"The centuries-long attack on Black history represents a strike against our very worth, brilliance, and value. We’re ready to fight back. And when we fight, we win." —Colin Kaepernick

Product Code: 9170
ISBN: 9798888900574
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Haymarket
Pages: 220
Published Date: 07/04/2023
Availability:In stock
Price: $19.95

Since its founding as a discipline, Black Studies has been under relentless attack by social and political forces seeking to discredit and neutralize it. Our History Has Always Been Contraband was born out of an urgent need to respond to the latest threat: efforts to remove content from an AP African American Studies course being piloted in high schools across the United States. Edited by Colin Kaepernick, Robin D. G. Kelley, and Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Our History Has Always Been Contraband brings together canonical texts and authors in Black Studies, including those excised from or not included in the AP curriculum.

Featuring writings by: David Walker, Frederick Douglass, Anna Julia Cooper, Zora Neale Hurston, W. E. B. Du Bois, C. L. R. James, James Baldwin, June Jordan, Angela Y. Davis, Robert Allen, Barbara Smith, Toni Cade Bambara, bell hooks, Barbara Christian, Patricia Hill Collins, Cathy J. Cohen, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Saidiya Hartman, Khalil Gibran Muhammad, and many others.

Our History Has Always Been Contraband excerpts readings that cut across and between literature, political theory, law, psychology, sociology, gender and sexuality studies, queer and feminist theory, and history. This volume also includes original essays by editors Kaepernick, Kelley, and Taylor, elucidating how we got here, and pieces by Brea Baker, Marlon Williams-Clark, and Roderick A. Ferguson detailing how we can fight back.

To read Our History Has Always Been Contraband is to be an outlaw for liberation. These writings illuminate the ways we can collectively work toward freedom for all—through abolition, feminism, racial justice, economic empowerment, self-determination, desegregation, decolonization, reparations, queer liberation, cultural and artistic expression, and beyond.

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Preface by Colin Kaepernick

Part One: How We Got Here
On Racial Justice, Black History, Critical Race Theory, and Other Felonious Ideas – Robin D.G. Kelley
Black Studies Is Political, Radical, Indispensable, and Insurgent Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Part Two: The History They Don’t Want You To Know
Walker’s Appeal to the Colored Citizens of the World(1829) David Walker
“The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro” (July 5, 1852) Frederick Douglass
“The New Master and Mistress” from Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl(1861) Harriet Jacobs
“Our Raison D’être” from A Voice from the South(1892) Anna Julia Cooper
“Introduction” from Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo”(1931) Zora Neale Hurston
“Political Education Neglected” from The Mis-Education of the Negro(1933) Carter G. Woodson
“The Propaganda of History” from Black Reconstruction in America(1935) W.E.B. Du Bois
“The San Domingo Masses Begin” from The Black Jacobins(1938) C.L.R. James
“The Origin of Negro Slavery” from Capitalism and Slavery(1944) Eric Williams
“A Talk to Teachers” (October 16, 1963) James Baldwin
Black Panther Party “Ten-Point Program” (1966) Huey Newton and Bobby Seale
“Double Jeopardy: To Be Black and Female” from Black Women’s Manifesto (1969) Frances Beal
“Black Studies: Bringing Back the Person” (1969) June Jordan
“Toward a Black Psychology” (1970) Joseph White
Reflections on the Black Woman’s Role in the Community of Slaves (1971) Angela Davis
“Politics of the Attack on Black Studies” (1974) Robert Allen
“A Black Feminist Statement” (1977) The Combahee River Collective
“Toward a Black Feminist Criticism” (1977) Barbara Smith
“The Lost Races of Science Fiction” (1980) Octavia Butler
“Foreword, 1981” from This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color(1981) Toni Cade Bambara
“Introduction: The Politics of Black Women’s Studies” from All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men, But Some of Us Are Brave: Black Women’s Studies(1982) Gloria T. Hull and Barabara Smith
“Black Women: Shaping Feminist Theory” from Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center (1984) bell hooks
“The Race Theory” (1987) Barbara Christian
“The Social Construction of Black Feminist Thought” (1989) Patricia Hill Collins
“African-American Women’s History and the Metalanguage of Race” (1992) Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham
“White Lines” from White by Law: The Legal Construction of Race (1996) Ian Haney López
“Punks, Bulldaggers, and Welfare Queens: The Radical Potential of Queer Politics?” (1997) Cathy J. Cohen
“Race: The Floating Signifier” (1997) Stuart Hall
“Color Blindness, History, and the Law” from The House That Race Built (1997) Kimberlé Crenshaw
“Introduction: Black Studies and the Racial Mountain” from Dispatches from the Ebony Tower (2000) Manning Marable
“Venus in Two Acts” (2008) Saidiya Hartman
“Conclusion: The Conundrum of Criminality” from The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America (2010) Khalil Gibran Muhammad
“Introduction” from The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (2010) Michelle Alexander
“The Case for Reparations” (2014) Tan-Nehisi Coates
“Black Study, Black Struggle” (2016) Robin D.G. Kelley
“Barack Obama – The End of an Illusion: from From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation (2016) Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
“Introduction” from Abolition. Feminism. Now. (2022) Angela Y. Davis, Gina Dent, Erica R. Meiners, and Beth E. Richie
“Introduction: Black Health Matters” from Black Disability Politics (2022) Sami Schalk

Part Three: How We Fight Back
When Black Studies Is Contraband, We Must Be Outlaws Brea Baker
History Is a Beautiful, Ugly Story, and We Must Teach It Marlon Williams-Clark
In the Spirit of the Midnight School Roderick A. Ferguson

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