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Recent Books on Black American History


Africanisms in American Culture: Second Edition
Edited by Holloway, Joseph and Clegg, Claude, Indiana University Press, June 2005, Paperback
The Autobiography of Medgar Evers: A Hero's Life and Legacy Revealed Through His Writings, Letters, and Speeches
Edited by Evers-Williams, Myrlie, and Marable, Manning, Basic Civitas Books, June 2005, Hardcover
The story of one the greatest leaders of the Civil Rights movement brings his achievement to life for a new generation. His personal documents, writings, and speeches provide a cohesive narrative detailing the rise and tragic death of a civil rights hero.
Self-Taught: African American Education in Slavery and Freedom
Williams, Heather Andrea, University of North Carolina Press, March 2005, Hardcover
Discussing how African Americans in the South sought education during and after the Civil War, this work highlights the efforts former slaves made on their own behalf by teaching, building schools, and attending school themselves.
We Flew Over the Bridge: The Memoirs of Faith Ringgold
Ringgold, Faith, Duke University Press, March 2005, Paperback
One of the country's preeminent African-American artists and an award-winning children's book author shares the fascinating story of her life as she looks back on her struggles, growth, and triumphs in this gorgeously illustrated work.
Whitewashing Race: The Myth of a Color-Blind Society
Brown, Michael K , Carnoy, Martin Currie, Elliott, University of California Press, February 2005, Paperback
A brilliant multi-authored work -- NOT an essay collection -- about the resilience of racial discrimination in the United States and the catastrophic effects of the demise of affirmative action and other civil rights era social programs in contemporary America.
America Behind the Color Line: Dialogues with African Americans
Gates, Henry Louis, Jr., Warner Books, January 2005, Paperback
Renowned scholar and "New York Times" bestselling author Gates delivers a stirring and authoritative companion to the major new PBS documentary "America Behind the Color Line." The book includes thought-provoking essays from Colin Powell, Morgan Freeman, Russell Simmons, Vernon Jordan, Alicia Keys, Bernie Mac, and Quincy Jones.
Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom
Clinton, Catherine, Back Bay Books, January 2005, Paperback
This is a long-overdue historical work on one of the most important figures in American history, written by an acclaimed historian of the antebellum era. Harriet Tubman was the first and only woman, fugitive slave, and black to work as a conductor on the Underground Railroad.
The Hidden Cost of Being African American: How Wealth Perpetuates Inequality
Shapiro, Thomas M, Oxford University Press, January 2005, Paperback
Shapiro, the author of Black Wealth/White Wealth, blends personal stories, interviews, empirical data, and analysis to illuminate how family assets produce dramatic consequences in the everyday lives of ordinary citizens.
W. E. B. Du Bois: Black Radical Democrat
Marable, Manning, Paradigm Publishers, January 2005, Paperback
Newly updated. Brings out the interconnections, unity, and consistency of W. E. B. Du Bois's life and writings. Marable covers Du Bois's disputes with Booker T. Washington, his founding of the NAACP, his work as a social scientist, popular figure, and his involvement in politics, placing them into the context of Du Bois's views on black pride, equality, and cultural diversity. Marable stresses that, as a radical democrat, Du Bois viewed the problems of racism as intimately connected with capitalism.
White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son
Wise, Tim, Soft Skull Press, January 2005, Paperback
In "White Like Me," Wise offers a highly personal examination of the ways in which racial privilege shapes the lives of most white Americans, overtly racist or not, to the detriment of people of color, themselves, and society. Using stories instead of stale statistics, Wise weaves a narrative that is at once readable and scholarly, analytical, and accessible.
Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman: Portrait of an American Hero
Larson, Kate Clifford, One World, December 2004, Paperback
In this long-overdue biography, historian Kate Clifford Larson gives Harriet Tubman the powerful, intimate, meticulously detailed life she deserves. Drawing from a trove of new documents and sources as well extensive genealogical research, Larson reveals Tubman as a complex woman--brilliant, shrewd, deeply religious, and passionate in her pursuit of freedom.
Quitting America
Robinson, Randall, Plume Books, December 2004, Paperback
From the author of "The Debt" comes a memoir that charts his journey from the most powerful nation on earth to the tiny tropical island where his wife was born. A #1 "Essence" bestseller.
Harriet Tubman: The Moses of Her People
Bradford, Sarah, Dover Publications, November 2004, Paperback
Inspiring story of bravery, perseverance, and self-sacrifice recalls the courageous life of one of the most well-known "conductors" on the Underground Railroad. Written by Tubman's contemporary, the memorable biography recalls the former slave's grim childhood; her perilous experiences leading slaves into Canada; her efforts as a nurse, cook, and scout for the Union Army during the Civil War, and many other activities. Must reading for students of American history and African-American studies.
In Search of Hannah Crafts: Critical Essays on the Bondwoman's Narrative
Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. , Robbins, Basic Civitas Books, November 2004, Paperback
Slavery and the Making of America
Horton, James Oliver , Horton, Lois E, Oxford University Press, November 2004, Hardcover
This companion volume to the four-part PBS series on the history of American slavery--narrated by Morgan Freeman and scheduled to air in February 2005--illuminates the human side of this inhumane institution, presenting it largely through the stories of the slaves themselves. Features 120 illustrations.
The Autobiography of William Sanders Scarborough: An American Journey from Slavery to Scholarship
Scarborough, W S, Ronnick, Michele Valerie (Editor), Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. (Foreword by), Wayne State University Press, November 2004, Hardcover
This illuminating autobiography traces Scarborough's path out of slavery in Macon, Georgia, to a prolific scholarly career that culminated with his presidency of Wilberforce University.
African-American History from Emancipation to Today: Rising Above the Ashes of Slavery
Byers, Ann , Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. (Foreword by), Enslow Publishers, October 2004, Library Binding
Emancipation did not solve the problems or correct the injustices of over 200 years of slavery. In this vital addition to the Slavery In American History series, author Ann Byers explores life in the United States after emancipation into today. Highlights include Plessy v. Ferguson, Brown v. Board of Education, the Martin Luther King, Jr., march on Washington, the Voting Rights Act, and the reparations debate.
