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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
ISBN: 978-0-307-47685-2 (0-307-47685-5)

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 >
Also available as a hardcover.

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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
ISBN: 978-0-307-59342-9 (0-307-59342-8)

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 >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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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
ISBN: 978-0-679-77666-6 (0-679-77666-4)

"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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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Roll, Jordan, Roll
The World the Slaves Made
Written by Eugene D. Genovese


Format: Trade Paperback, 864 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 1976
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-71652-7 (0-394-71652-3)

Winner of the Bancroft Prize
Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Non-fiction


“The most profound, learned and detailed analysis of. . . slavery to appear since World War II. It covers an incredible range of topics and offers fresh insights on nearly every page. . . . Genovese’s great gift is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Stories of Scottsboro

Written by James Goodman


Format: Trade Paperback, 498 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 28, 1995
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76159-4 (0-679-76159-4)

To white Southerners, it was "a heinous and unspeakable crime" that flouted a taboo as old as slavery. To the Communist Party, which mounted the defense, the Scottsboro case was an ideal opportunity to unite issues of race and class. To jury after jury, the idea that nine black men had... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Paul Robeson
A Watched Man
Written by Jordan Goodman


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-131-2 (1-78168-131-7)

In his heyday, Paul Robeson was one of the most famous people in the world; to his enemies he was also one of the most dangerous. From the 1930s to the 1960s, the African-American singer was the voice of the people, both as a performer and as a political activist who... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Black Family in Slavery and Freedom, 1750-1925

Written by Herbert G. Gutman


Format: Trade Paperback, 768 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 12, 1977
Price: $29.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-72451-5 (0-394-72451-8)

This exhaustively researched history of black families in America from the days of slavery into the twentieth century "makes obsolete almost everything that has been written or said about the Black experience in the United States."--Charles E. Silberman

Contents

List of Charts
List of Illustrations
List of Tables

Part One: The Birthpangs of a World
1. Send... Read more >

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The Children

Written by David Halberstam


Format: Trade Paperback, 800 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 30, 1999
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-449-00439-5 (0-449-00439-2)

A New York Times notable book The Children is David Halberstam's brilliant and moving evocation of the early days of the civil rights movement, as seen through the story of the young people--the Children--who met in the 1960s and went on to lead the revolution.  Magisterial in scope, with a strong you-are-there... Read more >

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Black Power
Politics of Liberation in America
Written by Charles Hamilton and Kwame Ture


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 10, 1992
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-74313-2 (0-679-74313-8)

When first written in 1967, this revolutionary work exposed systemic racism in America and offered a vital framework for racial reform by calling upon African-Americans "to unite, to recognize their heritage, [and] to build a sense of community [in order to] operate effectively from a bargaining position of strength in a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Voices of Freedom
An Oral History of the Civil Rights Movement from the 1950s Through the 1980s
Written by Henry Hampton and Steve Fayer


Format: Trade Paperback, 720 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: February 1, 1991
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-35232-0 (0-553-35232-6)

Henry Hampton and Steve Fayer draw upon nearly one thousand interviews with civil rights activists, politicians, reporters, Justice Department officials, and hundreds of ordinary people who took part in the struggle, weaving a fascinating narrative of the Civil Rights Movement told by the people who lived it.

“An excellent example of solid... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Reimagining Equality
Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home
Written by Anita Hill


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 4, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1443-1 (0-8070-1443-5)

Through the stories of remarkable African American women, including her own great-great-grandmother, playwright Lorraine Hansberry, and Baltimore beauty-shop owner and housing-crisis survivor Anjanette Booker, Anita Hill demonstrates that the inclusive democracy our Constitution promises must be conceived with home in mind. From slavery to the Great Migration to the subprime mortgage... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Reimagining Equality
Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home
Written by Anita Hill


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1437-0 (0-8070-1437-0)

From the heroic lawyer who spoke out against Clarence Thomas in the historic confirmation hearings twenty years ago, Anita Hill’s first book since the best-selling Speaking Truth to Power.

On the 20th anniversary of the historic Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings, where she spoke out so courageously about workplace sexual harassment, Anita Hill... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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A Shining Thread of Hope

Written by Darlene Clark Hine and Kathleen Thompson


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: January 5, 1999
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0111-6 (0-7679-0111-8)

A Shining Thread of Hope is the inspiring and largely unknown story of the black female experience in the United States, co-authored by a pioneer in African American and women's history and an award-winning writer on race and gender. Encompassing both the panoramic story of black women in America and the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Shades of Glory
The Negro Leagues & the Story of African-American Baseball
Written by Lawrence D. Hogan
Foreword by Jules Tygiel


Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: January 31, 2006
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-7922-5306-8 (0-7922-5306-X)

Celebrating African America's contribution to our great national pastime, this comprehensive, lively history combines vivid narrative, visual impact, and a unique statistical component, to recreate the excitement and passion of the Negro Leagues. Packed with stories, biographical essays, scores of archival photographs and other evocative artifacts, it is an important contribution... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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Lady Sings the Blues the 50th Anniversary Edition

