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Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and the director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. He is editor in chief of the Oxford African American Studies Center and of the daily online magazine The Root. He has received more than forty honorary degrees from institutions the world over.

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
An American Slave
Written by Frederick Douglass
Introduction by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.


Format: eBook, 176 pages
Publisher: Dell
On Sale: July 6, 2011
Price: $6.99

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
An American Slave
Written by Frederick Douglass
Introduction by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.


Format: Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Dell
On Sale: January 2, 1997
Price: $6.99

Born a slave in Maryland circa 1817, Frederick Douglass went on to become the most influential and distinguished African American of the nineteenth century. As an abolitionist, newspaper publisher, orator and statesman, Douglass dedicated his life to the triumph of freedom over oppression for all black Americans.



Published shortly after his escape... Read more >
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Colored People

Written by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 11, 1995
Price: $15.00

Gates's memoir of his early life in the mill town of Piedmont, West Virginia in the 1950s and 1960s takes readers into the world of a small, intimate, middle-class "colored" community in all its warmth, complexity, and unapologetic pride. It was a time when the United States was just crossing the... Read more >
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Colored People

Written by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.


Format: eBook, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 6, 2011
Price: $13.99

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Finding Oprah's Roots
Finding Your Own
Written by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.


Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: January 23, 2007
Price: $19.95

FINDING OPRAH'S ROOTS will not only endow students with a new appreciation for the key contributions made by history’s unsung, but it will also equip some with the necessary tools to connect to pivotal figures in their own past.

For Oprah, the path back to the past was emotion-filled and profoundly... Read more >
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Finding Oprah's Roots
Finding Yours
Written by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.


Format: eBook
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: January 23, 2007
Price: $11.99

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The Future of the Race

Written by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Cornel West


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 14, 1997
Price: $15.95

Almost one-hundred years ago, W.E.B. Du Bois proposed the notion of the "talented tenth," an African American elite that would serve as leaders and models for the larger black community. In this unprecedented collaboration, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Cornel West—two of Du Bois's most prominent intellectual descendants—reassess that relationship and... Read more >
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The Future of the Race

Written by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Cornel West


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 20, 2011
Price: $11.99

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In Search of Our Roots
How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past
Written by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.


Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: January 27, 2009
Price: $27.50

Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation, American Library Association

For too long, African Americans’ family trees have been barren of branches, but, very recently, advanced genetic testing techniques, combined with archival research, have begun to fill in the gaps. Here, scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., backed by an elite team of geneticists and... Read more >
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In Search of Our Roots
How l9 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past
Written by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.


Format: eBook
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: January 27, 2009
Price: $16.99

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Life Upon These Shores
Looking at African American History, 1513-2008
Written by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 29, 2013
Price: $35.00

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., gives us a sumptuously illustrated landmark book tracing African American history from the arrival of the conquistadors to the election of Barack Obama.

Informed by the latest, sometimes provocative scholarship and including more than seven hundred images—ancient maps, fine art, documents, photographs, cartoons, posters—Life Upon These Shores focuses... Read more >
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Life Upon These Shores
Looking at African American History, 1513-2008
Written by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.


Format: Hardcover, 512 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 22, 2011
Price: $50.00

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., gives us a sumptuously illustrated landmark book tracing African American history from the arrival of the conquistadors to the election of Barack Obama.

Informed by the latest, sometimes provocative scholarship and including more than seven hundred images—ancient maps, fine art, documents, photographs, cartoons, posters—Life Upon These Shores focuses... Read more >
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Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Man

Written by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.


Format: eBook, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 8, 2011
Price: $9.99

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Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Man

Written by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 3, 1998
Price: $14.00

"This is a book of stories," writes Henry Louis Gates, "and all might be described as 'narratives of ascent.'" As some remarkable men talk about their lives, many perspectives on race and gender emerge. The notion of the unitary black man, Gates argues, is as imaginary as the creature that the... Read more >
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Three Classic African-American Novels
Clotel, Iola Leary, The Marrow of Tradition
Written by William W. Brown, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper and Charles Chesnutt
Edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Introduction by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 768 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 11, 1990
Price: $21.00

Originally published between 1853 and 1901, these three novels represent the beginnings of the black literary tradition in the United States. They have now been collected in one volume for the first time, edited and with and introduction by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Clotel, or The President's Daughter by William Wells Brown... Read more >

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Wonders of the African World

Written by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: January 16, 2001
Price: $24.95

The Companion Volume to the PBS Television Series

Wonders of the African World is an exuberant, visually stunning journey across Africa and through the history of its glorious but forgotten civilizations.

Traveling by camel, by dhow, by Land Cruiser, and on foot, the renowned scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., takes us to twelve... Read more >

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Our Nig
or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black
Written by Harriet E. Wilson
Edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Richard J. Ellis


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 20, 2011
Price: $15.00

With a New Introduction and Notes by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Richard J. Ellis

A fascinating fusion of two literary models of the nineteenth century, the sentimental novel and the slave narrative, Our Nig, apart from its historical significance, is a deeply ironic and highly readable work, tracing the trials and... Read more >
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Our Nig
or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black
Written by Harriet E. Wilson
Edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 20, 2011
Price: $11.99

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