Category: History

Books in Honor of MLK Jr. Day from Notre Dame Press

Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 18, 2021, is the 26th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the civil rights leader’s life and legacy. While designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities, it is also used as a day to examine King’s work […]

An Excerpt from “William Still,” by William C. Kashatus

William Still: The Underground Railroad and the Angel at Philadelphia (April 2020) is the first major biography of the free black abolitionist William Still, who coordinated the Eastern Line of the Underground Railroad and was a pillar of the Railroad as a whole. This monumental work details Still’s life story beginning with his parents’ escape from […]

An Excerpt from “Taking the Fight South,” by Howard Ball

Distinguished historian and civil rights activist Howard Ball has written dozens of books during his career, including the landmark biography of Thurgood Marshall, A Defiant Life, and the critically acclaimed Murder in Mississippi, chronicling the Mississippi Burning killings. In Taking the Fight South (February 2021), arguably his most personal book, Ball focuses on six years, from 1976 to […]

Receive a Free Ebook of Essays on Civil Rights by Prominent African American Intellectuals

Published in 1944, What the Negro Wants was a direct and emphatic call for the end of segregation and racial discrimination that set the agenda for the Civil Rights Movement to come. With essays by fourteen prominent African American intellectuals, including Langston Hughes, Sterling Brown, Mary McLeod Bethune, A. Philip Randolph, W. E. B. Du […]

From the Desk of Eli Bortz

The University of Notre Dame Press feels palpably the impact the cancellation of OAH has on historians, publishers, students, and the general historically-intrigued public.  Personally, I’ve not missed OAH as an editor in nearly 15 years.  Given this unprecedented collective absence from our lives, we as a Press wanted to highlight our own particular focus […]

New book examines the rise and fall of an Indiana mill town

Ronald V. Morris, professor of history at Ball State University, is the author of a new book titled Yountsville: The Rise and Decline of an Indiana Mill Town.  In this volume, Morris and collaborators examine the history and context of a rural Midwestern town, including family labor, working women, immigrants, and competing visions of the future. Combining perspectives from […]

“Notre Dame vs. the Klan” named U.S. Catholic Book Club’s July selection

This month, the U.S. Catholic Book Club is reading Notre Dame vs. The Klan: How the Fighting Irish Defied the KKK by Todd Tucker. Shanna Johnson, assistant editor of U.S. Catholic says, “Tucker is a master storyteller and historian, following the events that transpired in South Bend, Indiana, on May 17–19, 1924. For readers with little historical context of the time, […]

“Abandoned Tracks” wins INDIES 2018 Silver Book of the Year for Multicultural Studies

“Abandoned Tracks” wins INDIES 2018 Silver Book of the Year for Multicultural Studies The University of Notre Dame Press is proud to announce that Abandoned Tracks: The Underground Railroad in Washington County, Pennsylvania by W. Thomas Mainwaring received the INDIES 2018 Silver Book of the Year for Multicultural Studies. Mainwaring is professor and department chair of history at Washington & Jefferson College. Abandoned […]

Colin Powell biography examines a successful but flawed leader

Jeffrey J. Matthews’s new book Colin Powell: Imperfect Patriot traces the rise to power and the professional life of American statesman and retired four-star general in the U.S. Army, Colin Powell. For the past three decades, Powell has been among America’s most trusted and admired leaders. Matthews offers a balanced and revisionist interpretation of Powell’s career, including his role in the My […]