Books for the Classroom

Books for the Classroom

The following books have been recently adopted for college courses. For exam copies of these or any other University of Arkansas Press book, see the instructor resource page.


Up Against the Wall Title: Up Against the Wall
Adopted at: Minnesota State University, Mankato
Course: HIST 481W, U.S. Civl Rights in the Twentieth Century
Course Description: Examines the Civil Rights Movement, broadly defined, from 1945 to the present, focusing on the period from 1945 to 1970. Explores the way in which African Americans and their white supporters mobilized for equality in the face of massive white resistance and seeming federal indifference.
Professor: Angela Jill Cooley
Term: Spring 2017
Things You Need to Hear Title: A Spectacular Leap
Adopted at: University of Kentucky
Course: History 360 / African American Studies 360, Race and Sports
Course Description: Examines the history of race and sport in America
Professor: Gerald Smith
Term: Spring 2017

Adopted at: University of Pennsylvania
Course: History 231, Race & Ethnicity in Sport
Course Description: Through readings, videos, and discussion, considers the social, cultural, and political relevance of black participation in sport and its larger connection to the evolution of race relations in America.
Professor: Neil Lanctot
Term: Fall 2016

Adopted at: Purdue University
Course: IDIS 371F, The Black Athlete
Course Description: Focuses on specific topics of the personal experiences of blacks, in Africa and the diaspora, including black identity, black culture, and the relationships between blacks and society.
Professor: Andrew McGregor
Term: Fall 2015

American Appetites Title: American Appetites
Adopted at: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Course: AMST 375, Special Topics in American History
Course Description: Examines the history and meaning of food in American culture and explores the ways in which food shapes national, regional, and personal identity.
Professor: Marcie Cohen Ferris
Term: Spring 2016

Adopted at: Washington University, St. Louis
Course: L98-359, American Culture Studies, Eating History: Cultural Creolization and Clash of Tradition in the American East
Course Description: Students will learn to apply methodologies in a multidisciplinary manner across many different types of cultural evidence, and engage with a rigorous reading list drawing upon disparate disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and hard sciences.
Professor: Sarah Spivey
Term: Spring 2016

Adopted at: San Francisco State University
Course: HIST 642, Historical Perspectives on Culture, Identity and Food History
Course Description: Critically examines the historic role of food and drink –its production, preparation, processing, and politics — in American history and culture from the colonial period to the most recent past.
Professor: Dawn Bohulano Mabalan
Term: Spring 2016

Adopted at: University of Florida
Course: AMH 3931, Special Topics in American History
Course Description: Selected, variable topics in the history and culture of America.
Professor: Nick Foreman
Term: Spring 2015

Things You Need to Hear Title: Things You Need to Hear
Adopted at: University of Central Arkansas
Course: HIST 4355/5355, The Role of Arkansas in the Nation
Course Description: Students examine United States history as reflected in the history of Arkansas. Emphasis on the ways Arkansas reflects or departs from national trends.
Professor: Dr. Story Matkin-Rawn
Term: Spring 2016
The Long Shadow of Little Rock Title: The Long Shadow of Little Rock
Adopted at: University of Georgia
Course: HIST 4120, The Civil Rights Movement
Course Description: Examines the strategies and philosophies of various organizations in the Civil Rights movement and studies the contributions made by key personalities such as Jo Ann Gibson Robinson, Rosa Parks, Daisy Bates, Ella Baker, Septima Clark and Fannie Lou Hamer.
Professor: Chana Kai Lee
Term: Spring 2017
Adopted at: University of Central Arkansas
Course: HIST 3310, Social Science Concepts in Arkansas History
Course Description: This course introduces students to concepts of social science in relationship to selected content of Arkansas History.
Professor: Dr. Story Matkin-Rawn
Term: Spring 2016
Adopted at: Macalester College
Course: AMST 110, Introduction to African American Studies
Course Description: This class will explore what it has meant to be African-American in the United States, and how this identity shaped Black community, thought, and life.
Professor: Duchess Harris
Term: Fall 2014
Arkansas: A Narrative History Title: Arkansas: A Narrative History
Adopted at: Arkansas Tech University
Course: HIST 2153, Introduction to Arkansas History
Course Description: An introductory course on the history of Arkansas. Lectures, discussions, and applied activities will be central to this professional education requirement for Early Childhood and Middle Level Education majors.
Professor: John Rowley
Term: Fall 2015

