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The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano
or, Gustavus Vassa, the African
Written by Olaudah Equiano
Edited by Shelly Eversley
Introduction by Robert Reid-Pharr


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 11, 2004
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76115-7 (0-375-76115-2)

Edited and with Notes by Shelly Eversley
Introduction by Robert Reid-Pharr

“Equiano’s Narrative was so richly structured that it became the prototype of the nineteenth-century slave narrative.”
—Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

In this truly astonishing eighteenth-century memoir, Olaudah Equiano recounts his remarkable life story, which begins when he is kidnapped in Africa as a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Nobody Turn Me Around
A People's History of the 1963 March on Washington
Written by Charles Euchner


Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: July 12, 2011
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0155-4 (0-8070-0155-4)

Selected as a 2011 University Press Book for Public and Secondary School Libraries
Rated O - Outstanding

On August 28, 1963, over a quarter-million people–two-thirds black and one-third white–held the greatest civil rights demonstration ever. In this major reinterpretation of the Great Day–the peak of the movement–Charles Euchner brings back the tension and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Racecraft
The Soul of Inequality in American Life
Written by Karen E. Fields and Barbara J. Fields


Format: Trade Paperback, 310 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-313-2 (1-78168-313-1)

Most people assume that racism grows from a perception of human difference: the fact of race gives rise to the practice of racism. Sociologist Karen E. Fields and historian Barbara J. Fields argue otherwise: the practice of racism produces the illusion of race, through what they call “racecraft.” And this phenomenon... Read more >

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The Obamas
The Untold Story of an African Family
Written by Peter Firstbrook


Format: Trade Paperback, 360 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: February 8, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-59141-8 (0-307-59141-7)

"Fascinating...adds many interesting details to what we know of the President’s heritage."
--David Remnick, TheNewYorker.com

On January 20, 2009, a few hundred men, women, and children gathered under trees in the twilight at K’obama, a village on the shores of Lake Victoria in western Kenya. Barack Obama’s rise to the American presidency had... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Planetwalker
22 Years of Walking. 17 Years of Silence.
Written by John Francis, Ph.D.


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: April 21, 2009
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0405-0 (1-4262-0405-1)

2008 Freshman English Common Reading Selection for University of South Carolina Upstate

When the struggle to save oil-soaked birds and restore blackened beaches left him feeling frustrated and helpless, John Francis decided to take a more fundamental and personal stand—he stopped using all forms of motorized transportation. Soon after embarking on this... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Planetwalker
22 Years of Walking. 17 Years of Silence.
Written by John Francis, Ph.D.


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: April 8, 2008
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0275-9 (1-4262-0275-X)

2008 Freshman English Common Reading Selection for University of South Carolina Upstate

When the struggle to save oil-soaked birds and restore blackened beaches left him feeling frustrated and helpless, John Francis decided to take a more fundamental and personal stand—he stopped using all forms of motorized transportation. Soon after embarking on this... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Waking from the Dream

Edited by Sam Fulwood, III


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 19, 1997
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-47823-6 (0-385-47823-2)

Sam Fulwood was an integration baby. He came of age during the post-civil rights era, a time when middle-class blacks--many carrying the scars of segregation and the struggles of the movement--wholeheartedly embraced a belief in the unlimited possibilities available to the new generation. The son of educated, prosperous parents, Fulwood shared... Read more >

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The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

Written by Ernest J. Gaines


Format: Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: July 1, 1982
Price: $6.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-26357-2 (0-553-26357-9)

A "fictional autobiography" of a Black woman, born in slavery, who lives for 100 more years to see the second emancipation of her race is the amazing novel, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.

"Grand, robust, rich."—The New York Times Book Review

"This is a novel in the guise of the tape-recorded... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Laughing in the Dark
From Colored Girl to Woman of Color--A Journey From Prison to Power
Written by Patrice Gaines


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 1, 1995
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-48027-7 (0-385-48027-X)

An award-winning Washington Post reporter explores the twisted path she traveled to find her place as a confident black female in a world that values whiteness and maleness. Here is a rich and insightful story of a life lived on the edge by a woman formerly preoccupied with pleasing everyone but... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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
ISBN: 978-0-679-73919-7 (0-679-73919-X)

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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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
ISBN: 978-0-679-76378-9 (0-679-76378-3)

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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
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Don't Play in the Sun
One Woman's Journey Through the Color Complex
Written by Marita Golden


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 4, 2005
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7736-6 (1-4000-7736-2)

In a hard-hitting meditation on the role that color plays among African Americans and in wider society, Marita Golden dares to put herself on the line, expressing her fears and rage about how she has navigated through the color complex.

To be sure, this book is not a pity party—but, rather... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Migrations of the Heart
An Autobiography
Written by Marita Golden


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 4, 2005
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7831-8 (1-4000-7831-8)

In her classic memoir, distinguished author, television executive, and activist Marita Golden beautifully recounts an astounding journey to Africa and back.

Marita Golden was raised in Washington, D.C., by a mother who was a cleaning woman and a father who was taxi-driver. For all their struggles, with life and each other... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Saving Our Sons

Written by Marita Golden


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 1, 1995
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-47303-3 (0-385-47303-6)

“In a sensitive and beautifully written autobiographical testimony, novelist Golden . . . interweaves diary entries with her exploration of what it means to parent a black male adolescent in the turmoil of today’s society. Her understanding is heightened by the fact that for the first decade of his life she... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Skin Deep
Black Women & White Women Write About Race
Written by Marita Golden and Susan Shreve


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 1, 1996
Price: $11.96
ISBN: 978-0-385-47410-8 (0-385-47410-5)

This anthology of 25 essays, memoirs and works of fiction from well-known writers reflects the contemporary relationships (and non-relationships) between black and white women. Most selections were written specifically for Skin Deep. Contributors include Marita Golden, Toni Morrison, Joyce Carol Oates, Naomi Wolf, and bell hooks. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Word
Black Writers Talk About the Transformative Power of Reading and Writing
Written by Marita Golden


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: January 11, 2011
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2991-2 (0-7679-2991-8)

Critically acclaimed Black writers reveal how books have shaped their personal lives—in often unexpected ways.

In these thirteen strikingly candid interviews, bestselling authors, winners of the Pulitzer Prize, and writers picked by Oprah’s Book Club discuss how the acts of reading and writing have deeply affected their lives by expanding the conceptual... 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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Citizens of Nowhere
From Refugee Camp to Canadian Campus
Written by Debi Goodwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor Canada
On Sale: June 21, 2011
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-66723-4 (0-385-66723-X)

An inspiring story of courage, adaptation and determinaton — a year in the life of 11 refugee students entering universities across Canada.

"Most journalists have stories they never forget. This is mine."

When Debi Goodwin travelled to the Dadaab Refugee Camp in 2007 to shoot a documentary on young Somali refugees soon coming... 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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Making Whiteness
The Culture of Segregation in the South, 1890-1940
Written by Grace Elizabeth Hale


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 1, 1999
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77620-8 (0-679-77620-6)

Hale examines the roots of American racial mythology and ideology, showing how, in the wake of Reconstruction and the active citizenship of their ex-slaves, white southerners chose to establish their identity through a cultural system of violence and physical separation based on skin color. This culture of segregation, Hale argues, created... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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Sons of Mississippi
A Story of Race and Its Legacy
Written by Paul Hendrickson


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 6, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70425-3 (0-375-70425-6)

They stand as unselfconscious as if the photograph were being taken at a church picnic and not during one of the pitched battles of the civil rights struggle. None of them knows that the image will appear in Life magazine or that it will become an icon of its era. The... Read more >
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