Atonement and Forgiveness: A New Model for Black Reparations
Brooks, Roy L, University of California Press, October 2004, Hardcover
Reframing one of the most important, controversial, and misunderstood issues of modern times, this book puts forward a powerful new plan for repairing the damaged relationship between the federal government and black Americans based on a model of atonement and forgiveness.
Slave Uprisings and Runaways: Fighting for Freedom and the Underground Railroad
Eskridge, Ann E , Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. (Foreword by), Enslow Publishers, October 2004, Library Binding
The Politics of Slavery: Fiery National Debates Fueled by the Slave Economy
Altman, Linda Jacobs , Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. (Foreword by), Enslow Publishers, October 2004, Library Binding,
Voices from Slavery's Past: Yearning to Be Heard
Cloud Tapper, Suzanne , Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. (Foreword by), Enslow Publishers, October 2004, Library Binding

Books on Black American History

A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Carson, Clayborne (Editor); Shepard, Kris (Editor), Warner Books, 2002, Paperback
Featuring contributions from Andrew Young, Congressman John Lewis, George McGovern, Rosa Parks, and others, this inspiring collection features the milestone speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the greatest orators of the 20th century.
A Covenant with Color: Race and Social Power in Brooklyn 1636-1990
Wilder, Craig Steven, Columbia University Press, 2001, Paperback
Examines race, class, and society in Brooklyn over three centuries from the colonial period to the present."
A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America
Takaki, Ronald T, Back Bay Books, 1994, Paperback
A Personal Odyssey
Sowell, Thomas, Free Press, 2000, Hardcover
This is the gritty story of Thomas Sowell's life-long education in the school of hard knocks, as the journey took him from Harlem to the Marines, the Ivy League, and a career as a controversial writer, teacher, and economist in government and private industry. It is also the story of the dramatically changing times in which this personal odyssey took place. Photos throughout.
A Turbulent Time: The French Revolution and the Greater Caribbean
Gaspar, David Barry (Editor); Geggus, David Patrick (Editor) Hine, Darlene Clark (Editor), Indiana University Press, 2003, Paperback
Abolitionists and Slave Resistance: Breaking the Chains of Slavery
Edwards, Judith , Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. (Foreword by), Enslow Publishers, 2004, Library Binding
During the pre-Civil War era, abolitionists--both black and white--and slave resisters helped bring about the end of slavery in the United States. Brought about by abolitionists' and slave resisters' efforts, the Emancipation Proclamation and later the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution helped Americans to eliminate slavery. In this addition to the Slavery in American History series, Judith Edwards explores the heroic actions that came out of the abolitionist movement and slave resistance.
Africa and Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World, 1400-1800
Thornton, John, Burke III, Edmund (Editor), Curtin, Philip D (Editor), Cambridge University Press, 1998, Paperback
Focusing especially on the causes and consequences of the slave trade, in Africa, in Europe, and in the New World, this book explores Africa's involvement in the Atlantic world from the 15th through the 18th centuries. Author John Thornton examines the dynamics that made slaves so necessary to European colonizers. This new edition contains an added chapter on 18th-century developments.
African Presence in Early America
Van Sertima, Ivan , Transaction Publishers, 1987, Paperback
This volume presents what is presently known about the links between Africa and America before the age of Columbus. It makes a convincing case for pre-Columbian contacts between Africa and America before the era of the slave trade. The contributors draw upon the evidence of cultures in private collections and findings from excavations, and evidence of ancient African mathematics, astronomy, map-making, scripts, navigations, trade routes, pyramidal structures, linguistic connections, and technological and ritual complexes. The volume is profusely illustrated.
Africans and Native Americans
Forbes, Jack D, University of Illinois Press, 1993, Paperback
Agents of Repression: The FBI's Secret Wars Against the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement
Churchill, Ward , Vander Wall, Jim (Joint Author), South End Press, 2002, Paperback
For those wondering how Bill Clinton could pardon white-collar fugitive Marc Rich but not Native American leader Leonard Peltier, important clues can be found in this classic study of the FBI's Cointelpro (Counterintelligence Program). Agents of Repression includes an incisive historical account of the FBI siege of Wounded Knee, and reveals the viciousness of Cointelpro campaigns targeting the Black Liberation movement. The authors' new introduction examines the legacies of the Panthers and AIM, and shows how the FBI still presents a threat to those committed to fundamental social change.
Alice Walker: Critical Perspectives Past and Present
Walker, Alice , Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. Appiah, Kwame Anthony, Amistad Press, 1993, Paperback
Alice Walker's achievements as a writer are characterized by an astonishing versatility. She is equally at home with poetry and fiction -- it's worth remembering her first appearance in book form was as a poet, not as a novelist or fiction writer. Indeed, as an essayist alone she would be noteworthy presence in American letters... But it is her novels for which she is best known, and it is her novels in which the full complexity of her vision is most evident.-- from the Preface by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
All Things Censored
Abu-Jamal, Mumia , Walker, Alice (Foreword by), Seven Stories Press, 2001, Paperback, $14.95
A death-row inmate for 20 years, Abu-Jamal offers essays on censorship and the failures of the court system. Illustrations. Photos.
American Slave Narratives
Andrews, William L (Editor); Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. (Editor), Library of America, 2000, Hardcover
The ten works collected in this volume present unflinching portrayals of the cruelty and degradation of slavery while testifying to the African-American struggle for freedom and dignity. Includes a chronology of events.
An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King
Pepper, William F, Verso, 2003, Hardcover
In this controversial book, a journalist-turned-lawyer tells the tragic story of Martin Luther King, Jr.Us, powerful and significant radicalism and the government plans for his execution that involved the military and the FBI.
Another Dimension to the Black Diaspora: Diet, Disease and Racism
King, Virginia Himmelsteib, Kiple, Kenneth F, Cambridge University Press, 2003, Paperback
A study of black disease immunities and susceptibilities and their impact on slavery and racism.
Are Prisons Obsolete?
Davis, Angela Yvonne, Seven Stories Press, 2003, Paperback
World-renowned activist Angela Davis discusses how mass incarceration has had little or no effect on crime, how disproportionate numbers of the poor and minorities end up in prison, and the obscene profits the system generates.
Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr
King, Martin Luther, Jr., Carson, Clayborne (Editor), Warner Books, 2001, Paperback
Using Stanford University's voluminous collection of archival material, including previously unpublished writings, interviews, recordings, and correspondence, King scholar Clayborne Carson has constructed a remarkable first-person account of Dr. King's extraordinary life.
Barefoot: Escape on the Underground Railroad
Edwards, Pamela Duncan, Cole, Henry Duncan, HarperTrophy, 1999, Paperback
Innovative perspective and use of light as well as a spare text result in an unforgettable portrayal of one slave's journey to freedom. Full color.
Becoming Black: Creating Identity in the African Diaspora
Wright, Michelle M, Duke University Press, 2004, Paperback
Between Slavery and Freedom: Philosophy and American Slavery
McGary, Howard , Lawson, Bill E (With), Indiana University Press, 1993, Paperback
Black Boy: American Hunger a Record of Childhood and Youth
Wright, Richard , Ward, Jerry W, Jr (Introduction by), Perennial, 2003, Paperback
Wright's unforgettable and eloquent autobiography of growing up in the Jim Crow South offers an unsurpassed portrait of the struggles against the ingrained racism and poverty faced by African Americans.
Black Imagination and the Middle Passage
Pedersen, Carl (Editor); Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. (Editor), Diedrich, Maria (Editor), Oxford University Press, 1999, Paperback
Black Indian Slave Narratives
Minges, Patrick Neal, John F. Blair Publisher, 2004, Paperback
Black Indians: A Hidden Heritage
Katz, William Loren, Simon Pulse, 1997, Paperback
The author explores the little-told story of black Indians, defined here as people with dual African and Native American ancestry or African Americans who lived primarily with Native Americans. Using fascinating biographies and detailed research, Katz creates a chronology of this hidden heritage during the settlement of the American West. Illustrations. Young Adult.
Black Liberation in Conservative America
Marable, Manning, South End Press, 1997, Paperback
Black Literature & Literary Theory
Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. , Stimpson, Catharine R, Routledge, 1993, Paperback
Black Wall Street
Johnson, Hannibal B, Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum, 1998, Hardcover
From riot to renaissance in Tulsa's historic Greenwood district
Black Writers Redefine the Struggle: A Tribute to James Baldwin
Chametzky, Jules (Editor); Baldwin, James A Thelwell, Michael (Contribution by), University of Massachusetts Press, 1989, Paperback
Breaking Bread: Insurgent Black Intellectual Life
Hooks, Bell , West, Cornel (With), South End Press, 1991, Paperback
Civil Rights: Rhetoric or Reality?
Sowell, Thomas, Quill, 1985, Paperback
It is now more than three Decemberades since the historic Supreme Court Decemberision on desegregation, "Brown v. Board of Education. Thomas Sowell takes a tough, factual look at what has actually happened over these Decemberades -- as distinguished from the hopes with which they began or the rhetoric with which they continue, Who has gained and who has lost? Which of the assumptions behind the civil rights revolution have stood the test of time and which have proven to be mistaken or even catastrophic to those who were supposed to be helped?
Colored People
Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. , West, Cornel, Vintage Books USA, 1995, Paperback
From an American Book Award-winning author comes a pungent and poignant masterpiece of recollection that ushers readers into a now-vanished "colored" world and extends and deepens our sense of African-American history, even as it entrances us with its bravura storytelling.
Confounding the Color Line: The Indian-Black Experience in North America
Brooks, James F, University of Nebraska Press, 2002, Paperback
Darkwater: Voices from Within the Veil
Du Bois, W E B , Marable, Manning (Introduction by), Dover Publications, 1999, Paperback
Fiery essays, sketches, and poems reflect the author's ideas as a politician, historian, and artist. Inspiring calls for social, political, economic reforms.
Defending the Spirit: A Black Life in America
Robinson, Randall N, Plume Books, 1999, Paperback
The author provides a personal account of his rise from poverty in the segregated South to a position as one of the most distinguished and outspoken political activists of the time.
Douglass: Autobiographies
Douglass, Frederick , Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. (Notes by), Library of America, 1996, Paperback
Driving While Black: Highways, Shopping Malls, Taxi Cabs, Sidewalks: How to Fight Back If You Are a Victim of Racial Profiling
Meeks, Kenneth, Broadway Books, 2000, Paperback
The senior editor at "Black Enterprise" magazine offers a compelling, enraging expose of racial profiling--the high-profile scandal that's pervading American law enforcement--and a crucial guide for anyone at risk for being targeted by it.
Du Bois: Writings
Du Bois, W E B , Huggins, Nathan I (Editor), Library of America, 1996, Hardcover
Executing Justice
Williams, Daniel R, St. Martin's Press, 2001, Hardcover
Written by Mumia Abu-Jamal's defense attorney and chief legal strategist, this is an authoritative account of this controversial death-row inmate's case. 8-page photo insert.
Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center
Hooks, Bell , Marable, Manning (Editor), South End Press, 2000, Paperback
The book that established hooks as one of international feminism's most challenging and influential voices has been updated with a new Preface by the author reflecting on the book's impact and development of her ideas since it was first published.
Forced Into Glory: Abraham Lincoln's White Dream
Bennett, Lerone, Johnson Publishing Company, 1999, Hardcover
Free Market Racism
Andrews, Marcellus , Andrews, unknown, Et, New York University Press, 2001, Paperback
The Political Economy of Hope and Fear analyses the role technology, capitalism and conservative economic and social policy have played in determining the economic status of black Americans at the end of the 20th century. Andrews argues that black people are poorer, sicker, and less well educated than whites because the blue collar road to middle-class life has given way to technology, globalization and free market conservatism.
Freedom's Daughters: A Juneteenth Story
Olson, Lynne, Scribner Book Company, 2001, Hardcover
Tells the story of the extraordinary women who were among the most fearless, resourceful, and tenacious leaders of the civil rights movement. Includes portraits of more than sixty women.
