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Contributors Angela Boswell is a professor of history at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, where she teaches US and women’s history . Her research is focused on southern women and particularlyTexas women. Her book, Her Act and Deed: Women’s Lives in a Rural Southern County, 1837–1873, won the Liz Carpenter award for the best scholarly book on the history of women and Texas in 2001. She has also co-­edited two volumes in the SouthernWomen Series for the Southern Association of Women Historians. Most recently, she has authored three articles appearing in anthologies, including “From Farm to Future: Women’s Journey through Twentieth-­CenturyTexas,” in Twentieth-­CenturyTexas: A Social and Cultural History, and “BlackWomen during Slavery to 1865,” in Black Women in Texas History. She is currently working on a narrative history of Texas women. Nikki Brown is an assistant professor of history at the University of New Orleans, where she moved in 2008 after chairing the history department at Grambling State University. Her first book, Private Politics and Public Voices: African American Women’s Activism from World War I to the New Deal, won the 2007 Letitia Woods Brown award for the best book in African American women’s history. In fall 2008, Greenwood Press published the Encyclopedia of Jim Crow, a three-­ volume reference work co-­edited by Brown and Barry Stentiford of Grambling State University . Brown is currently working on book reviews for the Journal of American History and the Journal of Southern History. Her next work concentrates on the past, present, and future roles of historically black colleges and universities in African American education. Brown’s research concentrates on African American women’s politics and representations of black women in American culture and media. Her most recent project is a political biography of Mary Church Terrell. Brown teaches classes in blackwomen’s history, the civil rights movement, and African American intellectual history. 254 Contributors M. Giulia Fabi is an associate professor of American literature at the University of Ferrara. She is the author of Passing and the Rise of the African American Novel (2001) and co-­ editor of New Black Feminist Criticism: 1985–2000 (2007). She was a contributor to The Oxford Companion to African American Literature (1997) and the Cambridge Companion to the African American Novel (2004) and has published scholarly essays in many books and journals. She is the editor of the Penguin Classics edition of W. W. Brown’s Clotel (2004) and of a series of Italian translations of African American novels. She is now working on a book manuscript on early African American speculative fiction. Bruce A. Glasrud is professor emeritus of history at California State University, East Bay; retired dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Sul Ross State University; and a fellow of the Texas State Historical Association . He lives in Seguin,Texas. Born and brought up in Minnesota, Glasrud received his PhD in history from Texas Tech University—he is one of the early products of the “Texas Tech School of Black History.” A specialist in the history of blacks in the West, he is co-­ editor of The African American West: A Century of Short Stories; Buffalo Soldiers in the West: A Black Soldiers Anthology; Unfinished Masterpiece: The Harlem Renaissance Fiction of Anita Scott Coleman; and Black Women in Texas History. Glasrud has published thirteen books, and more than sixty articles in scholarly books and journals. Bryan Jack is an assistant professor of history and the coordinator of the history program at Winston-­ Salem State University. He received his BA from Baker University (history), his MA from the University of Alabama, and his PhD from Saint Louis University (American studies). His first book, The Saint Louis African American Community and the Exodusters , was published by the University of Missouri Press in 2008. Currently he is researching a new project, “All Kinds of Families: Planned Integrated Communities in the United States.” He teaches classes on the South in popularculture, African Americans in urban America, race in the American community, and a variety of other subjects. Alisha Coleman Knight is an associate professor of English and American studies at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, where she teaches courses in African American literature and American 255 Contributors print culture. Her essays have been published in the Oxford Companion to African American Literature and American Periodicals. She is currently working on two projects: one is a critical study of Pauline Hopkins titled “Debunking the American Dream,” and...


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