Blacks in the U.s.
A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower
Paperback ISBN: 1250112885
Rebecca Solnit, The New Republic: "Funny, wrenching, pithy, and pointed." Roxane Gay: "I encourage you to check out Eloquent Rage out now." Joy Reid, Cosmopolitan: "A dissertation on black women
Gang Leader for a Day
A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets
Paperback ISBN: 014311493x
Recounts the full story of a young sociologist whose infiltration of a Chicago drug gang was originally introduced in the work Freakonomics, in a firsthand account that describes the author's grad student idealism, his friendship with gang leader JT, and his seven-year witness to the organization's complex crack-selling trade. Reprint.
Hidden in Plain View
A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad
Paperback ISBN: 0385497679
The authors reveal the secret codes woven by AfricanAmerican slaves into quilts they used to navigate their escape on the Underground Railroad, part of a wellorganized resistance movement that preceded the abolitionist crusade. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
Manchild in the Promised Land
Paperback ISBN: 145163157x
One of the most extraordinary autobiographies ever written—the definitive account of African-American youth in the ghettos of the 1940s and 1950s. During his first year at Howard University, Claude Brown wrote an article for the magazine Dissent about growing up in Harlem. The piece attracted the attention of a publisher, who encouraged him to write his autobiography. The result, Manchild in the Promised Land, traces Claude Brown’s own transformation from a hardened, streetwise young criminal to a successful, self-made man. This autobiographical novel, in print for more than thirty years, has been widely praised for its portrayal of the “lost” generation of African-Americans whose parents left the sharecropping lifestyle of the South for the crowded inner cities of the North. Told with both fierce and dignified anger, Brown’s story is a timeless testimonial to survival that will inspire and enlighten readers for many generations to come.
Hardcover ISBN: 0307378454
"At once incendiary and icy, mischievous, and provocative, celebratory and elegiac, a deeply felt meditation on race, sex, and American culture through the prism of the author's rarefied upbringing and education among a black elite concerned to distance itself from whites and the black generality, while tirelessly measuring itself against both. Born in 1947 in upper-crust black Chicago--her father was for years head of pediatrics at Provident, at the time the nation's oldest black hospital; her mother was a socialite--Margo Jefferson has spent most of her life among (call them what you will) the colored aristocracy, the colored elite, the blue-vein society. Since the nineteenth century they have stood apart, these inhabitants of Negroland, "a small region of Negro America where residents were sheltered by a certain amount of privilege and plenty." Reckoning with the strictures and demands of Negroland at crucial historical moments--the civil rights movement, the dawn of feminism, the fallacy of post-racial America--Jefferson brilliantly charts the twists and turns of a life informed by psychological and moral contradictions. Aware as it is of heart-wrenching despair and depression, this book is a triumphant paean to the grace of perseverance. (With 8 pages of black-and-white illustrations.)"--
Policing the Black Man
Arrest, Prosecution, and Imprisonment
Paperback ISBN: 0525436618
A comprehensive, readable analysis of the key issues of the Black Lives Matter movement, this thought-provoking and compelling anthology features essays by some of the nation’s most influential and respected criminal justice experts and legal scholars. Policing the Black Man explores and critiques the many ways the criminal justice system impacts the lives of African American boys and men at every stage of the criminal process, from arrest through sentencing. Essays range from an explication of the historical roots of racism in the criminal justice system to an examination of modern-day police killings of unarmed black men. The contributors discuss and explain racial profiling, the power and discretion of police and prosecutors, the role of implicit bias, the racial impact of police and prosecutorial decisions, the disproportionate imprisonment of black men, the collateral consequences of mass incarceration, and the Supreme Court’s failure to provide meaningful remedies for the injustices in the criminal justice system. Policing the Black Man is an enlightening must-read for anyone interested in the critical issues of race and justice in America.
The Promised Land
The Great Black Migration and How It Changed America
Paperback ISBN: 0679733477
A look at the flight of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North between 1940 and 1970 presents the migrants' stories about everything from rural sharecropper shacks to urban housing projects. Reprint. 50,000 first printing. NYT.
Reclaiming Our Space
How Black Feminists Are Changing the World from the Tweets to the Streets
Paperback ISBN: 0807055379
The activist, cultural commentator and award-winning author of Push the Button traces the rise of an intersectional, sociopolitical resistance movement to explore how today's black feminists are having a transformative influence in media, entertainment and politics. (social science). Original. (This book was also included in the December 2018 issue of Forecast.)