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Snow-Storm in August
Washington City, Francis Scott Key, and the Forgotten Race Riot of 1835
Written by Jefferson Morley


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
On Sale: July 3, 2012
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53337-9 (0-385-53337-3)

How the 19th Century struggle against slavery erupted in Washington DC, thrusting the ambitious District Attorney Francis Scott Key into a uniquely American battle for justice.

In 1835, the city of Washington pulsed with change. As newly freed African Americans from the South poured in, free blacks outnumbered slaves for the first... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Race-ing Justice, En-gendering Power
Essays on Anita Hill,Clarence Thomas & Constru
Written by Toni Morrison


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: October 6, 1992
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74145-9 (0-679-74145-3)

Morrison brings together eighteen provocative essays, all but one written especially for this book, by prominent and distinguished academics--black and white, male and female--that discuss the historical, political, cultural, psychological, legal, sexual, and linguistic ramifications of the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill affairs. With an Introduction by Toni Morrison.  

Contents

Introduction by Toni Morrison: Friday... Read more >

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The Blue Devils of Nada
A Contemporary American Approach to Aesthetic Statement
Written by Albert Murray


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 24, 1997
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75859-4 (0-679-75859-3)

Murray gives readers the redefined essence of his lifetime meditation on the blues as this musical style informs American life. Here are incisive essays on writing, music, and art that go beyond the social-science fiction of Negrohood to describe in no uncertain terms what it means to be American. Read more >
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The Grace of Silence
A Family Memoir
Written by Michele Norris


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 6, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47527-5 (0-307-47527-1)

A profoundly moving and deeply personal memoir by the co-host of National Public Radio’s flagship program All Things Considered.

While exploring the hidden conversation on race unfolding throughout America in the wake of President Obama’s election, Michele Norris discovered that there were painful secrets within her own family that had been... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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The Grace of Silence
A Memoir
Written by Michele Norris


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: September 21, 2010
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-37876-7 (0-307-37876-4)

In the wake of talk of a “post-racial America” upon the ascendance of Barack Obama as president of the United States, Michele Norris, host of National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, set out, through original reporting, to write a book about “the hidden conversation on race” that is going on in... Read more >
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Half and Half
Writers on Growing Up Biracial and Bicultural
Written by Claudine C. O'Hearn


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: June 9, 1998
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70011-8 (0-375-70011-0)

As we approach the twenty-first century, biracialism and biculturalism are becoming increasingly common. Skin color and place of birth are no longer reliable signifiers of one's identity or origin. Simple questions like "What are you?" and "Where are you from?" aren't answered--they are discussed. These eighteen essays, joined by a shared... Read more >
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Dreams from My Father
A Story of Race and Inheritance
Written by Barack Obama


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 10, 2004
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-8277-3 (1-4000-8277-3)

Selected for Common Reading at LaGuardia Community College, Quinnipiac University, Southern Methodist University, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Washington, Xavier University of Louisiana, and others.

In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches... Read more >

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Never Die Easy
The Autobiography of Walter Payton
Written by Walter Payton and Don Yaeger


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 11, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75821-8 (0-375-75821-6)

"Never die easy. Why run out of bounds and die easy? Make that linebacker pay. It carries into all facets of your life. It's okay to lose, to die, but don't die without trying, without giving it your best."

His legacy is towering. Walter Payton—the man they called Sweetness, for the... Read more >
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Quality Education as a Constitutional Right
Creating a Grassroots Movement to Transform Public Schools
Written by Theresa Perry, Robert P. Moses, Ernesto Cortes, Jr., Lisa Delpit and Joan T. Wynne


Format: Trade Paperback, 232 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 29, 2010
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3282-4 (0-8070-3282-4)

Legendary civil rights leader and education activist Robert Moses invited one hundred prominent African American and Latino intellectuals and activists to meet to discuss a proposal for a campaign to guarantee a quality education for all children as a constitutional right–a movement that would “transform current approaches to educational inequity, all... Read more >
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Young, Gifted, and Black
Promoting High Achievement among African-American Students
Written by Theresa Perry and Claude Steele
Edited by Asa Hilliard, III


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 2, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3105-6 (0-8070-3105-4)

Young, Gifted, and Black is a unique joint effort by three leading African-American scholars to radically reframe the debates swirling around the achievement of African-American students in school.

In three separate but allied essays, Theresa Perry, Claude Steele, and Asa Hilliard place students’ social identity as African-Americans at the very center of... Read more >

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Blackballed
The Black Vote and US Democracy
Written by Darryl Pinckney


Format: Hardcover, 112 pages
Publisher: New York Review Books
On Sale: September 30, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-769-3 (1-59017-769-X)

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New Orleans Under Reconstruction

Written by Carol M. Reese, Michael Sorkin and Anthony Fontenot
Foreword by Mike Davis


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: May 27, 2014
Price: $49.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-272-2 (1-78168-272-0)

When the levees broke in August 2005 as a result of Hurricane Katrina, 80 percent of the city of New Orleans was flooded, with a loss of 134,000 homes and 986 lives. In particular, the devastation hit the vulnerable communities the hardest: the old, the poor and the African American. The... Read more >
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God Who Looks Like Me

