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Stride Toward Freedom
The Montgomery Story
Introduction by Clayborne Carson


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 1, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0069-4 (0-8070-0069-8)

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s account of the first successful large-scale application of nonviolence resistance in America is comprehensive, revelatory, and intimate. King described his book as “the chronicle of fifty thousand Negroes who took to heart the principles of nonviolence, who learned to fight for their rights with the weapon of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Stride Toward Freedom
The Montgomery Story
Introduction by Clayborne Carson


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 1, 2010
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0073-1 (0-8070-0073-6)

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s account of the first successful large-scale application of nonviolence resistance in America is comprehensive, revelatory, and intimate. King described his book as “the chronicle of fifty thousand Negroes who took to heart the principles of nonviolence, who learned to fight for their rights with the weapon of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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"Thou, Dear God"
Prayers That Open Hearts and Spirits
Edited by Lewis V. Baldwin


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 4, 2014
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8608-7 (0-8070-8608-8)

“Thou, Dear God” is the first and only collection of sixty-eight prayers by Martin Luther King, Jr. Arranged thematically in six parts--with prayers for spiritual guidance, special occasions, times of adversity, times of trial, uncertain times, and social justice--Baptist minister and King scholar Lewis Baldwin introduces the book and each section... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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"Thou, Dear God"
Prayers That Open Hearts and Spirits
Edited by Lewis V. Baldwin


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 29, 2011
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8603-2 (0-8070-8603-7)

“Thou, Dear God” is the first and only collection of sixty-eight prayers by Martin Luther King, Jr. Arranged thematically in six parts--with prayers for spiritual guidance, special occasions, times of adversity, times of trial, uncertain times, and social justice--Baptist minister and King scholar Lewis Baldwin introduces the book and each section... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Where Do We Go from Here
Chaos or Community?
Foreword by Coretta Scott King
Introduction by Vincent Harding


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 1, 2010
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0076-2 (0-8070-0076-0)

In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., isolated himself from the demands of the civil rights movement, rented a house in Jamaica with no telephone, and labored over his final manuscript. In this prophetic work, which has been unavailable for more than ten years, he lays out his thoughts, plans, and... Read more >
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Where Do We Go from Here
Chaos or Community?
Foreword by Coretta Scott King
Introduction by Vincent Harding


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 1, 2010
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0067-0 (0-8070-0067-1)

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

In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., isolated himself from the demands of the civil rights movement, rented a house in Jamaica with no telephone, and labored over his final manuscript. In this prophetic work, which... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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A Gift of Love
Sermons from Strength to Love and Other Preachings
Written by Martin Luther Jr. King
Foreword by Coretta Scott King


Format: Trade Paperback, 200 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 27, 2012
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0063-2 (0-8070-0063-9)

The classic collection of sixteen sermons preached and compiled by Dr. King.

As Dr. King prepared for the Birmingham campaign in early 1963, he drafted the final sermons for Strength to Love, a volume of his most well-known homilies. King had begun working on the sermons during a fortnight in jail... Read more >

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Simple Justice
The History of Brown v. Board of Education and Black America's Struggle for Equality
Written by Richard Kluger


Format: Trade Paperback, 880 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3061-3 (1-4000-3061-7)

“The definitive account...of the struggle for black equality in America.” —The Nation


The 1954 decision by the Supreme Court of the United States in the case of Brown v. Board of Education (of Topeka, Kansas) brought centuries of legal segregation in this country to an end. It was and is without question... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Mighty Long Way
My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School
Written by Carlotta Walls Lanier and Lisa Frazier Page
Foreword by Bill Clinton


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: July 27, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-51101-0 (0-345-51101-8)

Selected for Common Reading at :

Colorado Mountain College
Evergreen State College
Frank Phillips Community College
Hood College
University of Illinois at Springfield


"Carlotta Walls LaNier's A Mighty Long Way is a riveting account of nine brave high school students and their families in a quest for quality desegregated public education. What happened in Little Rock... Read more >
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A Mighty Long Way
My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School
Written by Carlotta Walls Lanier and Lisa Frazier Page
Foreword by Bill Clinton


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: August 25, 2009
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-51100-3 (0-345-51100-X)

"Carlotta Walls LaNier's A Mighty Long Way is a riveting account of nine brave high school students and their families in a quest for quality desegregated public education. What happened in Little Rock in 1957 resulted in America's greatest constitutional crisis since the Civil War. Carlotta's account of events inside and... Read more >
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Bound for the Promised Land
Harriet Tubman: Portrait of an American Hero
Written by Kate Clifford Larson


Format: Trade Paperback, 440 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: December 28, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-45628-1 (0-345-45628-9)

Harriet Tubman is one of the giants of American history—a fearless visionary who led scores of her fellow slaves to freedom and battled courageously behind enemy lines during the Civil War. And yet in the nine decades since her death, next to nothing has been written about this extraordinary woman aside... Read more >
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New York Burning
Liberty, Slavery, and Conspiracy in Eighteenth-Century Manhattan
Written by Jill Lepore


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 8, 2006
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3226-6 (1-4000-3226-1)

Pulitzer Prize Finalist
Anisfield-Wolf Award Winner


Over a frigid few weeks in the winter of 1741, ten fires blazed across Manhattan. With each new fire, panicked whites saw more evidence of a slave uprising. In the end, thirteen black men were burned at the stake, seventeen were hanged and more than one hundred... Read more >
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Black Women in White America
A Documentary History
Edited by Gerda Lerner


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 17, 1992
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74314-9 (0-679-74314-6)

