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The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

Written by Jeanne Theoharis


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 29, 2013
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5047-7 (0-8070-5047-4)

The definitive political biography of Rosa Parks examines her six decades of activism, challenging perceptions of her as an accidental actor in the civil rights movement.

Presenting a corrective to the popular notion of Rosa Parks as the quiet seamstress who, with a single act, birthed the modern civil rights movement, Theoharis... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Flash of the Spirit
African & Afro-American Art & Philosophy
Written by Robert Farris Thompson


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 1984
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-72369-3 (0-394-72369-4)

This landmark book shows how five African civilizations—Yoruba, Kongo, Ejagham, Mande, and Cross River—have informed and are reflected in aesthetic, social, and metaphysical traditions (music, sculpture, textiles, architecture, religion, idiogrammatic writing) in the United States, the Caribbean, and South America.

“A wonderfully enthusiastic book.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Centuries of racist assumptions... Read more >
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Death of Innocence
The Story of the Hate Crime That Changed America
Written by Mamie Till-Mobley and Christopher Benson


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: December 28, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7047-0 (0-8129-7047-0)

In Death of Innocence, Mamie Till-Mobley tells the tragic story of her son, Emmett Till -- an innocent, fourteen-year-old African-American boy who was murdered -- and of her subsequent actions which helped to galvanize the civil rights movement, leaving an indelible mark on American racial consciousness.

Mamie Carthan was an ordinary... Read more >
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Satchel
The Life and Times of an American Legend
Written by Larry Tye


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 4, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7797-4 (0-8129-7797-1)

A 2009 New York Times Notable Book
A 2009 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title

He is that rare American icon who has never been captured in a biography worthy of him. Now, at last, here is the superbly researched, spellbindingly told story of athlete, showman, philosopher, and boundary breaker Leroy “Satchel” Paige.

Few reliable records... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Shout, Sister, Shout!
The Untold Story of Rock-and-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Written by Gayle Wald


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 15, 2008
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0985-7 (0-8070-0985-7)

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Pick

Long before “women in rock” became a media catchphrase, African American guitar virtuoso Rosetta Tharpe proved in spectacular fashion that women could rock. Born in Cotton Plant, Arkansas, in 1915, Tharpe was gospel’s first superstar and the preeminent crossover figure of its golden age... Read more >

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Mississippi
An American Journey
Written by Anthony Walton


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 28, 1997
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-77741-0 (0-679-77741-5)

Raised in suburban Illinois in the 60s, a gifted student and athlete, Anthony Walton went on to Notre Dame and Brown, and into a career in journalism--all the while convinced that racism, insofar as it still existed, was on the way out.  Covering the racial flash points in New York in the... Read more >
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Jazz
A History of America's Music
Written by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 8, 2002
Price: $45.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76539-4 (0-679-76539-5)

The companion volume to the ten-part PBS TV series by the team responsible for The Civil War and Baseball.

Continuing in the tradition of their critically acclaimed works, Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns vividly bring to life the story of the quintessential American music—jazz. Born in the black community of turn-of-the-century... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download and a hardcover.

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Jazz
A History of America's Music
Written by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns


Format: Hardcover, 512 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 7, 2000
Price: $80.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-44551-7 (0-679-44551-X)

Born in the black community of turn-of-the-century New Orleans but played from the beginning by musicians of every color, jazz celebrates all Americans at their best.  Here are the stories of the extraordinary men and women who made the music.

Louis Armstrong, the fatherless waif whose unrivaled genius helped turn jazz into... Read more >
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Unforgivable Blackness
The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
Written by Geoffrey C. Ward


Format: Trade Paperback, 546 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 3, 2006
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71004-9 (0-375-71004-3)

Winner of the 2005 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Non-fiction

He was the first black heavyweight champion in history, the most celebrated–and most reviled–African American of his age. In Unforgivable Blackness, the prizewinning biographer Geoffrey C. Ward brings to vivid life the real Jack Johnson, a figure far more complex and compelling than... Read more >
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Medical Apartheid
The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present
Written by Harriet A. Washington


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 8, 2008
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1547-2 (0-7679-1547-X)