Generations of Captivity: A History of African-American Slaves
Berlin, IRA, Belknap Press, 2003, Hardcover
From its beginnings in the 17th century to its fiery demise nearly 300 years later, Berlin traces the history of African-American slavery in the United States. 6 halftones. Maps & tables.
George Washington Carver
Carver, George Washington, University of Missouri Press, 1991, Paperback
Go Tell It on the Mountain
Baldwin, James A, Dial Press, 2000, Paperback
As one of the century's premier American writers, James Baldwin has profoundly altered the nation's social and literary consciousness. "Go Tell It on the Mountain", Baldwin's first novel, brings Harlem and the black experience vividly to life, as it starkly contrasts two generations of an embattled black family.
Great Moments in Black History: Wade in the Water
Bennett, Lerone, Johnson Publishing Company, 2000, Hardcover
How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America: Problems in Race, Political Economy, and Society
Marable, Manning, South End Press, 2000, Paperback
A classic study of race and class in the United States, Marable's book has become a standard text for courses in African American politics and history. In this new edition of his classic work, Marable examines developments in the political economy of racism in the United States and assesses shifts in the American political terrain since the first edition was published in 1983.
I Have a Dream : Writings and Speeches That Changed the World
King, Martin Luther, Jr., HarperSanFrancisco, 1992, Paperback
40th Anniversary Edition.
I Was Born a Slave: An Anthology of Classic Slave Narratives
Taylor, Yuval (Editor); Johnson, Charles (Foreword by), Lawrence Hill Books, 1999, Paperback
Between 1760 and 1902, more than 200 book-length autobiographies of ex-slaves were published; together they form the basis for all subsequent African America literature. I Was Born a Slave collects the 20 most significant "slave narratives". Many of the narratives -- such as those of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs -- have achieved reputations as masterpieces; but some of the lesser-known narratives are equally brilliant. This unprecedented anthology presents them unabridged, providing each one with helpful introductions and annotations.
I Wonder as I Wander: An Autobiographical Journey
Hughes, Langston , Rampersad, Arnold (Illustrator)Rampersad, Arnold (Introduction by), Hill & Wang, 1993, Paperback, $16.00
Recalls the most dramatic and intimate moments of Hughes' life in the turbulent 1930s. His wanderlust leads him to Cuba, Haiti, Russia, Soviet Central Asia, Japan, Spain (during its Civil War), through dictatorships, wars, revolutions. He meets and brings to life the famous and the humble, from Arthur Koestler to Emma, the Black Mammy of Moscow.
In the Black: A History of African Americans on Wall Street
Bell, Gregory S, John Wiley & Sons, 2001, Hardcover, $24.95
A fascinating history of the African-American experience on Wall Street by Gregory Bell, the son of the man who founded the first black-owned member firm of the New York Stock Exchange.
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Jacobs, Harriet A , Evers-Williams, Myrlie (Afterword by), Signet Classics, 2000, Mass Market Paperbound, $5.95
One of the most significant slave narratives ever written is now released for the first time in mass market paperback. Writing as Linda Brent, Harriet Jacobs relates her incredible story--from her sale as a slave to an abusive master to her bid for freedom as the lover of a white man to her ultimate emancipation. Afterword by Myrlie Evers-Williams.
Let America Be America Again: And Other Poems
Hughes, Langston , Kerry, John (Preface by), Vintage Books USA, 2004, Paperback, $6.50
"I believe in an America in which opportunity and justice truly are for all. That was the essence of the life an poetry of Langston Hughes."--Senator John Kerry, from the Preface
A beautifully designed collection of some of the greatest poems by a quintessentially American poet, whose theme of the promise of American inclusiveness continues to ring true.
Langston Hughes was uncommonly attuned to the ideals of freedom and democracy and the sometimes elusive American dream. The poems collected here offer a hopeful, truly democratic vision for America. Incantatory and stirring, passionate and provocative, they are as resonant for our times as they were over half a century ago. Contents: "Let America Be America Again," "Dream of Freedom," "America," "Search," "Some Day," "In Time of Silver Rain," "Dare," "Give Us Our Peace," "I Dream a World."
Living for Change: An Autobiography
Boggs, Grace Lee , Davis, Ossie (Foreword by), University of Minnesota Press, 1998, Paperback, $18.95
Malcolm X Speaks: Selected Speeches and Statements
Breitman, George, Grove/Atlantic, 1990, Paperback, $13.00
Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America
Berlin, IRA, Belknap Press, 2000, Paperback, $19.95
"Ira Berlin provides a sweeping survey of slavery and black life in North America . . . from the early 17th into the early 19th century. The result is the best general history we now have of the 'peculiar institution' during its first 200 years."--George M. Fredrickson, "New York Times Book Review." Maps & woodcuts.
Masterpieces of Negro Eloquence: 1818-1913
Dunbar-Nelson, Alice Moore (Editor); Marable, Manning (Introduction by), Dover Publications, 2000, Paperback, $12.95
This collection of speeches by prominent African-American leaders focuses on issues defining the black experience in the 19th and early 20th centuries. 51 selections focus on slavery, emigration to Africa, abolition, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and Jim Crow segregation. Speeches include Booker T. Washington's "Atlanta Compromise" address, W. E. B. Du Bois' discourse on training of Negroes for social reform, Frederick Douglass' "What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?," plus addresses by Fanny Jackson, Rev. W. J. Gaines, Robert Russa Moton, and many others.
Narrative of Sojourner Truth
Truth, Sojourner, Gilbert, Olive, Dover Publications, 1997, Paperback, $1.50
One of the most important documents of slavery ever written, this landmark in the literature of African-American women is the eloquent autobiography of a woman who became a pioneer in the struggles for racial and sexual equality. The spiritual, inspiring narrative bears witness to Sojourner Truth's 30 years as a slave in upstate New York.
Narrative of Sojourner Truth
Truth, Sojourner, Washington, Margaret (Editor) Gilbert, Olive, Vintage Books USA, 1993, Paperback, $9.95
One of the most important documents of slavery ever written, this landmark in the literature of African-American women is the eloquent autobiography of a woman who became a pioneer in the struggles for racial and sexual equality. The spiritual, inspiring narrative bears witness to Sojourner Truth's 30 years as a slave in upstate New York.
