My Books – Why I Write

I write about things that anger and inspire me: capitalism and radical resistance; racism and the fight against it. The rulers of our society not only try to tell us things that are untrue to keep us divided, but keep us from knowing stories we need to live, stories of solidarity.

Stories of liberation and emancipation

Each of my books is an exercise in ‘truth-telling’ about how ordinary people – commoners, workers, activists, students, writers, artists, intellectuals – devise means of thinking their own liberation and emancipation. I am interested in how the radicalism of famous people like W.E.B. Du Bois has been hidden from us by anti-communism and the Cold War, and how the creative resistance of unheralded people, like activists on the South Side of Chicago during the depression, is a story equally worth telling.

My scholarship and writing is dedicated to the idea that stories of the underdogs are more important that stories of victors, and that what’s most important, as Howard Zinn once said, is not who is sitting in the White House, but who is sitting in.

My Authored Books

Un-American: W.E.B. DuBois and the Century of World Revolution Read more Link to publisher

W.E.B.Du Bois: Revolutionary Across the Color Line Read more Link to publisher

Afro-Orientalism: Reveals a century of political solidarity uniting Asians and African Americans Read more Link to publisher

Popular Fronts: Chicago and African-American Cultural Politics,1935-46 Read more Link to publisher

My Edited Books

My edited works have been done in collaboration with some of the best scholars and activists I know.

Against Apartheid: The case for boycotting Israeli universities. Edited by Bill Mullen and Ashley Dawson. Read more Link to publisher

Afro-Asia: Revolutionary political & cultural connections between African American & Asian Americans. Edited by Bill Mullen and Fred Ho. Read more Link to publisher

W.E.B. Du Bois on Asia: Crossing the world color line. Edited by Bill Mullen and Cathryn J. Merla-Watson Read more Link to publisher

Radical Revisions: Rereading 1930s culture. Edited by Bill Mullen and Sherry Lee Linkon Read more Link to publisher

Left of the Color Line: Race radicalism and twentieth century literature of the United States. Edited by Bill Mullen and Jim Smethurst Read more Link to publisher

Revolutionary Tales: African-American women’s short stories from the first story to the present. Edited by Bill Mullen Read more Link to publisher

Interviews about the books

“Across the Color Line.” With Scott McLemee. Inside Higher Education. October 12, 2016. Link to full interview

“W.E.B. Du Bois and World Revolution: An Interview with Bill V. Mullen.” AAIH. Phillip Sinitiere. Oct. 18, 2016. Link to full interview

“W.E.B. Du Bois: Revolutionary Across the Color Line.” Interview with James Stancil. New Books Network. Dec. 17, 2016. Link to full interview

Testimonial

“This site takes its impetus, its hope, from those pushing back collectively against all varieties of exploitation and oppression. It is motivated especially by exceptional struggles around the world to which its creator has been a part: anti-capitalist fights for socialism; the struggle for a Free Palestine and BDS; anti-racism; the fight against creeping fascism.”
 

 

Keywords: Radicalism, AfricanAmericans, Communism, AfroOrientalism, Popular Front, W.E.B. Du Bois, Chicago Renaissance, Solidarity, Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions, Israeli Apartheid, BDS, Palestine, Occupation, Afro-Asia, Color Line, Marxism