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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 >
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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 >
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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 >
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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 >
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John Brown, Abolitionist
The Man Who Killed Slavery, Sparked the Civil War, and Seeded Civil Rights
Written by David S. Reynolds


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 14, 2006
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72615-6 (0-375-72615-2)

An authoritative new examination of John Brown and his deep impact on American history.

Bancroft Prize-winning cultural historian David S. Reynolds presents an informative and richly considered new exploration of the paradox of a man steeped in the Bible but more than willing to kill for his abolitionist cause. Reynolds locates Brown... Read more >
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Queen Bess
Daredevil Aviator
Written by Doris L. Rich


Format: Trade Paperback, 172 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: May 17, 1995
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-618-8 (1-56098-618-2)

Here is the brief but intense life of Bessie Coleman, America’s first African American woman aviator. Born in 1892 in Atlanta, Texas, she became known as “Queen Bess,” a barnstormer and flying-circus performer who defied the strictures of race, sex, and society in pursuit of a dream.

“A vivid portrait of a... Read more >

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The Race Beat
The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation
Written by Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 4, 2007
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73565-6 (0-679-73565-8)

This is the story of how America awakened to its race problem, of how a nation that longed for unity after World War II came
instead to see, hear, and learn about the shocking indignities and injustices of racial segregation in the South—and the brutality used to enforce it. It is the... Read more >
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Denmark Vesey
The Buried Story of America's Largest Slave Rebellion and the Man Who Led It
Written by David M. Robertson


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 8, 2000
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76218-8 (0-679-76218-3)

In a remarkable feat of historical detective work, David Robertson illuminates the shadowy figure who planned a slave rebellion so daring that, if successful, it might have changed the face of the antebellum South. This is the story of a man who, like Nat Turner, Marcus Garvey, and Malcolm X, is... Read more >
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Here I Stand

Written by Paul Robeson


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 1, 1998
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-6445-0 (0-8070-6445-9)

Robeson’s international achievements as a singer and actor in starring roles on stage and screen made him the most celebrated black American of his day, but his outspoken criticism of racism in the United States, his strong support of African independence, and his fascination with the Soviet Union placed him under... Read more >
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Barbara Jordan
American Hero
Written by Mary Beth Rogers


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: January 4, 2000
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38066-8 (0-553-38066-4)

This seminal biography chronicles the life of the first black woman elected to the Texas State Senate and the first black woman from the South in the United States Congress. One of the most influential women of the 20th century, Barbara Jordan held an unwavering faith in the American people and... Read more >
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Raceball
How the Major Leagues Colonized the Black and Latin Game
Written by Rob Ruck


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 21, 2012
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4807-8 (0-8070-4807-0)

From an award-winning writer, the first linked history of African Americans and Latinos in Major League Baseball

After peaking at 27 percent of all major leaguers in 1975, African Americans now make up less than one-tenth--a decline unimaginable in other men’s pro sports. The number of Latin Americans, by contrast, has exploded... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Song for my Fathers

Written by Tom Sancton


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: April 20, 2010
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-376-7 (1-59051-376-2)

Song for My Fathers is the story of a young white boy driven by a consuming passion to learn the music and ways of a group of aging black jazzmen in the twilight years of the segregation era. Contemporaries of Louis Armstrong, most of them had played in local obscurity until... Read more >
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Hellhound On His Trail
The Electrifying Account of the Largest Manhunt In American History
Written by Hampton Sides


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 22, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38743-1 (0-307-38743-7)

On April 23, 1967, Prisoner #416J, an inmate at the notorious Missouri State Penitentiary, escaped in a breadbox. Fashioning himself Eric Galt, this nondescript thief and con man–whose real name was James Earl Ray–drifted through the South, into Mexico, and then Los Angeles, where he was galvanized by George Wallace’s racist... Read more >

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Hellhound On His Trail
The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin
Written by Hampton Sides


Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: April 27, 2010
Price: $28.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-52392-9 (0-385-52392-0)

On April 23, 1967, Prisoner #416J, an inmate at the notorious Missouri State Penitentiary, escaped in a breadbox. Fashioning himself Eric Galt, this nondescript thief and con man—whose real name was James Earl Ray—drifted through the South, into Mexico, and then Los Angeles, where he was galvanized by George Wallace’s racist... Read more >

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Written by Rebecca Skloot


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: March 8, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5218-9 (1-4000-5218-1)

