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War Against the Weak: Eugenics and America's Campaign to Create a Master Race
War Against the Weak
Eugenics and America's Campaign to Create a Master Race
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 1568582587

Explores the connection between the United States eugenics program of the the early twentieth-century and the atrocities committed by Nazi Germany, citing proof that American scientists attempted to create a master race.

Bound Feet and Western Dress
Bound Feet and Western Dress
Paperback      ISBN: 0385479646

In China, a woman is nothing.

Thus begins the saga of a woman born at the turn of the century to a well-to-do, highly respected Chinese family, a woman who continually defied the expectations of her family and the traditions of her culture. Growing up in the perilous years between the fall of the last emperor and the Communist Revolution, Chang Yu-i's life is marked by a series of rebellions: her refusal as a child to let her mother bind her feet, her scandalous divorce, and her rise to Vice President of China's first women's bank in her later years.

In the alternating voices of two generations, this dual memoir brings together a deeply textured portrait of a woman's life in China with the very American story of Yu-i's brilliant and assimilated grandniece, struggling with her own search for identity and belonging. Written in pitch-perfect prose and alive with detail, Bound Feet and Western Dress is the story of independent women struggling to emerge from centuries of customs and duty.
Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez
Hunger of Memory
The Education of Richard Rodriguez
Paperback      ISBN: 0553272934
Hunger of Memory is the story of Mexican-American Richard Rodriguez, who begins his schooling in Sacramento, California, knowing just 50 words of English, and concludes his university studies in the stately quiet of the reading room of the British Museum.

Here is the poignant journey of a "minority student" who pays the cost of his social assimilation and academic success with a painful alienation -- from his past, his parents, his culture -- and so describes the high price of "making it" in middle-class America.

Provocative in its positions on affirmative action and bilingual education, Hunger of Memory is a powerful political statement, a profound study of the importance of language ... and the moving, intimate portrait of a boy struggling to become a man.
The Other Side of the River: A Story of Two Towns, a Death, and America's Dilemma
The Other Side of the River
A Story of Two Towns, a Death, and America's Dilemma
Paperback      ISBN: 038547721x

Bestselling author Alex Kotlowitz is one of this country's foremost writers on the ever explosive issue of race. In this gripping and ultimately profound book, Kotlowitz takes us to two towns in southern Michigan, St. Joseph and Benton Harbor, separated by the St. Joseph River. Geographically close, but worlds apart, they are a living metaphor for America's racial divisions: St. Joseph is a prosperous lakeshore community and ninety-five percent white, while Benton Harbor is impoverished and ninety-two percent black. When the body of a black teenaged boy from Benton Harbor is found in the river, unhealed wounds and suspicions between the two towns' populations surface as well. The investigation into the young man's death becomes, inevitably, a screen on which each town projects their resentments and fears. The Other Side of the River sensitively portrays the lives and hopes of the towns' citizens as they wrestle with this mystery--and reveals the attitudes and misperceptions that undermine race relations throughout America.

Small Acts: Thoughts on the Politics of Black Cultures
Small Acts
Thoughts on the Politics of Black Cultures
Paperback      ISBN: 185242298x

Essays examines Britain's Black community and compares it with that of the United States.

Killing Rage: Ending Racism
Killing Rage
Ending Racism
Paperback      ISBN: 0805050272

One of our country's premier cultural and social critics, bell hooks has always maintained that eradicating racism and eradicating sexism must go hand in hand. But whereas many women have been recognized for their writing on gender politics, the female voice has been all but locked out of the public discourse on race.

Killing Rage speaks to this imbalance. These twenty-three essays are written from a black and feminist perspective, and they tackle the bitter difficulties of racism by envisioning a world without it. They address a spectrum of topics having to do with race and racism in the United States: psychological trauma among African Americans; friendship between black women and white women; anti-Semitism and racism; and internalized racism in movies and the media. And in the title essay, hooks writes about the killing rage--the fierce anger of black people stung by repeated instances of everyday racism--finding in that rage a healing source of love and strength and a catalyst for positive change.

bell hooks is Distinguished Professor of English at City College of New York. She is the author of the memoir Bone Black as well as eleven other books. She lives in New York City.
Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice
Uprooting Racism
How White People Can Work for Racial Justice
Paperback      ISBN: 0865713383

Highlights the many ways in which concerned white people can play an active role in confronting white racism, and helps the reader understand racism and explore its manifestations in politics, work, community, and family life. The book suggests ways for individuals and groups to challenge the structures of racism.

Am I Black Enough for You?: Popular Culture from the 'Hood and Beyond
Am I Black Enough for You?
Popular Culture from the 'Hood and Beyond
Paperback      ISBN: 0253211050

The most creative moments of African American culture have always emanated from a lower class or "ghetto" perspective. In contemporary society, this ghetto aesthetic has informed a large segment of the popular marketplace from the incendiary nature of gangsta rap, through the choreographed violence of films like Menace II Society, to recurrent debates around the use of the word "nigga," and even the assertion of this perspective in professional basketball. In each case, most of the discussion around these cultural circumstances tends to be dismissive, if not completely uninformed.

In analyzing the ranges of images from the O. J. Simpson trial to Snoop Doggy Dogg, Am I Black Enough for You looks at the way in which the nuances of ghetto life get translated into the politics of popular culture, and especially the way these politics have become such a profitable venture, for both the entertainment industry and the actual producers of these topical narratives. The book follows the widening generation gap represented by Bill Cosby's pristine "race man" image in the mid-80's, culminating in the proliferation of the hard-core sentiments associated with the nigga in the 1990's.

The book argues for a historical understanding of these contemporary examples, which is rooted in the social policies of the Reagan/Bush era, the declining industrial base of urban communities and the increasing significance of the drug trade and gang culture. In addition, the book follows the evolution of gangster culture in twentieth century American popular culture and the shift from ethnicity to race that slowly begins to emerge over this time period.

Contrary to mainstream conservative sentiment, Am I Black Enough for You suggests that the criticism of gangsta culture is a misguided attempt which reaffirms traditional views about Black culture. This criticism is articulated across race, so that in many cases, African Americans articulate the same sentiments as their white conservative counterparts.

Am I Black Enough for You offers astute analysis of the liberating possibilities of representation that lie at the core of contemporary black popular culture.

What White Looks Like: African-American Philosophers on the Whiteness Question
What White Looks Like
African-American Philosophers on the Whiteness Question
Paperback      ISBN: 0415966167

First published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

White Supremacy: A Comparative Study of American and South African History
White Supremacy
A Comparative Study of American and South African History
Paperback      ISBN: 0195030427

A comparative history of race relations in the U.S. and South Africa seeks to explain the different paths each nation followed