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"This is a valuable project. The editors are excellent, well-known scholars, and activists in the academy." --Darlene Clark Hine Traps is the first anthology of writings by 19th- and 20th-century African American men on the overlapping categories of race, gender, and sexuality. Monolithic constructions of gender and sexuality, reinforced by sexism and historical sanctioned homophobia, are the "traps" that give this book its focus and its title. Authors include: Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. Du Bois, Bayard Rustin, Manning Marable, Derrick Bell, James Baldwin, Charles Johnson, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Huey Newton, Cornel West, and Kalamu ya Salaam.