Winner of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine’s Communication Award for Best Book
Winner of the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Nonfiction
Winner of the Wellcome Trust Book Prize

Named by more than 60 critics as one of the best books of 2010,
including:
Best Book of... Read more >

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Doing What's Right
How to Fight for What You Believe--And Make a Difference
Written by Tavis Smiley


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 26, 2000
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49931-6 (0-385-49931-0)

In Doing What's Right, Tavis Smiley shows how each one of us can battle complacency and fight for the causes we support. Smiley is the host of "Black Entertainment Television Tonight with Tavis Smiley," a one-hour nightly talk show that reaches fifty-five million households, and his political and social commentary is... Read more >
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Showdown
JFK and the Integration of the Washington Redskins
Written by Thomas Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 4, 2012
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0082-3 (0-8070-0082-5)

A classic NFL/civil rights story–the showdown between the Washington Redskins and the Kennedy White House

In Showdown, sports historian Thomas G. Smith captures a striking moment, one that held sweeping implications not only for one team’s racist policy but also for a sharply segregated city and for the nation as a... Read more >

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There Goes My Everything
White Southerners in the Age of Civil Rights, 1945-1975
Written by Jason Sokol


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 14, 2007
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27550-9 (0-307-27550-7)

During the civil rights movement, epic battles for justice were fought in the streets, at lunch counters, and in the classrooms of the American South. Just as many battles were waged, however, in the hearts and minds of ordinary white southerners whose world became unrecognizable to them. Jason Sokol’s vivid and... Read more >
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Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power
Community Organizing in Radical Times
Written by Amy Sonnie and James Tracy
Introduction by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: September 16, 2011
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-935554-66-0 (1-935554-66-2)

The story of some of the 1960s’ most important activists–JOIN, the Young Patriots, Rising Up Angry, White Lightning, and the October 4th Organization–in a deeply sourced narrative history

The historians of the late 1960s have emphasized the work of a small group of white college activists as well as the Black Panthers... Read more >
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Peculiar Institution
Slavery in the Ante-Bellum South
Written by Kenneth M. Stampp


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 17, 1989
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72307-3 (0-679-72307-2)

Winner of the Lincoln Prize

Stampp’s classic study of American slavery as a deliberately chosen, practical system of controlling and exploiting labor is one of the most important and influential works of American history written in our time.

“A thoughtful and deeply moving book. . . . Mr. Stampp wants to show... Read more >

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Slave and Citizen
The Classic Comparative Study of Race Relations in the Americas
Written by Frank Tannenbaum


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 10, 1992
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0913-0 (0-8070-0913-X)

Originally published in 1947, Slave and Citizen is a classic in the field of comparative slave history and race relations.

“A significant historiographic milestone in the study of American slave systems. It has been a point of departure for most studies done on slavery and race relations since World War II.’ -Franklin... Read more >
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IndiVisible
African-Native American Lives in the Americas
Edited by Gabrielle Tayac


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 26, 2009
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-271-3 (1-58834-271-9)

Throughout American history, people of combined African and Native American descent have often struggled for acceptance, not only from dominant cultures but also from their own communities. In this collection of twenty-seven groundbreaking essays, authors from across the Americas explore the complex personal histories and contemporary lives of people with a... Read more >

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Bloods
Black Veterans of the Vietnam War: An Oral History
Written by Wallace Terry


Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Presidio Press
On Sale: July 12, 1985
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-31197-9 (0-345-31197-3)

This is Terry's acclaimed chronicle of the unique experience of African American soldiers fighting in Indochina.  

"An invaluable addition to the expanding legion of histories about the Vietnam War...a graphically illuminating but disquieting collection of 20 personal accounts reflecting the black military experience in Vietnam...Through their recollections of war, we see America's... Read more >
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Captive Passage
The Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Making of the Americas
Edited by The Mariners Museum


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: April 17, 2002
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-017-7 (1-58834-017-1)

This important book considers a number of different aspects of the slave trade: its social and economic basis, why many African leaders facilitated the slave trade, and how enslaved African Americans forged their own cultures and forever changed the Americas. The physical, social, and enduring emotional meaning of the Middle Passage... Read more >

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The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

Written by Jeanne Theoharis


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 21, 2014
Price: $17.50
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3332-6 (0-8070-3332-4)

2014 NAACP Image Award Winner: Outstanding Literary Work – Biography / Auto Biography

2013 Letitia Woods Brown Award from the Association of Black Women Historians 

Choice Top 25 Academic Titles for 2013


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