Written by Patricia Lyn Reilly


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: February 20, 1996
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-40233-2 (0-345-40233-2)

Childhood religious images of judgment, punishment, unworthiness, and shame, of male saviors, messiahs, and Higher Powers pursue all women into adulthood. Many women realize they must leave behind the traditional concepts and images for a more authentic spirituality, yet they find that the male symbols of God are deeply rooted in... Read more >

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Forty Million Dollar Slaves
The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete
Written by William C. Rhoden


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: July 24, 2007
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-35314-6 (0-307-35314-1)

From Jackie Robinson to Muhammad Ali and Arthur Ashe, African American athletes have been at the center of modern culture, their on-the-field heroics admired and stratospheric earnings envied. But for all their money, fame, and achievement, says New York Times columnist William C. Rhoden, black athletes still find themselves on the... Read more >
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Extraordinary, Ordinary People
A Memoir of Family
Written by Condoleezza Rice


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: October 11, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-88847-1 (0-307-88847-9)

"Former secretary of state Rice only briefly treats her tenure during the second Bush administration in favor of a straightforward, reverential chronicle of her upbringing under two teachers in the segregated Deep South. Rice acknowledges upfront the complicated, intertwined history of blacks and whites in America, which lent a lightening of... Read more >
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Killing the Black Body
Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty
Written by Dorothy Roberts


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 29, 1998
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75869-3 (0-679-75869-0)

This is a no-holds-barred response to the liberal and conservative retreat from an assertive, activist, and socially transformative civil rights agenda of recent years--using a black feminist lens and the issue of  the impact of recent legislation, social policy, and welfare "reform" on black women's--especially poor black women's--control over their bodies' autonomy... Read more >
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Disintegration
The Splintering of Black America
Written by Eugene Robinson


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2996-7 (0-7679-2996-9)

“There was a time when there were agreed-upon 'black leaders,' when there was a clear 'black agenda,' when we could talk confidently about 'the state of black America'—but not anymore.” —from Disintegration

The African American population in the United States has always been seen as a single entity: a “Black America” with... Read more >
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Disintegration
The Splintering of Black America
Written by Eugene Robinson


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: October 5, 2010
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-52654-8 (0-385-52654-7)

From Pulitzer Prize–winning columnist and commentator Eugene Robinson comes a paradigm-shifting book about race in America.

The African American population in the United States has always been seen as a single entity: a “Black America” with unified interests and needs. In his groundbreaking book Disintegration, longtime Washington Post journalist Eugene Robinson... Read more >
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Black on White
Black Writers on What It Means to Be White
Written by David R. Roediger


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: January 9, 1999
Price: $11.96
ISBN: 978-0-8052-1114-6 (0-8052-1114-4)

In this thought-provoking volume, David R. Roediger has brought together some of the most important black writers throughout history to explore the question: What does it really mean to be white in America?

From folktales and slave narratives to contemporary essays, poetry, and fiction, black writers have long been among America's keenest... Read more >
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Barbara Jordan
American Hero
Written by Mary Beth Rogers


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: January 4, 2000
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38066-8 (0-553-38066-4)

This seminal biography chronicles the life of the first black woman elected to the Texas State Senate and the first black woman from the South in the United States Congress. One of the most influential women of the 20th century, Barbara Jordan held an unwavering faith in the American people and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Color Complex (Revised)
The Politics of Skin Color in a New Millennium
Written by Kathy Russell, Midge Wilson, Ph.D. and Ronald Hall


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 8, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-74423-4 (0-307-74423-X)

This classic book on race and sociology was the first to discuss color discrimination within the African-American community. First published in 1992, it is now updated for the first time in two decades.

In 1992, journalist Kathy Russell, along with academics Midge Wilson and Ronald Hall, took on the subject of... Read more >
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Song for my Fathers

Written by Tom Sancton


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: April 20, 2010
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-376-7 (1-59051-376-2)

Song for My Fathers is the story of a young white boy driven by a consuming passion to learn the music and ways of a group of aging black jazzmen in the twilight years of the segregation era. Contemporaries of Louis Armstrong, most of them had played in local obscurity until... Read more >
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Madiba A to Z
The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela
Written by Danny Schechter


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 26, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-557-9 (1-60980-557-7)

From the makers of the major motion picture Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, a completely unique biography and thematic telling of the story of Nelson Mandela.  This book, which provided key source material for the film, is an unexpurgated collection of the views and opinions of South Africa’s first Black president, and it draws on... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Madiba A to Z
The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela
Written by Danny Schechter


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 26, 2013
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60980-559-3 (1-60980-559-3)

From the makers of the major motion picture Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, a completely unique biography and thematic telling of the story of Nelson Mandela.  This book, which provided key source material for the film, is an unexpurgated collection of the views and opinions of South Africa’s first Black president, and it draws on... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Growing Up X

Written by Ilyasah Shabazz


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: January 14, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-44496-7 (0-345-44496-5)

Growing Up X is a fascinating first-ever, close-up look at a family many have admired from afar. Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz, presents an in-depth look at life in the Shabazz household after the assassination of her father. Ilyasha also explores the complex emotions that manifest... Read more >
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