Recipient of the 2002 Bruce Catton Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Historical Writing

In this "stunning collection of documents" (Washington Post Book World), African-American women speak of themselves, their lives, ambitions, and struggles from the colonial period to the present day. Theirs are stories of oppression and survival, of family and community... Read more >

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The First Emancipator
Slavery, Religion, and the Quiet Revolution of Robert Carter
Written by Andrew Levy


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 9, 2007
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-76104-1 (0-375-76104-7)

“[Andrew Levy] brings a literary sensibility to the study of history, and has written a richly complex book, one that transcends Carter’s story to consider larger questions of individual morality and national memory.”
–The New York Times Book Review

In 1791, Robert Carter III, a pillar of Virginia’s Colonial aristocracy, broke with his... Read more >
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The Many-Headed Hydra
Sailors, Slaves, Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic
Written by Peter Linebaugh and Marcus Rediker


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 3, 2013
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3317-3 (0-8070-3317-0)

Winner of the International Labor History Award

Long before the American Revolution and the Declaration of the Rights of Man, a motley crew of sailors, slaves, pirates, laborers, market women, and indentured servants had ideas about freedom and equality that would forever change history. The Many Headed-Hydra recounts their stories in a... Read more >
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Been in the Storm So Long
The Aftermath of Slavery
Written by Leon F. Litwack


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 1980
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-74398-1 (0-394-74398-9)

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award

Based on hitherto unexamined sources: interviews with ex-slaves, diaries and accounts by former slaveholders, this “rich and admirably written book” (Eugene Genovese, The New York Times Book Review) aims to show how, during the Civil War and after Emancipation, blacks and whites... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Harriet Tubman
Imagining a Life
Written by Beverly Lowry


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 10, 2008
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72177-6 (0-385-72177-3)

From the award-winning novelist and biographer Beverly Lowry comes an astonishing re-imagining of the remarkable life of Harriet Tubman, the “Moses of Her People.”

Tubman was an escaped slave, lumberjack, laundress, raid leader, nurse, fund-raiser, cook, intelligence gatherer, Underground Railroad organizer, and abolitionist. In Harriet Tubman, Lowry creates a portrait enriched with... Read more >
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Harriet Tubman
Imagining a Life
Written by Beverly Lowry


Format: Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: June 12, 2007
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-50291-7 (0-385-50291-5)

“I am at peace with God and all mankind.”
—Harriet Tubman to Mary Talbert, on the occasion of their last visit, 1913
Now, from the award-winning novelist and biographer, an astonishing reimagining of the remarkable life of Harriet Tubman—the “Moses of Her People.”

During her lifetime Harriet Tubman was an escaped slave, lumberjack, laundress... Read more >
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Her Dream of Dreams
The Rise and Triumph of Madam C. J. Walker
Written by Beverly Lowry


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 11, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76803-6 (0-679-76803-3)

I am a woman that came from the cotton fields of the South; I was promoted from there to the wash-tub; then I was promoted to the cook kitchen, and from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations.” —Madam C. J. Walker, National Negro Business... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Autobiography of Malcolm X

Written by Malcolm X


Format: Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: October 12, 1987
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-35068-8 (0-345-35068-5)

Now an established classic of modern American literature, a book that expresses like none other the issues of race and racism in our time. This is the story of an activist whose voice and philosophy resonate from every page and whose experiences and intelligence continue to speak to millions about the... Read more >
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What's Going On

Written by Nathan Mc Call


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 29, 1998
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70150-4 (0-375-70150-8)

In What's Going On, McCall firmly establishes himself as a commentator for our times, drawing on personal experience and current events to deconstruct the social, cultural, and political tensions that, in clearly seen and not so obvious ways, affect us every day. With his trademark blend of honesty, originality, and insight... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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At the Dark End of the Street
Black Women, Rape, and Resistance--A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power
Written by Danielle L. McGuire


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38924-4 (0-307-38924-3)

Rosa Parks was often described as a sweet and reticent elderly woman whose tired feet caused her to defy segregation on Montgomery’s city buses, and whose supposedly solitary, spontaneous act sparked the 1955 bus boycott that gave birth to the civil rights movement.

The truth of who Rosa Parks was and... Read more >
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At the Dark End of the Street
Black Women, Rape, and Resistance--A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power
Written by Danielle L. McGuire


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 7, 2010
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26906-5 (0-307-26906-X)

Winner of the Frederick Jackson Turner Award

In a supposedly solitary, spontaneous act, Rosa Parks sparked the 1955 bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama, which gave birth to the civil rights movement. Parks is often described as an unassuming woman whose fatigue caused her to defy the Jim Crow laws. The truth of... Read more >
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The Negro's Civil War
How American Blacks Felt and Acted During the War for the Union
Written by James M. McPherson


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 14, 2003
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3390-4 (1-4000-3390-X)

In this classic study, Pulitzer Prize-winning author James M. McPherson deftly narrates the experience of blacks--former slaves and soldiers, preachers, visionaries, doctors, intellectuals, and common people--during the Civil War. Drawing on contemporary journalism, speeches, books, and letters, he presents an eclectic chronicle of their fears and hopes as well as their... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Voices in Our Blood
America's Best on the Civil Rights Movement
Written by Jon Meacham


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 7, 2003
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75881-2 (0-375-75881-X)

Voices in Our Blood is a literary anthology of the most important and artful interpretations of the civil rights movement, past and present. It showcases what forty of the nation's best writers—including Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, Alice Walker, Robert Penn Warren, Eudora Welty, and Richard... Read more >
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