The Fluid Boundaries of Suffrage and Jim Crow: Staking Claims in the American Heartland

The Fluid Boundaries of Suffrage and Jim Crow: Staking Claims in the American Heartland (Lexington Books 2016, paperback 2018).  

The Fluid Boundaries of Suffrage and Jim Crow: Staking Claims in the American Heartland explores theories associated with intersectional American identities in context of environmental memory. Wherein, I argue that the over simplification and reduction of the racial and gender inequalities has resulted in an erasure of the long history of the Civil Rights Movement. This erasure contributed to the defensive political ideologies expressed in the Black Nationalist Movement, and the subsequent culture wars. The essays in this book extend Heartland histories beyond the promises of the American Creed into specific histories that explore the connections between environmental memory, intersectional identities, and political engagement.The book was my vision and as editor I sought contributors that intimately understood the nuances the American Heartland histories. The contributors are also deeply invested in exploring theories concerning intersectional identity.