Narrative of Sojourner Truth: A Bondswoman of Olden Time, with a History of Her Labors and Correspondence Drawn from Her "Book of Life"
Painter, Nell Irvin (Editor); Gilbert, Olive, Penguin Books, 1998, Paperback, $9.95
Narrative of the Life and Times of Frederick Douglass
Douglass, Frederick, Lushena Books, 2000, Paperback, $8.95
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Douglass, Frederick , Garrison, William Lloyd (Preface by), Dover Publications, 1995, Paperback, $1.00
Written more than a century ago by Frederick Douglass, a former slave who went on to become a famous orator, U.S. minister, and a leader of his people, this masterpiece is one of the most eloquent indictments of slavery ever recorded. Douglass's shocking narrative takes the reader into the world of the South's antebellum plantations and reveals the daily terrors he suffered as a slave, shedding invaluable light on one of the most unjust periods in the history of America.
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass an American Slave: An American Slave
Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. , Halperin, unknown Douglass, Frederick (Introduction by), Laurel Press, 1997, Mass Market Paperbound, $6.99
Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the book's publication, this new Laurel edition of the classic autobiography features an Introduction by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., today's most influential black intellectual, offers a fresh perspective on what Douglass's book means today in his Introduction to this edition.
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave: Written by Himself
Douglass, Frederick , Blassingame, John W (Editor)McKivigan, John R (Editor), Yale University Press, 2001, Paperback, $7.95
The powerful story of slavery that has become a classic of American autobiography is now available in an authoritative edition. Includes a thorough Introduction by Douglass scholar John Blassingame, historical notes, and reader responses to the first edition of 1845. Illustrations.
Narrative of the Life of Henry Box Brown
Brown, Henry Box , Newman, Richard (Introduction by) Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. (Foreword by), Oxford University Press, 2003, Paperback, $9.95
Unavailable for years, this is the fascinating story of Box Brown who, in 1849, shipped himself in a wooden crate from Virginia to the Anti-Slavery Office in Philadelphia. 6 illustrations.
Native Son
Wright, Richard , Rampersad, Arnold (Introduction by), Perennial, 2003, Paperback, $13.00
Widely acclaimed as one of the finest books ever written on race and class divisions in America, this powerful novel reflects the forces of poverty, injustice, and hopelessness that continue to shape out society.
Notes of a Native Son
Baldwin, James A, Beacon Press, 1984, Paperback, $14.00
Originally published in 1955, James Baldwin's first nonfiction book has become a classic. These searing essays on life in Harlem, the protest novel, movies, and Americans abroad remain as powerful today as when they were written.
Our Nig: Or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black
Wilson, Harriet E , Wilson, Harriet E (Editor) Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. (Introduction by), Vintage Books USA, 2002, Paperback, $12.00
An enduring contribution to the understanding of free blacks in the 19th century. Originally published in 1859, it was neglected for over a 100 years and is now the subject of renewed scholarly interest.
Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-63
Branch, Taylor, Simon & Schuster, 1989, Paperback, $20.00
Hailed as the most masterful story ever told of the American civil rights movement, Parting the Waters is destined to endure for generations. Branch provides an unsurpassed portrait of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, rise to greatness and illuminates the courage, the deals, betrayals, and rivalries that determined history. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. Named a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times Book Review, The Boston Globe, and the Los Angeles Times.
Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years 1963-65
Branch, Taylor, Simon & Schuster, 1999, Paperback, $17.00
In the second volume of the three-part trilogy of monumental history that began with the Pulitzer Prize-winning Parting the Waters, Taylor Branch recreates the dramas that affected every American as the civil rights movement grew in size, impact, and intensity. of photos.
Pioneers in Protest
Bennett, Lerone, Johnson Publishing Company, 1968, Hardcover, $10.95
Politics and Ideology in the Age of the Civil War
Foner, Eric, Oxford University Press, 1981, Paperback, $16.95
Race Matters
West, Cornel, Vintage Books USA, 1994, Paperback, $12.00
The scholar, theologian, and activist who has been acclaimed as one of the most eloquent voices in our ongoing racial debate now bridges the gulf between black and white America in a work of enormous resonance and moral authority. West takes on the questions of politics, economics, ethics, and spirituality and addresses the crisis in black leadership.
Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States
Weil, Simone , Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2003, Paperback, $24.95
Racism is alive and well although it has changed its clothes. Color-blind racism combines elements of liberalism in the abstract with anti-minority views to justify contemporary racial inequality.
Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877
Foner, Eric , Commager, Henry Steele (Introduction by), Perennial, 2002, Paperback, $23.95
This "masterful treatment of one of the most complex periods of American history" ("New Republic) made history when it was originally published in 1988. It redefined how Reconstruction was viewed by historians and people everywhere in its chronicling of how Americans—black and white— responded to the unprecedented changes unleashed by the war and the end of slavery.
Restoring Hope
West, Cornel , Burgess, unknown Sealy, Kelvin S (Editor), Beacon Press, 1999, Paperback, $17.00
Maya Angelou, Harry Belafonte, Bill Bradley, Wynton Marsalis, and others share their experiences and hopes for black America with the bestselling author of Race Matters.
Richard Wright: Critical Prespectives Past and Present
Wright, Richard, Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. Appiah, Kwame Anthony, Amistad Press, 1993, Paperback, $14.95
Of the numerous achievements that distinguish Richard Wright's (1908 -- 1960) place in the history of American literature, perhaps none is more important than the fact that he was the first African-American writer to sustain himself professionally from his writings alone. Primarily through the success of "Native Son" and "Black Boy," Wright was able to support, for two decades, a comfortable life for himself and his family in Paris. He also became, with the publication of "Native Son"alone, the first internationally celebrated Black American author. If one had to identify the single most influential shaping force in modern Black literary history, one would probably have to point to Wright and the publication of "Native Son, "his first and most successful novel.-- from the Preface by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Root and Branch: African Americans in New York and East Jersey, 1613-1863
Hodges, Graham Russell, University of North Carolina Press, 1999, Paperback, $21.95
In this remarkable book, Graham Hodges presents a comprehensive history of African Americans in New York City and its rural environs from the arrival of the first African -- a sailor marooned on Manhattan Island in 1613 -- to the bloody Draft Riots of 1863. Throughout, he explores the intertwined themes of freedom and servitude, city and countryside, and work, religion, and resistance that shaped black life in the region through two and a half centuries. Hodges chronicles the lives of the first free black settlers in the Dutch-ruled city, the gradual slide into enslavement after the British takeover, the fierce era of slavery, and the painfully slow process of emancipation. He pays particular attention to the black religious experience in all its complexity and to the vibrant slave culture that was shaped on the streets and in the taverns. Together, Hodges shows, these two potent forces helped fuel the long and arduous pilgrimage to liberty.
