University Press Week Blog Tour: Listicle

University Press Week is November 8-12. The UP Blog Tour will feature entries all week long that celebrate this year’s theme, “Keep UP.” This year marks the 10th anniversary of UP Week, and the university press community will celebrate how university presses have evolved over the past decade.  

Honoring today’s theme of Listicle, we provide a list of some of Temple University Press’ most influential books

Tasting Freedom
This gripping biography of the extraordinary Octavius Catto and the first civil rights movement in America wasn’t just a critical and commercial darling, it helped get a the first statue on Philadelphia public property to recognize a specific African American. 

Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts This Press bestseller, a veritable tour de force, asks: How do historians know what they know?  Now we know!

The Afrocentric Idea A groundbreaking book by the Dean of African American Studies at Temple University. Don’t just take our word for it, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. called it, “a major book.” 

The Man-Not Introducing the conceptual foundations for Black Male Studies series, this award-winning book has become a cornerstone of the Press’ list.

Envisioning Emancipation/The Black Female Body Two volumes that celebrate images of Black Americans, (both coedited by Deborah Willis) these elegant photographic histories speak volumes about Black life and culture throughout history.

The Possessive Investment in Whiteness A landmark book that has been widely influential in revealing racial privilege at work in the 21st century.

The Gender Knot/The Forest and the Trees Classroom favorites for decades, these books respectively address sociology as a way of thinking and how gender inequality can be dismantled.

Orientals This key title in the Press’ Asian American History and Culture series won multiple awards for its contributions to race and popular culture.

Unsettled A fascinating account about Cambodian refugees in New York City’s hyperghetto. Widely reviewed and adopted, this is a title that shows just how impactful a first book from a University Press title can be.

Cheap Amusements We are amused that this book, about working women and leisure in turn-of-the-century New York, published back in 1987, has been one of the all-time top-selling Press books. 

Eagles Encyclopedias/Finished Business These books are beloved by Philadelphians in particular, and sports fans in general, and by Temple University Press always and forever.  

The Disability Rights Movement An encyclopedic history of the struggle for disability rights in the United States, as told by two sisters, is a cornerstone of our list. 

Philadelphia Murals books A collaboration with one of Philadelphia’s greatest institutions, the Mural Arts Project, has yielded three inspiring volumes that speak not only to the importance of public art programs, but to themes of social justice and communal healing.

Engineering Culture A classic text on the sociology of management and organization.

Acres of Diamonds Temple University founder Russell H. Conwell’s influential speech about finding riches in one’s own backyard.

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