Adopted at: Arkansas Tech University
Course: HIST 4153, History of Arkansas
Course Description: A study of the history of Arkansas from prehistoric times to the present, noting political, social, economic, and cultural trends.
Professor: Brenda Murray
Term: Fall 2015

Adopted at: University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Course: HIST 4355, Arkansas History / Government
Course Description: Focuses on selected topics central to Arkansas history, covering its political, social, cultural, geographic, and economic development from settlement to present.
Professor: Simon Hosken
Term: Summer 2015

Life in the Leatherwoods Title: Life in the Leatherwoods
Adopted at: Arkansas Tech University
Course: ANTH 2103, Ozark-Ouachita Studies
Course Description: This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to understand changing human-environment relationships in the mountain south and to apply these understandings to the assessment of, and potential solutions to, contemporary environmental issues in the area.
Professor: Joshua Lockyer
Term: Fall 2015
Jim Crow America Title: Jim Crow America
Adopted at: Southeast Missouri State University
Course: UI 508, African Americans during the Era of Segregation
Course Description: A study of African Americans from the end of the Civil War to the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement
Professor: Steven Hoffman
Term: Fall 2015
Beyond C. L. R. James Title: Beyond C. L. R. James
Adopted at: Hamilton College
Course: Africana Studies 215, Global Race and Sport
Course Description: Examines race and diversity issues in the world of sports from the early 20th century to the present.
Professor: Nigel Westmaas
Term: Fall 2015 Title: Race and Ethnicity in Arkansas
Adopted at: University of Arkansas
Course: HIST 3383, Arkansas and the Southwest
Course Description: Political, economic, social, and cultural development of Arkansas from the coming of the Indian to the 20th century, with special emphasis on Arkansas as a national and regional component.
Professor: Rebecca Howard
Term: Summer 2015
Inclined to Speak Title: Inclined to Speak
Adopted at: Pittsburg State University
Course: ENGL 566, American Theme: Asian American Literature
Course Description: A study of a theme or idea in two or more genres in American literature.
Professor: Sandra Cox
Term: Spring 2015
Unlocking V. O. Key Jr. Title: Unlocking V.O. Key Jr.
Adopted at: University of Alabama
Course: PSC 316, Southern Politics
Course Description: Examination of the party system of the Southern states in terms of its origin, nature, distribution of power, and impact on national politics.
Professor: Steven A. Borrelli
Term: Spring 2015
Live Nude Girl Title: Live Nude Girl
Adopted at: Indiana University, South Bend
Course: ENGL W-311, Writing Creative Nonfiction
Course Description: Workshop in such modes as personal essay, autobiography, or documentary. Course focuses on understanding and practicing the rhetorical and stylistic choices available to writers of creative nonfiction: options for structure, pacing, language, style, tone, detail, description, authorial presence and voice, etc.
Professor: Kelcey Parker
Term: Spring 2015
Out of the Shadows Title: Out of the Shadows
Adopted at: University of Washington
Course: AES 335, Sports and Social Change in the Twentieth Century
Course Description: Development of sport in the United States and its importance for U.S. culture and society. Covers increased centrality of athletic competition as part of the new leisure time in the late nineteenth century, revival of the Olympic movement, racial segregation/integration, today’s American notions of celebrity and social style.
Professor: Terry A. Scott
Term: Spring 2015
The Light the Dead See Title: The Light the Dead See
Adopted at: University of Southern California
Course: ARLT 100, Misfits and Mysteries: The Grotesque in Recent American Literature
Course Description: Critical analysis of significant works of literature, philosophy, visual arts, music and/or film; intensive reading and writing to develop knowledge of analytical techniques in the humanities.
Professor: Anna Journey
Term: Spring 2015
The Rise to Respectability Title: The Rise to Respectability
Adopted at: Tougaloo College
Course: HIS 225, The Civil Rights Movement
Course Description: This course will examine the origins, philosophies, tactics, events, personalities, and consequences of the southern civil Rights Movement. This course will begin with the struggles of black veterans to register to vote after WWII and will conclude with the Meredith March Against Fear in 1966.
Professor: Michael Williams
Term: Spring 2015
A Sunday in God-Years Title: A Sunday in God-Years
Adopted at: George Mason University
Course: ENGH 608, Research and Poetry
Course Description: Various sections offer work in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, each focusing in different ways on the practices and the craft development of writers. Numerous writing assignments mixed with reading followed by careful analytical and craft discussions
Professor: Susan Tichey
Term: Fall 2014