Haley, Alex, Rebound by Sagebrush, 1980, Prebound, $16.65
This "bold . . . extraordinary . . . blockbuster . . ". (Newsweek) begins with a birth in 1750, in an African village; it ends seven generations later at the Arkansas funeral of a black professor whose children are a teacher, a Navy architect, an assistant director of the U.S. Information Agency, and an author.
Should America Pay?: Slavery and the Raging Debate on Reparations
Winbush, Raymond A, Amistad Press, 2003, Paperback, $13.95
In this collection of essays, Congressman John Conyers, Shelby Steele, David Horowitz, and others address the ongoing issue of reparations for African Americans from a legal, emotional, and practical standpoint.
Six Women's Slave Narratives
Oxford University Press , Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. (Editor), Oxford University Press, 1989, Paperback, $16.95
Slave Life on the Plantation: Prisons Beneath the Sun
Worth, Richard , Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. (Foreword by), Enslow Publishers, 2004, Library Binding, $26.60
Slavery and Freedom in the Rural North: African Americans in Monmouth County, New Jersey, 1665-1865
Hodges, Graham Russell, Madison House, 1997, Paperback, $21.95
This unique social history, focusing on a single community in eastern New jersey, addresses many long-held assumptions about slavery and emancipation outside the plantation South.
Slavery and Social Death: A Comparative Study
Patterson, Orlando, Harvard University Press, 1982, Paperback, $25.95
Soul by Soul: Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market
Johnson, Walter, Harvard University Press, 2001, Paperback, $16.95
This award-winning volume takes readers inside the New Orleans slave market, the largest in the nation, where 100,000 men, women, and children were packaged, priced and sold. Johnson transforms the statistics of this chilling practice into the human drama of traders, buyers, and slaves, negotiating sales that would alter the life of each.
Souls of Black Folk
Du Bois, W E B , Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. (Foreword by), Rebound by Sagebrush, 1989, Prebound, $13.75
Story of Ruby Bridges
Coles, Robert , Ford, George (Illustrator), Scholastic Paperbacks, 2004, Paperback, $5.99
Category: Biography"Please, God, try to forgive those people. Because even if they say those bad things, They don't know what they're doing."This is the true story of an extraordinary 6-year-old who helped shape history when she became the first African-American sent to first grade in an all white school. This moving book captures the courage of a little girl standing alone in the face of racism."Ford's moving watercolor paintings...capture the...warmth of Ruby's family and community, the immense powers against her, and her shining inner strength." --Booklist
Suppression of the African Slave-Trade to the United States of America, 1638" 187
Du Bois, W E B, Dover Publications, 1999, Paperback, $10.95
Comprehensive, well-documented classic examines the South's plantation economy and its influence on the slave trade, the role of Northern merchants in financing the slave trade, and much else.
The African-American Century: How Black Americans Have Shaped Our Country
Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. , West, Cornel (Joint Author), Free Press, 2002, Paperback, $16.00
In a highly original and historic celebration of black Americans and their contributions to culture, the authors select 100 outstanding men and women and use their lives and accomplishments to create a fascinating portrait of the last century. Their selections are drawn from the worlds of politics and business, literature, sports, music, science, and cultural criticism.
The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man
Johnson, James Weldon , Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. (Introduction by), Vintage Books USA, 1989, Paperback, $11.00
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Malcolm X , Haley, Alex (With), Ballantine Books, 1992, Paperback, $15.00
An autobiography of the Black Muslim leader Malcolm X.
The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Malcolm X , Haley, Alex, Davis, Ossie (Afterword by), Ballantine Books, 1987, Mass Market Paperbound, $7.99
An autobiography of the Black Muslim leader Malcolm X.
The Betrayal of the Negro: From Rutherford B. Hayes to Woodrow Wilson
Logan, Rayford Whittingham, Foner, Eric (Introduction by), Da Capo Press, 1997, Paperback, $18.50
Between the end of Reconstruction in 1877 and the end of World War I in 1918 African Americans experienced their nadir. The Betrayal of the Negro (originally published as The Negro in American Life and Thought and subsequently expanded) is the only full-scale account to document with encyclopedic research this neglected phase in American history. The author examines every aspect of our country's post-Reconstruction retreat from equality: the economic factors, the Supreme Court Decemberisions, Booker T. Washington and his "Era of Compromise", and, in a unique and disturbing survey, the racist caricatures that dominated the most liberal newspapers and magazines of the day. Dispassionate and insightful, Logan unfolds a narrative of national betrayal as harrowing as it is heartbreaking.
The Big Sea: An Autobiography
Hughes, Langston , Rampersad, Arnold (Illustrator), Hill & Wang, 1993, Paperback, $15.00
Introduction by Arnold Rampersad.
Langston Hughes, born in 1902, came of age early in the 1920s. In "The Big Sea he recounts those memorable years in the two great playgrounds of the Decemberade--Harlem and Paris. In Paris he was a cook and waiter in nightclubs. He knew the musicians and dancers, the drunks and dope fiends. In Harlem he was a rising young poet--at the center of the "Harlem Renaissance."
Arnold Rampersad writes in his incisive new introduction to "The Big Sea, an American classic: "This is American writing at its best--simpler than Hemingway; as simple and direct as that of another Missouri-born writer...Mark Twain."
The Black Diaspora
Segal, Ronald, Noonday Press, 1996, Paperback, $32.00
The Bondwoman's Narrative
Crafts, Hannah , Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. (Editor), Warner Books, 2003, Paperback, $14.95
The "New York Times" bestseller that is possibly the first novel written by an African-American woman is now in trade paperback. "Immensely entertaining and illuminating."--"New York Times Book Review."