Written by Billie Holiday and William Dufty
Foreword by David Ritz


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: July 25, 2006
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2386-6 (0-7679-2386-3)

LADY SINGS THE BLUES is the fiercely honest, no-holds-barred autobiography of Billie Holiday, the legendary jazz, swing, and standards singing sensation. Taking the reader on a fast-moving journey from Holiday’s rough-and-tumble Baltimore childhood (where she ran errands at a whorehouse in exchange for the chance to listen to Louis Armstrong and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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On the Courthouse Lawn
Confronting the Legacy of Lynching in the Twenty-first Century
Written by Sherrilyn Ifill


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: December 1, 2007
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0988-8 (0-8070-0988-1)

Nearly 5,000 black Americans were lynched between 1890 and 1960. Over forty years later, Sherrilyn Ifill’s On the Courthouse Lawn examines the numerous ways that this racial trauma still resounds across the United States. While the lynchings and their immediate aftermath were devastating, the little-known contemporary consequences, such as the marginalization... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Dark Rain: A New Orleans Story

Written by Mat Johnson
Illustrated by Simone Gane


Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: Vertigo
On Sale: August 24, 2010
Price: $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-4012-2160-7 (1-4012-2160-2)

In the days after Hurricane Katrina, two men travel to a devastated New Orleans to pull off the bank heist of a lifetime. Up against the clock and eluding armed competitors, the men find themselves in the middle of one of the greatest humanitarian disasters in American history. All around them... Read more >

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Saving Savannah
The City and the Civil War
Written by Jacqueline Jones


Format: Trade Paperback, 546 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 3, 2009
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7816-5 (1-4000-7816-4)

In this masterful portrait of life in Savannah before, during, and after the Civil War, prizewinning historian Jacqueline Jones transports readers to the balmy, raucous streets of that fabled Southern port city. This is a subtle and rich social history that weaves together stories of the everyday lives of blacks and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Freedom Dreams
The Black Radical Imagination
Written by Robin D.G. Kelley


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 15, 2003
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0977-2 (0-8070-0977-6)

Kelley unearths freedom dreams in this exciting history of renegade intellectuals and artists of the African Diaspora in the twentieth century. Focusing on the visions of activists from C. L. R. James to Aime Cesaire and Malcolm X, Kelley writes of the hope that Communism offered, the mindscapes of Surrealism, the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Yo' Mama's Disfunktional!
Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America
Written by Robin D.G. Kelley


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 17, 1998
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0941-3 (0-8070-0941-5)

In this vibrant, thought-provoking book, Kelley, “the pre-eminent historian of black popular culture writing today” (Cornel West) shows how the multicolored urban working class is the solution to the ills of American cities. He undermines widespread misunderstandings of black culture and shows how they have contributed to the failure of social... Read more >

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Nigger
The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word
Written by Randall Kennedy


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 14, 2003
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71371-2 (0-375-71371-9)

It’s “the nuclear bomb of racial epithets,” a word that whites have employed to wound and degrade African Americans for three centuries. Paradoxically, among many black people it has become a term of affection and even empowerment. The word, of course, is nigger, and in this candid, lucidly argued book the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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"All Labor Has Dignity"

Edited by Michael K. Honey


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 10, 2012
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8602-5 (0-8070-8602-9)

An unprecedented and timely collection of Dr. King’s speeches on labor rights and economic justice

Covering all the civil rights movement highlights--Montgomery, Albany, Birmingham, Selma, Chicago, and Memphis--award-winning historian Michael K. Honey introduces and traces Dr. King’s dream of economic equality. Gathered in one volume for the first time, the majority... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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"All Labor Has Dignity"

Edited by Michael K. Honey


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 11, 2011
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8600-1 (0-8070-8600-2)

An unprecedented and timely collection of Dr. King’s speeches on labor rights and economic justice.

People forget that Dr. King was every bit as committed to economic justice as he was to ending racial segregation. As we struggle with massive unemployment, a staggering racial wealth gap, and the near collapse... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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"In a Single Garment of Destiny"
A Global Vision of Justice
Edited by Lewis V. Baldwin
Foreword by Charlayne Hunter-Gault


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 14, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8607-0 (0-8070-8607-X)

An unprecedented and timely collection that captures the global vision of Dr. King–in his own words.

Too many people continue to think of Dr. King only as “a southern civil rights leader” or “an American Gandhi,” thus ignoring his impact on poor and oppressed people around the world. In a Single Garment... Read more >

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MLK
A Celebration in Word and Image
Edited by Bob Adelman
Introduction by Charles Johnson


Format: Hardcover, 64 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 25, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0316-9 (0-8070-0316-6)

A stunning collection of photographs of and quotations by Dr. King compiled by renowned photojournalist Bob Adelman.

A striking collection of twenty-nine black-and-white images combined with powerful quotations by Dr. King, MLK: A Celebration in Word and Image is a photo-biography of one of America’s greatest figures. Here we see King in... Read more >
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