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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 >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook.

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Driving While Black
Highways, Shopping Malls, Taxi Cabs, Sidewalks: How to Fight Back if You Are a Victim of Racial Profiling
Written by Kenneth Meeks


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 16, 2000
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0549-7 (0-7679-0549-0)

An exposè on one of the most controversial, and relevant, topics in race relations within American society today. Driving While Black examines racial profiling in all situations, from the police officer who pulls over black drivers to a store clerk who suspiciously eyes his black patrons. The book not only delves... Read more >
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The Protest Psychosis
How Schizophrenia Became a Black Disease
Written by Jonathan M. Metzl


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 12, 2011
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0127-1 (0-8070-0127-9)

A powerful account of how cultural anxieties about race shaped American notions of mental illness

The civil rights era is largely remembered as a time of sit-ins, boycotts, and riots. But a very different civil rights history evolved at the Ionia State Hospital for the Criminally Insane in Ionia, Michigan. In... Read more >
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Arguing about Slavery
John Quincy Adams and the Great Battle in the United States Congress
Written by William Lee Miller


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 1998
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76844-9 (0-679-76844-0)

In the 1830s slavery was so deeply entrenched that it could not even be discussed in Congress, which had enacted a "gag rule" to ensure that anti-slavery petitions would be summarily rejected. This stirring book chronicles the parliamentary battle to bring "the peculiar institution" into the national debate, a battle that... Read more >

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The Birth of African-American Culture
An Anthropological Perspective
Written by Sidney Wilfred Mintz


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: July 1, 1992
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0917-8 (0-8070-0917-2)

This compelling look at the wellsprings of cultural vitality during one of the most dehumanizing experiences in history provides a fresh perspective on the African-American past.

“A classic. The most cogent and detailed attempt to think through what acculturation of Africans in the Americas was like.” -Albert J. Raboteau Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Coming of Age in Mississippi

Written by Anne Moody


Format: Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Dell
On Sale: January 4, 1992
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-440-31488-2 (0-440-31488-7)

A widely hailed and adopted social and historical commentary, this contemporary classic is the autobiography of a young black girl growing up in the Deep South. Moody details the sights, smells, and suffering of growing up in a racist society and candidly reveals the soul of the black girl who had... Read more >
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Snow-Storm in August
The Struggle for American Freedom and Washington's Race Riot of 1835
Written by Jefferson Morley


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 9, 2013
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47748-4 (0-307-47748-7)

In 1835, the city of Washington simmered with racial tension as newly freed African Americans from the South poured in, outnumbering slaves for the first time. Among the enslaved was nineteen-year-old Arthur Bowen, who stumbled home drunkenly one night, picked up an axe, and threatened his owner, respected socialite Anna Thornton... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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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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Proud Shoes

Written by Pauli Murray


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 1, 1999
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7209-7 (0-8070-7209-5)

Originally published in 1956, Pauli Murray tells the story of her grandparents, delving into the realities of slavery, survival, and miscegenation in the pre-Civil War/Reconstruction era in the South.

“A significant contribution to our understanding of the black experience in America. . . . Fascinating.” - Publishers Weekly Read more >

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Scurlock Studio and Black Washington, The
Picturing the Promise
Edited by National Museum African American History


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: January 7, 2009
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-262-1 (1-58834-262-X)

Nearly a century/s worth of Scurlock photographs combine to form a searing portrait of black Washington in all its guises–its challenges and its victories, its dignity and its determination. Beginning in the early twentieth century and continuing into the 1990s, Addison Scurlock, followed by his sons, Robert and George, used their... Read more >

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The Huey P. Newton Reader

Written by Huey P Newton
Edited by David Hilliard and Donald Weise
Foreword by Fredrika Newton


Format: Trade Paperback, 366 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: May 7, 2002
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-467-0 (1-58322-467-X)

The first comprehensive collection of writings by the Black Panther Party founder and revolutionary icon of the black liberation era, The Huey P. Newton Reader combines now-classic texts ranging in topic from the formation of the Black Panthers, African Americans and armed self-defense, Eldridge Cleaver’s controversial expulsion from the Party, FBI... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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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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Last Man Standing
The Tragedy and Triumph of Geronimo Pratt
Written by Jack Olsen


