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The End of Blackness
Returning the Souls of Black Folk to Their Rightful Owners
Written by Debra J. Dickerson


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 4, 2005
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71319-4 (0-375-71319-0)

“This book will prove and promote the idea that the concept of ‘blackness,’ as it has come to be understood, is rapidly losing its ability to describe, let alone predict or manipulate, the political and social behavior of African Americans.” Such is the explosive enterprise of what is sure to be... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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 >
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Hard Driving
The Wendell Scott Story
Written by Brian Donovan


Format: Trade Paperback, 328 pages
Publisher: Steerforth
On Sale: May 12, 2009
Price: $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-58642-160-1 (1-58642-160-3)

Hard Driving is the dramatic story of one man’s dogged determination to live the life he loved, and to compete, despite daunting obstacles, at the highest level of his sport.
Wendell Scott figured he was signing up for trouble when he became nascar’s version of

Jackie Robinson in the segregated 1950s. Some... Read more >
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The Miracles of Mentoring
How to Encourage and Lead Future Generations
Written by Thomas Dortch and Carla Fine


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 15, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0574-9 (0-7679-0574-1)

This important new book, based on the mentoring program created by The 100 Black Men of America, provides readers with advice about how mentoring a child can lead to many positive changes in a young person’s life. With more than 10,000 members in eighty-two chapters in the U.S., the Virgin Islands... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Black Panther
The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas
Written by Emory Douglas
Preface by Bobby Seale
Edited by Sam Durant
Contribution by Kathleen Cleaver
Foreword by Danny Glover


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli
On Sale: February 6, 2007
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-8478-2944-6 (0-8478-2944-8)

The Black Panther Party for Self Defense, formed in the aftermath of the assassination of Malcolm X in 1965, remains one of the most controversial movements of the 20th-century. Founded by the charismatic Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale, the party sounded a defiant cry for an end to the institutionalized... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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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 >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
An American Slave
Written by Frederick Douglass


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 3, 1963
Price: $10.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-00705-4 (0-385-00705-1)

This dramatic autobiography of the early life of an American slave was first published in 1845, when its young author had just achieved his freedom. Douglass's eloquence and powerful principles led him to become the first great African American leader. Douglass's shocking narrative takes the reader into the world of the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a paperback.

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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: $16.95
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 >
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The Souls of Black Folk

Written by W. E. B. Du Bois


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 26, 1993
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-42802-2 (0-679-42802-X)

Introduction by Arnold Rampersad

W.E.B. Du Bois was the foremost black intellectual of his time. The Souls of Black Folk is Du Bois's collection of fourteen beautifully written essays, which record the cruelties of racism, celebrate the strength and pride of black America, and explore the "double-consciousness" of African-American life. By turns... Read more >

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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 >
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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 >
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Best African American Essays 2010

Written by Gerald Early and Randall Kennedy


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
On Sale: December 29, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38537-3 (0-553-38537-2)

Here is the superb second edition of the annual anthology devoted to the best nonfiction writing by African American authors—provocative works from an unprecedented and unforgettable year when truth was stranger (and more inspiring) than fiction.

The galvanizing election of Barack Obama was on the minds—and the pages—of authors everywhere. Best African... Read more >

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Children of the Dream
The Psychology of Black Success
Edited by Audrey Edwards


Format: Trade Paperback, 308 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 3, 1993
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-24269-1 (0-385-24269-7)

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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 >
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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 >
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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 >
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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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Plum Bun
A Novel without a Moral
Written by Jessi Redmon Fauset


Format: Trade Paperback, 408 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: December 15, 1999
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0919-2 (0-8070-0919-9)

Written in 1929 at the height of the Harlem Renaissance by one of the movement’s most important and prolific authors, Plum Bun is the story of Angela Murray, a young black girl who discovers she can pass for white. After the death of her parents, Angela moves to New York to... Read more >

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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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Racecraft
The Soul of Inequality in American Life
Written by Karen E. Fields and Barbara J. Fields


Format: Trade Paperback, 310 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-313-2 (1-78168-313-1)

Most people assume that racism grows from a perception of human difference: the fact of race gives rise to the practice of racism. Sociologist Karen E. Fields and historian Barbara J. Fields argue otherwise: the practice of racism produces the illusion of race, through what they call “racecraft.” And this phenomenon... Read more >

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The Obamas
The Untold Story of an African Family
Written by Peter Firstbrook


Format: Trade Paperback, 360 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: February 8, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-59141-8 (0-307-59141-7)

"Fascinating...adds many interesting details to what we know of the President’s heritage."
--David Remnick, TheNewYorker.com

On January 20, 2009, a few hundred men, women, and children gathered under trees in the twilight at K’obama, a village on the shores of Lake Victoria in western Kenya. Barack Obama’s rise to the American presidency had... Read more >
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