African-American Studies
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Jelly's Last Jam
Jelly's Last Jam
Paperback      ISBN: 1559360690
Dramatizes the life of Jelly Roll Morton, pianist, composer, and self-proclaimed inventor of jazz
Within the Plantation Household: Black and White Women of the Old South
Within the Plantation Household
Black and White Women of the Old South
Paperback      ISBN: 080784232x
Discusses how class, race, and gender shaped women's experiences in the South
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Paperback      ISBN: 0195066707
Not only one of the last of over one hundred slave narratives published separately before the Civil War, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861) is also one of the few existing narratives written by a woman. It offers a unique perspective on the complex plight of the black woman as slave and as writer. In a story that merges the conventions of the slave narrative with the techniques of the sentimental novel, Harriet Jacobs describes her efforts to fight off the advances of her master, her eventual liaison with another white man (the father of two of her children), and her ultimately successful struggle for freedom. Jacobs' account of her experiences, and her search for her own voice, prefigure the literary and ideological concerns of generations of African-American women writers to come.
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Paperback      ISBN: 0385007051
The personal account of a fugitive slave's privation and sufferings and his campaigns for Negro emancipation
Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination
Playing in the Dark
Whiteness and the Literary Imagination
Hardcover      ISBN: 0674673778
Examines the effect of a racially divided society on ninteenth century American writings, and discusses works by Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, and Twain
Fences
Fences
Paperback      ISBN: 0452264014
During the 1950s Troy Maxson struggles against racism and tries to preserve his feelings of pride in himself.
The Last Radio Baby
The Last Radio Baby
Hardcover      ISBN: 1561450049
African Silences
African Silences
Paperback      ISBN: 0679731024
Examines the harsh political and economic realities that are ravaging Africa and its inhabitants, offering studies of the rare animals faced with extinction and the individuals working to preserve wild Africa
The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man
The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man
Paperback      ISBN: 0809000326
Presents a personal perspective on the American light-skinned Negro's experience in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
Maggie's American Dream: The Life and Times of a Black Family
Maggie's American Dream
The Life and Times of a Black Family
Paperback      ISBN: 0452263182
This family success story centers on Maggie Comer, an unskilled, illiterate Black woman who rose from abject poverty in the rural South to become the mother of five college-educated children