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 6, 2001
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49368-0 (0-385-49368-1)

Geronimo Pratt did not commit the murder for which he served twenty-seven nightmarish years. As a UCLA student, though, he had led the Los Angeles Chapter of the Black Panther Party, and became a target of the FBI. Here is the spellbinding saga of Pratt, his heroic lawyers, Johnnie Cochran and... Read more >

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Storming Caesar's Palace
How Black Mothers Fought Their Own War on Poverty
Written by Annelise Orleck


Format: Trade Paperback, 376 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: July 1, 2006
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5031-6 (0-8070-5031-8)

In Storming Caesars Palace, historian Annelise Orleck tells the compelling story of how a group of welfare mothers built one of this country’s most successful antipoverty programs. Declaring “We can do it and do it better,” these women proved that poor mothers are the real experts on poverty. In 1972 they... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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When Harlem Nearly Killed King
The 1958 Stabbing of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Written by Hugh Pearson


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: January 6, 2004
Price: $11.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-614-8 (1-58322-614-1)

When Harlem Nearly Killed King spins the tale of a little-known episode in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. how, in 1958, King was stabbed by a deranged black woman in Harlem, and then saved by Harlem Hospital’s most acclaimed African-American surgeon, using a little known and difficult procedure.

Pearson... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Darkest Child
A Novel
Written by Delores Phillips


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Soho Press
On Sale: January 1, 2005
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56947-378-8 (1-56947-378-1)

Rozelle Quinn is so fair-skinned that she can pass for white. Her ten children are mostly light, too. They constitute the only world she rules and controls. Her power over them is all she has in an otherwise cruel and uncaring universe.

Rozelle favors her light-skinned kids, but Tangy Mae, 13... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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)

Blackballed is Darryl Pinckney’s meditation on a century and a half of participation by blacks in US electoral politics. In this combination of memoir, historical narrative, and contemporary political and social analysis, he investigates the struggle for black voting rights from Reconstruction through the civil rights movement to Barack Obama’s two... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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My American Journey

Written by Colin L. Powell and Joseph E. Persico


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 4, 2003
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-46641-9 (0-345-46641-1)

My American Journey is the powerful story of a life well lived and well told. It is also a view from the mountaintop of the political landscape of America. At a time when Americans feel disenchanted with their leaders, General Powell's passionate views on family, personal responsibility, and, in his own... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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Epic Journeys of Freedom
Runaway Slaves of the American Revolution and Their Global Quest for Liberty
Written by Cassandra Pybus


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 15, 2007
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5515-1 (0-8070-5515-8)

During the American Revolution, thousands of slaves fled from their masters to find freedom with the British. Having emancipated themselves--and with rhetoric about the inalienable rights of free men ringing in their ears--these men and women struggled tenaciously to make liberty a reality in their lives.

This alternative narrative includes the stories... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Book of Obama
From Hope and Change to the Age of Revolt
Written by Ted Rall


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: June 5, 2012
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-450-3 (1-60980-450-3)

How did a charismatic young president elected in an atmosphere of optimism and expectation lead the United States to the brink of revolution? From a chance encounter in the early 1980s to the Democratic primaries of 2007-08, syndicated columnist and political cartoonist Ted Rall was one of the first to size... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Jackie Robinson
A Biography
Written by Arnold Rampersad


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 1, 1998
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-42655-0 (0-345-42655-X)

A 1998 Honor Book - Black Caucus-American Library Association
Choice Outstanding Academic Book


The extraordinary life of Jackie Robinson is illuminated as never before in this full-scale biography by Arnold Rampersad. Ramperstad was chosen by Jack's widow, Rachael, and was given unprecedented access to his private papers. We are brought closer than we... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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King of the World
Muhammed Ali and the Rise of an American Hero
Written by David Remnick


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 5, 1999
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70229-7 (0-375-70229-6)

There were mythic sports figures before him--Jack Johnson, Babe Ruth, Joe Louis, Joe DiMaggio--but when Cassius Clay burst onto the sports scene from his native Louisville in the 1950s, he broke the mold. He changed the world of sports and went on to change the world itself. As Muhammad Ali, he... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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