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Blues Legacies and Black Feminism
Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday
Written by Angela Y. Davis


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 26, 1999
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77126-5 (0-679-77126-3)

Angela Davis gives us a new, radically transforming interpretation of the lives and music of three of the greatest singers of the 20th century. She uses the biographies, careers, and performances of recorded songs by Bessie Smith, "Ma" Rainey, and Billie Holiday--the African-American women who dominated American popular music between 1910... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Blake
or; The Huts of America
Written by Martin R. Delany


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: June 1, 1971
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6419-1 (0-8070-6419-X)

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Having Our Say
The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years
Written by Sarah L. Delany, A. Elizabeth Delany and Amy Hill Hearth


Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Dell
On Sale: September 1, 1994
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-440-22042-8 (0-440-22042-4)

The Delany sisters speak their mind in a book that is at once a vital historical record and a moving portrait of two remarkable women who continued to love, laugh, and embrace life after over a hundred years of living side by side.

Their sharp memories reveal the post-Reconstruction South and... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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Gather at the Table
The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade
Written by Thomas Norman DeWolf and Sharon Morgan


Format: Trade Paperback, 232 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 15, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1444-8 (0-8070-1444-3)

Two people–a black woman and a white man–confront the legacy of slavery and racism head-on

Thomas DeWolf–a descendent of slaveholders–and Sharon Morgan–a descendent of slaves–come together to openly discuss how the legacy of slavery and racism has impacted their lives. Together, they disclose the various difficulties and rewards they experience... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Gather at the Table
The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade
Written by Thomas Norman DeWolf and Sharon Morgan


Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 9, 2012
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1441-7 (0-8070-1441-9)

Two people–a black woman and a white man–confront the legacy of slavery and racism head-on

Thomas DeWolf–a descendent of slaveholders–and Sharon Morgan–a descendent of slaves–come together to openly discuss how the legacy of slavery and racism has impacted their lives. Together, they disclose the various difficulties and rewards they experience... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Inheriting the Trade
A Northern Family Confronts Its Legacy as the Largest Slave-Trading Dynasty in U.S. History
Written by Thomas Norman DeWolf


Format: Trade Paperback, 280 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 1, 2009
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7282-0 (0-8070-7282-6)

In 2001, Thomas DeWolf discovered that he was related to the most successful slave-trading family in U.S. history, responsible for transporting at least ten thousand Africans. This is his memoir of the journey in which ten family members retraced their ancestors’ steps through the notorious triangle trade route–from New England to... Read more >
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Visions of a Better World
Howard Thurman's Pilgrimage to India and the Origins of African American Nonviolence
Written by Quinton Dixie and Peter Eisenstadt


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 30, 2011
Price: $34.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0045-8 (0-8070-0045-0)

The first biographical exploration of one of the most important African American religious thinkers of the twentieth century--Howard Thurman--and of the pivotal trip he took to India that ultimately shaped the course of the civil rights movement.

In 1935, Howard Thurman took a trip to India that would forever change him. He... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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My Bondage and My Freedom

Written by Frederick Douglass
Introduction by John Stauffer


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 14, 2003
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7031-9 (0-8129-7031-4)

My Bondage and My Freedom,” writes John Stauffer in his Foreword, “[is] a deep meditation on the meaning of slavery, race, and freedom, and on the power of faith and literacy, as well as a portrait of an individual and a nation a few years before the Civil War.” As his... Read more >
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An American Insurrection
James Meredith and the Battle of Oxford, Mississippi, 1962
Written by William Doyle


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 7, 2003
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49970-5 (0-385-49970-1)

Winner of the 2002 ABA Silver Gavel Award

In 1961, a black veteran named James Meredith applied for admission to the University of Mississippi — and launched a legal revolt against white supremacy in the most segregated state in America. Meredith’s challenge ultimately triggered what Time magazine called “the gravest conflict between... Read more >
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At the Hands of Persons Unknown
The Lynching of Black America
Written by Philip Dray


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 7, 2003
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75445-6 (0-375-75445-8)

Winner of:
the Southern Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction
the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award

Finalist for:
the Pulitzer Prize
the Los Angeles Times Book Prize

This extraordinary account of lynching in America, by acclaimed civil rights historian Philip Dray, shines a clear, bright light on American history’s darkest stain—illuminating its causes, perpetrators, apologists... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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John Brown

Written by W.E.B. Du Bois
Edited by David R. Roediger


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 10, 2001
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-78353-4 (0-679-78353-9)

A moving cultural biography of abolitionist martyr John Brown, by one of the most important African-American intellectuals of the twentieth century.

