Call and Response
Key Debates in African American Studies
The first debate-centered reader in African American Studies
The Introduction by Henry Louis Gates Jr. makes a persuasive and lively case for teaching a debate-centered course and underscores the central role of these debates—many ongoing, all multisided—over four centuries up to "the Obama Era."
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Over 270 print and visual documents
Essays, speeches, petitions, editorials, newspaper and journal articles, manifestos, political cartoons, advertisements, and photographs explore ideas that have been a source of debate within the black community and across color lines throughout American history.
“In the Headlines”
These sections spotlight how key debates have played out in specific historical events, such as Marcus Garvey’s Back to Africa movement, the Ebonics controversy, or Anita Hill’s accusations of sexual harassment by Clarence Thomas.
Apparatus provides historical context and help with reading
• Part introductions give an overview of the time period.
• Headnotes introduce students to the author and context of the reading.