion, and empowerment.

Viral Justice: How We Grow the World We Want by Ruha Benjamin

It presents a visionary perspective on constructing a more equitable world. By recounting her personal experiences and those of her family, Benjamin envisions a future where justice isn’t just a goal but a contagious force, spreading to shape the world we aspire to live in.

Impermanent Blackness: The Making and Unmaking of Interracial Literary Culture in Modern America by Korey Garibaldi

Garibaldi takes us on a journey through the complexities of interracial literary culture in the United States. This book unravels the intricate tapestry of how interracial relationships are portrayed and shaped in literature, offering insights into the nuances of identity and cultural shifts in modern America. Garibaldi invites readers to contemplate the transient nature of blackness in literary landscapes, providing a thought-provoking perspective on the interplay between literature, culture, and race.

The Campus Color Line: College Presidents and the Struggle for Black Freedom by Eddie R. Cole

This research delves into the untold stories of college presidents shaping the battle for Black freedom in America, exploring how college presidents have influenced, and at times resisted, the quest for Black freedom. Through historical lenses, Cole sheds light on pivotal moments, revealing the roles these figures played in the ongoing struggle for racial equality on campuses. It’s a compelling study that adds depth to our understanding of the intersection between academic leadership and the fight for Black liberation.

The Dialectic Is in the Sea: The Black Radical Thought of Beatriz Nascimento

This edited volume unveils the intellectual legacy of Beatriz Nascimento’s Black radical thought. It navigates the intellectual currents within Nascimento’s work, providing a deep dive into her contributions and serving as a testament to her enduring influence on the discourse surrounding Black liberation and radical activism.

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