Call for Contributors: 50 Events that Shaped African American History

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Call for Publications
May 15, 2017 to January 15, 2018
United States
Subject Fields: 
Atlantic History / Studies, Black History / Studies

Call for Authors: 50 Events that Shaped African American History

ABC-CLIO, the leading publisher of academic reference works, is developing 50 Events that Shaped African American History to be published in 2019.  The two-volume encyclopedia will help readers understand the significance of the African American experience through "50 Key Events" that helped shape the United States. Critical moments in black social, cultural, economic, and political history will be organized chronologically with useful timelines, contextual backgrounds, and interesting sidebars highlighting important participants and places, among other features.

We are seeking writing contributions from interested scholars. Contributors will write a 7000 word chapter that adheres to specific author guidelines which will be provided.  Contributors must hold a PhD., ABD, be currently enrolled in a doctoral program, or have recognized expertise in the field.

If you are interested in writing one or more of these entries below, please send an abbreviated c.v. of no more than two pages which highlights your relevant interests and qualifications and a short writing sample of no more than ten pages to Jamie Wilson, PhD.,editor:

Open Entries

  1. The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
  2. Bacon’s Rebellion, 1676
  3. The Great Migration, 1910-1960
  4. The Rise and Fall of the Universal Negro Improvement Association 1918-1927
  5. Founding of the Brotherhood of Sleep Car Porters, 1925
  6. Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment, 1932-1972
  7. Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling 1936 and 1938
  8. The Tuskegee Airmen, 1941-1947
  9. Jackie Robinson Integrates Major League Baseball, 1947
  10. Integration of the United States Armed Forces, 1947
  11. CORE and the Freedom Rides, 1947
  12. Shelley v. Kraemer 1948
  13. Project C: The Birmingham Campaign, 1963
  14. Freedom Summer,1964
  15. Watts Riot, 1965
  16. The Black Power Movement, 1966-1973
  17. Black Arts Movement, 1967-1975
  18. Election of Shirley Chisholm to the Congress, 1968 
  19. Roots Miniseries, 1976
  20. The War on Drugs, 1971-1996
  21. Jessie Jackson’s Bid for the Presidency 1984 and 1988
  22. Black Lives Matter Movement, 2013-2017
  23. The National Museum of African American History and Culture Opens, 2016