U.s. - Political and Civil Rights of Blacks
Last Man Standing
The Tragedy and Triumph of Geronimo Pratt
Paperback ISBN: 0385493681
Describes the twenty-seven-year battle to vindicate Elmer Gerard "Geronimo" Pratt, a Vietnam veteran and Black Panther Party leader convicted in a trumped-up case of murder, in an intriguing study of government conspiracy and judicial abuse. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.
The Original Black Elite
Daniel Murray and the Story of a Forgotten Era
Hardcover ISBN: 0062346091
In this outstanding cultural biography, the author of the New York Times bestseller A Slave in the White House chronicles a critical yet overlooked chapter in American history: the inspiring rise and calculated fall of the black elite, from Emancipation through Reconstruction to the Jim Crow Era—embodied in the experiences of an influential figure of the time, academic, entrepreneur, and political activist and black history pioneer Daniel Murray. In the wake of the Civil War, Daniel Murray, born free and educated in Baltimore, was in the vanguard of Washington, D.C.’s black upper class. Appointed Assistant Librarian at the Library of Congress—at a time when government appointments were the most prestigious positions available for blacks—Murray became wealthy through his business as a construction contractor and married a college-educated socialite. The Murrays’ social circles included some of the first African-American U.S. Senators and Congressmen, and their children went to the best colleges—Harvard and Cornell. Though Murray and other black elite of his time were primed to assimilate into the cultural fabric as Americans first and people of color second, their prospects were crushed by Jim Crow segregation and the capitulation to white supremacist groups by the government, which turned a blind eye to their unlawful—often murderous—acts. Elizabeth Dowling Taylor traces the rise, fall, and disillusionment of upper-class African Americans, revealing that they were a representation not of hypothetical achievement but what could be realized by African Americans through education and equal opportunities. As she makes clear, these well-educated and wealthy elite were living proof that African Americans did not lack ability to fully participate in the social contract as white supremacists claimed, making their subsequent fall when Reconstruction was prematurely abandoned all the more tragic. Illuminating and powerful, her magnificent work brings to life a dark chapter of American history that too many Americans have yet to recognize.
At Canaan's Edge
America in the King Years, 1965-68
Paperback ISBN: 0684857138
A final installment of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author's history of the civil rights movement chronicles Martin Luther King's final years, covering such topics as the 1965 Selma march for the right to vote, King's turbulent alliance with Lyndon Johnson, and his protests against the Vietnam war. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.
We Can't Breathe
On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival
Paperback ISBN: 1250174538
A critically acclaimed writer presents eight wide-ranging and powerful essays that tell the story of black survival and persistence through art and community in the face of centuries of racism. Original.
Bending Toward Justice
The Birmingham Church Bombing That Changed the Course of Civil Rights
Hardcover ISBN: 1250201446
Traces the decades-long legal battle to bring justice to the victims of the 1963 Birmingham bombing attack on the 16th Street Baptist Church, detailing how the case was originally closed before the surviving bombers were eventually convicted.
The Audacity of Hope
Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
Hardcover ISBN: 0307237699
The junior U.S. senator from Illinois speaks out to all Americans on how to transform U.S. politics, calling for a return to America's original ideals and revealing how they can be adapted to such controversial issues as globalization, the function of religion in public life, and the struggle to bring people together in a nation torn by differences. 250,000 first printing.
The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity
Paperback ISBN: 0872865088
"Tim Wise's Colorblind is a Powerful and Urgently needed book. One of our best and most courageous public voices on racial inequity, Wise tackles head-on the resurgence and absurdity of post-racial liberalism in a world still largely structured by deep racial disparity and structural inequity. He shows us with passion and sharp, insightful, accessible analysis how this imagined world of post-racial framing and policy can't take us where we want to go---it actually stymies our progress toward racial unity and equality."---Tricia Rose, author of The Hip Hop Wars "Colorblind Proposes Practical Solutions to our problems and promotes new ways of thinking that encourage us to both recognize differences and transcend them."---George Lipsitz, author of The Possessive Investment in Whiteness "You Will Literally Lose Your Breath Trying to keep up with the ways that Wise lays waste to the idea that we've achieved anything close to a `post-race' society. If you don't know who Tim Wise is, you will after this book."---Mark Anthony Neal, author of New Black Man and Professor of African & African-American Studies at Duke University Legal gains were interpreted by some as ensuring equal treatment for all and that "colorblind" policies and programs would be the best way forward. Since then, many voices have called for an end to affirmative action and other color-conscious policies and programs, and even for a retreat from public discussion of racism itself. Bolstered by the election of Barack Obama, proponents of colorblindness argue that the obstacles faced by blacks and people of color in the United States can no longer be attributed to racism but instead result from economic forces. Thus, they contend, programs meant to uplift working-class and poor people are the best means for overcoming any racial inequalities that might still persist. In Colorblind, Tim Wise refutes these assertions and advocates that the best way forward is to become more, not less, conscious of race and its impact on equal opportunity. Focusing on disparities in employment, housing, education and healthcare, Wise argues that racism is indeed still an acute problem in the United States today, and that colorblind policies actually worsen the problem of racial injustice. Colorblind presents a timely and provocative look at contemporary racism and offers fresh ideas on what can be done to achieve true social justice and economic equality.
The Fire This Time
A New Generation Speaks about Race
Paperback ISBN: 1501126350
A surprise New York Times bestseller, these groundbreaking essays and poems about race—collected by National Book Award-winner Jesmyn Ward and written by the most important voices of her generation—are “thoughtful, searing, and at times, hopeful. The Fire This Time is vivid proof that words are important, because of their power to both cleanse and to clarify