The Children
Halberstam, David, Ballantine Books, 1999, Paperback, $18.95
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Best and the Brightest, The Reckoning", and "The Fifties" now tells the story of the civil rights movement, as seen through the eyes of the young people--the "Children"--who became early revolutionaries in Nashville in the 1960s.
The Classic Slave Narratives
Various, unknown , Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. (Editor)Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. (Introduction by), Signet Classics, 2002, Mass Market Paperbound, $6.95
This collection of four first-hand accounts of slavery were chosen from the experiences of more than 6,000 ex-slaves, who by 1944 had written moving stories of their captivity. This volume includes portraits of the lives of Olaudah Equiano, Frederick Douglass, Mary Prince, and Harriet Jacobs.
The Cornel West Reader
West, Cornel, Basic Civitas Books, 2000, Paperback, $20.95
From an essential philosopher of the modern American experience, a career's worth of essays on race, religion, politics, philosophy, and the arts
The Debt: What America Owes to Blacks
Robinson, Randall N, Plume Books, 2001, Paperback, $13.00
The author of "Defending the Spirit" makes a stirring call for America to face up to the devastating effects of slavery and educate all Americans on the century of racial discrimination that followed. The political leader makes a persuasive case for the debt white America owes blacks, and the debt blacks owe themselves.
The Eyes on the Prize Civil Rights Reader: Documents, Speeches, and Firsthand Accounts from the Black Freedom Struggle
King, Martin Luther, Jr. , Clar, D Garrow, David J (Editor), Penguin Books, 1991, Paperback, $18.00
The Fire Next Time
Baldwin, James A, Vintage Books USA, 1992, Paperback, $9.95
At once a powerful evocation of his childhood in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, The Fire Next Time, which galvanized the nation in the early days of the Civil Rights movement, stands as one of the essential works of our literature.
The Future of the Race
Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. , West, Cornel, Vintage Books USA, 1997, Paperback, $12.95
In an unprecedented collaboration, two of our foremost African-American thinkers exmaine the legacy of their intellectual ancestor, the great W.E.B. Du Bois, and especially Du Bois's notion of the "Talented Tenth", a black elite that would serve as models and leaders for the black community at large. "Provocative".--Chicago Tribune.
The Great Migration in Historical Perspective: New Dimensions of Race, Class, and Gender
Trotter, Joe W (Editor); Painter, Irvin (Designed by), Painter, Nell Irvin (Foreword by), Indiana University Press, 1991, Paperback, $18.95
The Great Wells of Democracy: The Meaning of Race in American Life
Marable, Manning, Basic Books, 2003, Paperback, $18.50
One of America's most influential historians and interpreters of the black experience reinvents racial politics for the twenty-first century.
The House That Race Built: Original Essays on Bl Ack Americans and Politics in America
Toni Morrison, Angela Davis, Cornel West, and others, Vintage Books USA, 1998, Paperback, $14.95
C confronts, honestly and passionately, the most critical issues facing American culture today along the fissure of race. In these essays, brought together by the scholar Wahneema Lubiano, some of today's most respected intellectuals share their ideas on race, power, gender, and society. The authors argue that we have reached a crisis of democracy represented by an ominous shift toward a renewed white nationalism in which racism is operating in coded, quasi-respectable new forms. They urge us to recognize this fact and to work toward destroying the old, destructive patterns of racial dominion forever.
The Indian Slave Trade: The Rise of the English Empire in the American South, 1670-1717
Gallay, Alan, Yale University Press, 2002, Hardcover, $40.00
Gallay places Native Americans at the center of the story of European colonization and the evolution of plantation slavery in America. He explores the impact of such contemporary forces as the African slave trade, the unification of England and Scotland, and the competition among European empires as well as political and religious divisions in England and in South Carolina.
The Many-Headed Hydra: Sailors, Slaves, Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic
Linebaugh, Peter , Rediker, Marcus Buford (Joint Author), Beacon Press, 2001, Paperback, $23.00
The Measure of a Man
King, Martin Luther, Jr., Augsburg Fortress Publishers, 2001, Paperback, $6.00
Eloquent and passionate, reasoned and sensitive, this pair of meditations by the revered civil-rights leader contains the theological roots of his political and social philosophy of nonviolent activism.
The MIS-Education of the Negro
Woodson, Carter G, Kunjufu, Jawanza (Introduction by), African American Images, 2000, Paperback, $12.95
Originally released in 1933, The Mis-Education of the Negro continues to resonate today, raising questions that readers are still trying to answer. The impact of slavery on the Black psyche is explored and questions are raised about our education system, such as what and who African Americans are educated for, the difference between education and training, and which of these African Americans are receiving. Woodson provides solutions to these challenges, but these require more study, discipline, and an Afrocentric worldview. This new edition contains a biographical profile of the author, a new introduction, and study questions.
The Norton Anthology of African American Literature
Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. (Editor); McKay, Nellie Y (Editor), W. W. Norton & Company, 2003, Paperback, $71.75
The Prison Industrial Complex
Davis, Angela Yvonne, AK Audio, 1999, Compact Disc, $14.98
Over the last generation, the U.S. prison systems have grown at a rate unparalleled in history, creating what many call a Prison Industrial Complex. Angela Davis explains what happens to our legal system when we lock up more people for longer sentences, which industries are a part of the Prison Industrial Complex, and how to stop or slow prison growth.
The Reckoning: What Blacks Owe to Each Other
Robinson, Randall N, Plume Books, 2003, Paperback, $14.00
Robinson examines the crime and poverty that grips much of urban America and urges black Americans to speak out and reach back to ensure their social and economic success in the U.S.
The Rise and Fall of American Slavery: Freedom Denied, Freedom Gained
McNeese, Tim , Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. (Foreword by), Enslow Publishers, 2004, Library Binding, $26.60
During the 1500s, 1600s, and 1700s, millions of Africans were captured, taken from their homelands, and brought against their will to the New World and its various colonies. Author Tim McNeese explores the complicated history of American slavery, detailing the various opinions and actions that erupted from this heated issue in the new nation of the United States. Drawing from authoritative sources, McNeese weaves together Americas story of the struggle to free the slaves.