Winner, 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award
Pen Oakland-Josephine Miles 17th Annual National Literary Award
Honor Book, Black Caucus of The American Library Association
2007 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award

Medical Apartheid
is the first and only comprehensive history of medical experimentation on African Americans. Starting with the earliest encounters between black Americans and Western... Read more >
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Invented Lives
Narratives of Black Women 1860-1960
Written by Mary Helen Washington


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 1, 1988
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-24842-6 (0-385-24842-3)

A companion volume to Black-Eyed Susans/Midnight Birds, this anthology encompasses an exploration of the works and worlds of black women writers between 1860 and 1960. Includes the work of Gwendolyn Brooks, Ann Petry, Zora Neale Hurston, and others plus Washington’s introduction and commentary.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
INTRODUCTION
“The Darkened Eye Restored": Notes Toward... Read more >

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Black Trials
Citizenship from the Beginnings of Slavery to the End of Caste
Written by Mark S. Weiner


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 3, 2006
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70884-8 (0-375-70884-7)

A sweeping history of American ideas of belonging and citizenship, told through the stories of fourteen legal cases that helped to shape our nation.

Spanning the period from colonial times to the present, Black Trials tells how the place of blacks in American society evolved through the actions of our courts of... Read more >
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Race Matters

Written by Cornel West


Format: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 25, 2001
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0972-7 (0-8070-0972-5)

The fundamental litmus test for American democracy-its economy, government, criminal justice system, education, mass media, and culture-remains: how broad and intense are the arbitrary powers used and deployed against black people. In this sense, the problem of the twenty-first century remains the problem of the color line. --from the new Preface

First... Read more >
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Fatheralong
A Meditation on Fathers and Sons, Race and Society
Written by John Edgar Wideman


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 29, 1995
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73751-3 (0-679-73751-0)

A finalist for the National Book Award, Fatheralong examines the tragedy of race and the gulf it cleaves between black fathers and their sons. And in looking into that gulf--in viewing himself as both son and father--Wideman takes a step outside the racial paradigm in a work that is at once... Read more >

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The Warmth of Other Suns
The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
Written by Isabel Wilkerson


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76388-8 (0-679-76388-0)

One of The New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of the Year

Winner of the National Book Critics’ Circle Award for Nonfiction
Winner of the Mark Lynton History Prize
Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Prize for Nonfiction
Winner of the Sidney Hillman Prize for Book Journalism
Winner of the Stephen E. Ambrose Oral...
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Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Warmth of Other Suns
The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
Written by Isabel Wilkerson


Format: Hardcover, 640 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: September 7, 2010
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-44432-9 (0-679-44432-7)

Winner, National Book Critics Circle Award (General Nonfiction)
Finalist, 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Non-fiction

A Booklist Top 10 Black History Nonfiction Book

In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the... Read more >
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Let Your Motto Be Resistance
African American Portraits
Edited by Deborah Willis


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: September 1, 2008
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-246-1 (1-58834-246-8)

This stunning collection of photographic portraits traces US history through the lives of well-known abolitionists, artists, scientists, writers, statesman, entertainers, and sports figures. Drawing on the photographic collections of the National Portrait Gallery, author Deborah Willis explores how these images–many by famous photographers–reveal the nation’s history through an African American lens... Read more >

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We Shall Not Be Moved
Rebuilding Home in the Wake of Katrina
Written by Tom Wooten


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 7, 2012
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4463-6 (0-8070-4463-6)

“It was heartbreaking, but we couldn’t give up. I just said, ‘Well, I’ve got to get in and do it.’”—Phil Harris, eight-decade-long resident of Hollygrove

As floodwaters drained in the weeks following Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans residents came to a difficult realization. Their city was about to undertake the largest disaster recovery... Read more >
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Howard Zinn on Race

Written by Howard Zinn
Introduction by Cornel West


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: June 14, 2011
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-134-2 (1-60980-134-2)

Howard Zinn on Race is Zinn’s choice of the shorter writings and speeches that best reflect his views on America’s most taboo topic. As chairman of the history department at all black women’s Spelman College, Zinn was an outspoken supporter of student activists in the nascent civil rights movement. In “The... Read more >
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