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“This is an extraordinary book. It is the most complete history of Penn Center that has ever been written. Many stories and famous academic accounts have been concerned indirectly with Penn Center over its 150-year history, but this book goes straight to the heart.”—from the foreword by Emory S. Campbell, former director of Penn Center
Recounting the past 150 years of the Penn Center, Orville Vernon Burton and Wilbur Cross’s PENN CENTER is the first comprehensive study of the Penn School which was established on St. Helena Island, South Carolina in 1862 to provide a formal education for formal slaves. In later years, the school expanded to become Penn Normal, Agricultural and Industrial School and later a safe meeting place for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference, as well as the Peace Corps. Today, Penn Center serves as a social services hub and museum.
Uncovering the all-but-forgotten legal battle over escaped slaves who were transported from South Carolina to Massachusetts on a British ship during the American Revolution, TYRANNICIDE examines how African Americans sought freedom and how white Americans in South Carolina and Massachusetts responded to this quest for freedom by writing diverging slave law between 1765 and 1789. The law they wrote began to solidify the division of America between free and slave states and would later be etched into the Constitution.
While many books discuss slavery in the Constitution and during the American Revolution, no other book highlights the story of the Tyrannicide affair, brings out the dynamic between national and local politics in developing a state’s law on slavery, or ties the specific contexts of slavery during the Revolutionary War to the writing of the slavery provisions of the Constitution.
Tracy K. Smith, author of Life on Mars and winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, selected F. Douglas Brown's ZERO TO THREE as the winner of the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize.
The poems in ZERO TO THREE focus on parenting and, more specifically, fatherhood in the midst of difficult situations and current events, such as Travyon Martin, Hurricane Katrina, and the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. ZERO TO THREE refers to the developmental period (conception to toddler age) that many clinicians and pediatricians believe is the most fundamental period for children whose delicate brains are undergoing drastic and formative change. Research also shows that parents, too, undergo formative change during this period alongside their children. ZERO TO THREE celebrates pop culture and family and laments the anguish and frustration of a parent losing a parent or a parent losing their temper, all while rejoicing in the fact that parenting is a wonderful mystery to witness.