In the history of slavery and its legacy, John Brown looms large as a hero whose deeds partly precipitated the Civil War. As Frederick Douglass wrote: "When John Brown stretched... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Souls of Black Folk

Written by W.E.B. Du Bois
Introduction by David L. Lewis


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 7, 2003
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-50911-7 (0-375-50911-9)

When first published in 1903, W.E.B. Du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk struck like a thunderclap, quickly establishing itself as a work that wholly redefined the history of the black experience in America, introducing the now famous “problem of the color line.” In decades since, its stature has only grown... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook and a paperback.

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Freedom in the Family
A Mother-Daughter Memoir of the Fight for Civil Rights
Written by Tananarive Due and Patricia Stephens Due


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: December 30, 2003
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-44734-0 (0-345-44734-4)

BCALA Literary Award Winner - 2004 (Fiction; Sponsored by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association)

Patricia Stephens Due fought for justice during the height of the Civil Rights era, surrendering her freedom to ensure that the rights of others might someday be protected.Patricia's daughter, Tananarive, grew up deeply enmeshed in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Speak Now Against The Day
The Generation Before the Civil Rights Movement in the South
Written by John Egerton


Format: eBook, 704 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: August 28, 2013
Price: $29.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-83457-7 (0-307-83457-3)

Speak Now Against the Day is the astonishing, little-known story of the Southerners who, in the generation before the Supreme Court outlawed school segregation and before Rosa Parks refused to surrender her seat on a Montgomery bus, challenged the validity of a white ruling class and a “separate but equal” division... Read more >

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Representations of Slavery
Race and Ideology in Southern Plantation Museums
Written by Jennifer L. Eichstedt and Stephen Small


Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 17, 2002
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-096-2 (1-58834-096-1)

How is slavery presented at the public and private plantation museums in the American South, almost 150 years after the Civil War? Jennifer L. Eichstedt and Stephen Small investigated this question in Virginia, Georgia, and Louisiana by touring more than one hundred plantation museums; twenty locations organized and run by African... Read more >

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Israel on the Appomattox
A Southern Experiment in Black Freedom from the 1790s Through the Civil War
Written by Melvin Patrick Ely


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 16, 2005
Price: $22.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76872-2 (0-679-76872-6)

WINNER OF THE BANCROFT PRIZE
WINNER OF THE ALBERT J. BEVERIDGE AWARD
WINNER OF THE WESLEY-LOGAN PRIZE
FINALIST FOR THE FREDERICK DOUGLASS and JOHN HOPE FRANKLIN PRIZES

Thomas Jefferson denied that whites and liberated blacks could live together in harmony. His cousin, Richard Randolph, not only disagreed, but made it possible for ninety African... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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The Messenger
The Rise and Fall of Elijah Muhammad
Written by Karl Evanzz


Format: Trade Paperback, 704 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 9, 2001
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77406-8 (0-679-77406-8)

Here is the eagerly anticipated paperback edition of the definitive biography of Elijah Muhammad (né Elija Poole), a sharecropper's son with a fourth-grade education who became one of the most controversial Americans of the twentieth century, the founder and "Prophet" of the Nation of Islam, a movement dedicated to black separatism... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Uncommon Ground
Archaeology and Early African America, 1650-1800
Written by Leland Ferguson


Format: Trade Paperback, 232 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 17, 2004
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-059-9 (1-56098-059-1)

Winner of the Southern Anthropological Society’s prestigious James Mooney Award, Uncommon Ground takes a unique archaeological approach to examining early African American life. Ferguson shows how black pioneers worked within the bars of bondage to shape their distinct identity and lay a rich foundation for the multicultural adjustments that became colonial... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckly
The Remarkable Story of the Friendship Between a First Lady and a Former Slave
Written by Jennifer Fleischner


Format: Trade Paperback, 396 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: February 10, 2004
Price: $16.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0259-5 (0-7679-0259-9)

Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckly is a vibrant social history set against the backdrop of the Antebellum south and the Civil War that recreates the lives and friendship of two exceptional women: First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln and her mulatto dressmaker, Elizabeth Keckly.

Historian Jennifer Fleischner allows us to glimpse the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Negro Church in America/The Black Church Since Frazier

Written by E. Franklin Frazier


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: January 13, 1974
Price: $12.76
ISBN: 978-0-8052-0387-5 (0-8052-0387-7)

This volume contains Frazier's classic study of the black church and a complementary essay in which Lincoln writes that the civil rights movement started the splintering of the traditional black church in America. No longer the dependent bastion of Black prudence, Lincoln argues that Black institutional religion has assumed a new... Read more >

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Divided We Fail
The Story of an African American Community That Ended the Era of School Desegregation
Written by Sarah Garland


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 29, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0177-6 (0-8070-0177-5)

In 2007, a court case originally filed in Louisville, Kentucky, was argued before the Supreme Court and officially ended the era of school desegregation– both changing how schools across America handle race and undermining the most important civil rights cases of the last century. Of course, this wasn’t the first federal... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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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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