The Shaping of Black America: The Struggles and Triumphs of African-Americans, 1619-1990s
Bennett, Lerone , White, Charles (Illustrator), Penguin Books, 1993, Paperback, $14.95
In a triumphant companion volume to his epochal Before the Mayflower, Bennett renders the African American experience chronologically, telling its story from a developmental perspective. A bold and literate work demonstrating "that blacks lived in a different time and different reality in this country".
The Slave Trade in America: Cruel Commerce
Worth, Richard , Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. (Foreword by), Enslow Publishers, 2004, Library Binding, $26.60
Author Richard Worth explains the history of slave trading in the United States. For an enslaved African, the slave trade meant possible death in the long voyages from Africa to America. It also meant the agonizing possibility of being separated from ones family. Worth not only explains the Triangular Trade and the dreaded Middle Passage, but also the American internal slave trade that arose after international slave trading was banned by Congress.
The Slave's Narrative
Davis, Charles T (Editor); Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. (Editor), Oxford University Press, 1991, Paperback, $25.00
The Souls of Black Folk
Du Bois, W E B , Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. (Foreword by), Bantam Classics, 1989, Mass Market Paperbound, $5.50
"The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line." Thus speaks W.E.B. Du Bois in "The Souls Of Black Folk, one of the most prophetic and influental works in American literature. In this eloquent collection of essays, first published in 1903, Du Bois dares as no one has before to describe the magnitude of American racism and demand an end to it. He draws on his own life for illustration, from his early experiences teaching in the hills of Tennessee to the death of his infant son and his historic break with the conciliatory position of Booker T. Washington. Far ahead of its time, "The Souls Of Black Folk both anticipated and inspired much of the black conciousness and activism of the 1960's and is a classic in the literature of civil rights. The elegance of DuBois's prose and the passion of his message are as crucial today as they were upon the book's first publication.
The Souls of Black Folk: Authoritative Text, Contexts, Criticism
Du Bois, W E B , Oliver, Terri Hume (Editor), Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. (Editor), W. W. Norton & Company, 1998, Paperback, $11.50
The Trials of Phillis Wheatley
Gates, Henry Louis, Jr., Basic Civitas Books, 2003, Hardcover, $18.95
Told with lyricism and critical skill, this moving celebration of the mother of African-American literature is penned by a master storyteller and scholar.
The Words of Martin Luther King, Jr.
King, Coretta Scott (Selected by); King, Martin Luther, Jr., Newmarket Press, 2001, Paperback, $6.95
This timeless volume includes highlights from the legendary civil rights leader's speeches, sermons, and writings, selected by Dr. King's wife, who contributes an impressive introduction on his life and legacy. Includes 120 quotations focusing on the Community of Man, Racism, Civil Rights, and more, and a detailed chronology of Dr. King's life.
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Hurston, Zora Neale , Washington, Mary Helen (Foreword by)Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. (Afterword by), Perennial, 2003, Paperback, $13.95
Hurston's most highly acclaimed novel returns in a beautiful new edition, in time to celebrate Black History Month.
They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America
Van, Sertima Ivan, Random House Trade, 2003, Paperback, $14.95
"They Came Before Columbus" reveals a compelling, dramatic, and superbly detailed documentation of the presence and legacy of Africans in ancient America. 32 page photo insert.
Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives
Goodman, Cynthia, Crew, Spencer, Bulfinch Press, 2003, Hardcover, $24.95
An adaptation of HBOUs documentary special for 2003, "Unchained Memories" is a riveting compilation of more than 40 narratives drawn from interviews with former slaves conducted in the 1930s by the Works Progress Administration. From slave auctions to emancipation, the narratives trace the extraordinary experience of life in perhaps the darkest period of the nation's history.
Uncle Tom's Children
Wright, Richard, Perennial, 2004, Paperback, $12.95
Set in the American Deep South, each of the powerful novellas collected here concerns an aspect of the lives of black people in the postslavery era, exploring their resistance to white racism and oppression. Published in 1938, this was the first book from Wright, who would continue on to worldwide fame as the author of the novels "Native Son and "Black Boy.
Up from Slavery
Washington, Booker T, Dover Publications, 1995, Paperback, $2.00
Vividly recounting Washington's life--his childhood as a slave, struggle for education, founding and presidency of the Tuskegee Institute, and meetings with the country's leaders, this book reveals the conviction he held that the black man's salvation lay in education, industriousness and self-reliance.
What Manner of Man
Bennett, Lerone, Johnson Publishing Company, 1992, Hardcover, $19.95
A biography of Martin Luther King.
Why We Can't Wait
King, Martin Luther, Jr. , Jackson, Jesse L, Sr (Afterword by), Signet Classics, 2000, Mass Market Paperbound, $6.95
This paperback reissue of a classic not only examines King's Birmingham campaign for civil rights, but the history of the struggle and the tasks that await future generations fighting for equality. New Afterword by Rev. Jesse Jackson. Reissue.
Women, Culture & Politics
Davis, Angela, Vintage Books USA, 1990, Paperback, $13.95
A sequel of sorts to the author's masterful Women, Race And Class, this book examines the critical issues important to women: racism, violence, health, children, education and peace.
Women, Race, & Class
Davis, Angela Yvonne, Vintage Books USA, 1983, Paperback, $13.00
A powerful study of the women's movement in the U.S. from abolitionist days to the present that demonstrates how it has always been hampered by the racist and classist biases of its leaders.
Zora Neale Hurston: Critical Perspectives Past and Present
Hurston, Zora Neale , Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. Appiah, Kwame Anthony, Amistad Press, 1999, Paperback, $14.95
Twenty years ago, Hurston's (1891-1960) work was largely out-of-print, her literary legacy alive only to a tiny, devoted band of readers who were often forced to photocopy her works if they were to be taught.. .Today her works are central to the canon of African-American, American, and Women's literatures ... Hurston was one of the most widely acclaimed Black authors for the two Decades between 1925 and 1945."-- from the Preface by Henry Louis Gates

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