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The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How It Changed 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.
Complaints and Disorders: The Sexual Politics of Sickness
Complaints and Disorders
The Sexual Politics of Sickness
Paperback      ISBN: 0912670207
In this exciting sequel to their underground bestseller, Witches, Midwives, and Nurses, Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English document the tradition of American sexism in medicine before and after the turn of the century. Citing vivid examples, including numerous "treatments" and "rest cures" perpetrated on women through the decades, the authors analyze the biomedical rationale used to justify the wholesale sex discrimination throughout our culture-in education, in jobs, and in public life. Ever since Hippocrates, male medics have treated women as the "weaker" sex. By the late 19th century, when the authority of religious documents had waned, the ultimate rationale for sex discrimination became solely biomedical. In this intriguing pamphlet, the authors raise the diffuclt question: "How sick-or well-are women today?" They assert that feminists today want more than "more": "We want a new style, and we want a new substance of medical practice as it relates to women."
A Raisin in the Sun and the Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window: And, the Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window
A Raisin in the Sun and the Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window
And, the Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window
Paperback      ISBN: 0679755314
By the time of her death thirty years ago, at the tragically young age of thirty-four, Lorraine Hansberry had created two electrifying masterpieces of the American theater. With A Raisin in the Sun, Hansberry gave this country its most movingly authentic portrayal of black family life in the inner city. Barely five years later, with The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window, Hansberry gave us an unforgettable portrait of a man struggling with his individual fate in an age of racial and social injustice. These two plays remain milestones in the American theater, remarkable not only for their historical value but for their continued ability to engage the imagination and the heart. With an Introduction by Robert Nemiroff
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
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
Black Power: The Politics of Liberation in America
Black Power
The Politics of Liberation in America
Paperback      ISBN: 0679743138
An explanation of the ideology and desired political framework of the Black Power movement in America
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
The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man
The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man
Paperback      ISBN: 048628512x
African-American writer's pioneering novel parallels his own life, probes the psychological aspects of "passing for white," and examines the American caste and class system. Major contribution to American literature.
The Last Radio Baby
The Last Radio Baby
Hardcover      ISBN: 1561450049
The Origins of the Civil Rights Movement: Black Communities Organizing for Change
The Origins of the Civil Rights Movement
Black Communities Organizing for Change
Paperback      ISBN: 0029221307
A blending of scholarly research and interviews with many of the figures who launched the civil rights movement in the 1960s and 1970s records the events of the movement's tumultuous first decade