JOHN H. BRACEY, JR.
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS, AMHERST
Compiled by Dr. Stephanie Y. Evans
Distinguished Professor John H. Bracey, Jr., has been a member of the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst since 1972. He previously had taught Afro-American history at Northern Illinois University and at the University of Rochester. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up in Washington, D.C. He has attended Howard University, Roosevelt University in Chicago (B.A., 1964), and has done graduate work at Roosevelt and at Northwestern University.
Mr. Bracey has co-edited (with the late August Meier and Elliott Rudwick) a number of volumes on various aspects of the Afro-American experience, including Black Nationalism in AmericaExplorations in the Black Experience (Wadsworth), and a revised edition of Black Protest in the Sixties (Marcus Weiner). Mr. Bracey is one of the co-editors of the prize winning African American Women and the Vote: 1837-1965 (1997) Mr. Bracey (with Maurianne Adams) has published an anthology entitled Strangers and Neighbors: Relations between Blacks and Jews in the United States (1999) and has completed (with Manisha Sinha) African American Mosaic: A Documentary History from the Slave Trade to the Twenty-First Century (2004). He has co-edited, with August Meier and Sharon Harley, the microfilm series Black Studies Research Sources: Primary Sources in African American History (University Publications of America) which includes the Papers of the NAACP, A. Philip Randolph, Mary McLeod Bethune, the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs and the Papers of Horace Mann Bond. Mr. Bracey also has consulted on several video productions on the lives of W.E.B. Du Bois, Frederick Douglass and A. Philip Randolph. Mr. Bracey is a life member of the Organization of American Historians.
Mr. Bracey is currently at work on two monographs begun with the late August Meier tentatively entitled: “The NAACP: A Short History” and “A. Philip Randolph and the NAACP: A Study in Cooperation and Conflict.” Some of this research has been published with August Meier as “Allies or Adversaries?: The NAACP, A. Philip Randolph and the 1941 March on Washington” in The Georgia Historical Quarterly (Spring, 1991), and “The NAACP as a Reform Movement: 1909-1965,” Journal of Southern History (February, 1993).
Mr. Bracey has delivered papers at scholarly gatherings, and has lectured at campuses across the nation on various aspects of the history of Black Americans. His major interests are African-American social history, radical ideologies and movements, and the history of African-American Women, and more recently the interactions between Native Americans and African Americans, and Afro-Latinos in the United States.
Biographical and Publishing Information
Born: Chicago, grew up in Washington, D.C.
Education: Howard University, Roosevelt University in Chicago (BA, 1964), and did his graduate work at Roosevelt and Northwestern University
Teaching: Afro-American history at Northern Illinois University and the University of Rochester
Became member of W. E. B. Du Bois Department of African American Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1972
Awards: For his role in helping to establish Afro-American studies programs nationwide, he was awarded the Zora Neale Hurston-Paul Robeson award for outstanding artistic and scholarly achievement
Research interests: African-American social history, radical ideologies and movements, and the history of African-American women, and more recently the interactions between Native Americans and African-Americans, and Afro-Latinos in the United States
Publications: Currently in the process of completing, with Ernest Allen, a six-volume documentary history: Unite or Perish: Black Nationalist and Radical Thought 1954-1974
Co-editor, with Meier and Sharon Harley, of the microfilm series Black Studies Research Sources, which includes the papers of the NAACP, A. Philip Randolph, Mary McLeod Bethune and the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs
Co-edited Access to African-American Studies, a web research service with Sharon Harley
UMass Branch Advisor, Association for the Study of African American Life and History
Consulted on the Organization of American Historians for video productions on W.E.B. Du Bois, Frederick Douglass, and A. Philip Randolph
Dissertation chair of Dr. Evans’ Living Legacies: African American Women, Educational Philosophies, and Community Service, 1865-1965.
The NAACP: A Short History and A. Philip Randolph and the NAACP: A Study in Cooperation and Conflict
Begun by John Bracey and the late August Meier, in progress
African American Mosaic: A Documentary History from the Slave Trade to the Twenty-First Century By John Bracey and Manisha Sinha, 2004
By John H. Bracey, August Meier, Randolph Boehm, Blair Hydrick, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 1998, 1997, 1992
Neighbors: Relations Between Blacks & Jews in the United States
By Maurianne Adams, John H. Bracey, Julian Bond, 1999
American Women & the Vote, 1837-1965
By Ann D. Gordon, Bettye Collier-Thomas, John H. Bracey, Arlene Voski Avakian, Joyce Avrech Berkman, 1997
The Black Power Movement
By Muhammad Ahmad, Ernie Allen, John H. Bracey, Randolph Boehm, 2002
with August Meier and Elliot Rudwick, eds., 1972
The Black Sociologists:
with August Meier and Elliot Rudwick, eds., 1971
with August Meier and Elliot Rudwick, eds., 1970
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