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Mother to Son

A Collection of Essays and Readings in African American Studies
Edited by Alphonso Simpson

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-60927-923-3, 536 pages


Coming Soon
The Revised First Edition will be published Spring 2017. ISBN: 978-1-5165-1183-9

Mother to Son: A Collection of Essays and Readings in African American Studies was developed to provide a multi-faceted view of some of the issues that are pertinent to African American Studies. This book is designed to be used as a tool for consideration in the quest for a more concentrated view in the appraisal of the African American experience. The essays found within this text can be useful as supplemental readings for a seminar-type course or for a more individualized course of study to offer a detailed look into a particular topic of interest.

Mother to Son explores a wide range of topics from the perspectives of some of the most knowledgeable scholars in the field:

  • African American Studies as a Discipline
  • Identity In and Of Black America
  • The Land and Its People
  • From Africa to American and Beyond
  • The Negro Renaissance
  • African American Music
  • The Black Family in America
  • African American Education in the United States
  • Civil Rights and Politics in Black America

Alphonso Simpson, Jr., a professor of African-American studies at Western Illinois University, received his Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on African-American music and music education from the University of Wyoming. He is founder and director of United Voices of Western Inspirational Singers, a student-based gospel choir.

Other Cognella titles by Alphonso Simpson, Jr.: