Category: History

Books Honoring African-American Activists are Important Reads for Juneteenth National Holiday

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States and celebrates African-American freedom. On June 19, 1865, Union general Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas with federal troops to inform enslaved African-Americans of their freedom and that the Civil War had ended. General Granger’s announcement put into effect […]

Enter our Giveaway for a Chance to Win a Signed Copy of “William Still”

The University of Notre Dame Press is thrilled to publish William Still: The Underground Railroad and the Angel at Philadelphia by William C. Kashatus. In celebration of its publication, we are giving away a limited number of SIGNED copies! Enter to win by filling out the form at the bottom of this post. This offer […]

“William Still”: The First Major Biography of the Abolitionist and Leader of the Underground Railroad

“An essential work that is a must-read for those interested in the Underground Railroad and Black history in the U.S.” —Library Journal (Starred Review) To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of William Still on October 7, 2021, the University of Notre Dame Press is proud to publish William Still: The Underground Railroad and the Angel at Philadelphia by […]

“The Washington Post” Features Nannie Helen Burroughs

On February 28, 2021, The Washington Post ran the feature, “Denied a teaching job for being ‘too Black’ she started her own school—and a movement” by Jess McHugh. The piece illuminates how Nannie Helen Burroughs (1879–1961) fought tirelessly for Black women of every shade to win the right to an education, fair wages, suffrage and a place […]

A Celebration of Women’s History Month

For Women’s History Month, the University of Notre Dame Press is proud to feature works on the excellent contributions of a diverse group of women. Academics, artists, political leaders, matrons—they are all here, manifesting in various ways the feminine genius. “It is thus my hope, dear sisters, that you will reflect carefully on what it […]

An Interview with William C. Kashatus, author of “William Still”

William C. Kashatus holds a doctorate in history education from the University of Pennsylvania. He curated Just Over the Line: Chester County and the Underground Railroad, recognized by The Journal of American History as a “first rate exhibit and model of outreach to the local community” and winner of the American Association of Historical Societies and […]

Book Provides the First Study of Colonial Textile Arts in the Spanish American Church

When Catholic churches were built in the New World in the sixteenth century, they were furnished with rich textiles known in Spanish as “church clothing.” These textile ornaments covered churches’ altars, stairs, floors, and walls. Vestments clothed priests and church attendants, and garments clothed statues of saints. The value attached to these textiles, their constant […]

A Celebration of Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, and in order to share Black voices and the history of civil rights, segregation, and the continued fight for equality more widely, the University of Notre Dame Press has put together a page of some of our most important books in African American studies and African American Intellectual History. […]

Civil Rights Memoir Resonates with Today’s Call for Racial Justice

Distinguished historian and civil rights activist Howard Ball has written extensively about civil rights and civil liberties. In Taking the Fight South, Ball’s candid and beautifully written memoir, he focuses on six years, from 1976 to 1982, when he and his Jewish family moved from the Bronx to Starkville, Mississippi, where he taught in the political science […]