The Frederick Douglass Encyclopedia (2009)
James L. Conyers, Jr. co-edited The Frederick Douglass Encyclopedia (Greenwood) with Julius E. Thompson and Nancy J. Dawson. The encyclopedia offers more than 100 alphabetically organized entries covering Douglass’s extraordinary journey from childhood in bondage to forceful spokesperson for equality and freedom before, during, and after the Civil War. In addition to biographical details, the book looks at the full breadth of Douglass’s writings and speeches, as well as the events that shaped his intellect and political views. Together, these entries create an enduring portrait of one of the nation’s most iconic figures, a man who went from slavery to invited guest in Abraham Lincoln’s White House, whose commitment to freedom for all led to his participation in the first women’s rights conference at Seneca Falls, and whose profound influence ranged well beyond the borders of the United States.
Malcolm X: A Historical Reader (2008)
Dr. James L. Conyers, Jr. co-edited a work entitled Malcolm X: A Historical Reader (Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2008) with Dr. Andrew P. Smallwood, coordinator of African American Studies at Austin Peay State University and former 2004-2005 AAS visiting scholar. The editors assembled an impressive array of contributors whose works reflect their expertise in the fields of history, sociology, social work, religion, literature, labor and management, and Africana studies. These essays fuse social science, humanistic, and professional studies methods as they look at Malcolm X and his contributions in place, space, and time.
Racial Structure & Radical Politics in the African Diaspora (2009)
James L. Conyers, Jr. edited the third volume of Africana Studies, the annual series published by Transaction Publishers. This edition of the serial is entitled Racial Structure & Radical Politics in the African Diaspora. Racial structures can be referred to as the study of Africana communities and their formation globally. The essays aggregated in this volume aspire to query, precipitate analysis, and offer a contribution to the forward flow of knowledge, as it pertains to social scientific approaches to describing and evaluating Africana phenomena.