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Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary
Malcolm X
By Any Means Necessary
Paperback      ISBN: 0590481096
Profiles the late African American leader, providing a startling picture of the life of the controversial and important historical figure. Reprint.
Transcending the Talented Tenth: Black Leaders and American Intellectuals
Transcending the Talented Tenth
Black Leaders and American Intellectuals
Paperback      ISBN: 0415917638
In Transcending the Talented Tenth, Joy James provocatively examines African American intellectual responses to racism and the role of elitism, sexism and anti-radicalism in black leadership politics throughout history. She begins with Du Bois' construction of "the Talented Tenth" as an elite leadership of race managers and takes us through the lives and work of radical women in the anti-lynching crusades, the civil rights and black liberation movements, as well as explores the contemporary struggles among black elites in academe.
Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63
Parting the Waters
America in the King Years, 1954-63
Paperback      ISBN: 0671687425
Traces the birth of the American civil rights movement and profiles Martin Luther King, Jr., detailing the roles played by key figures around him and in government
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
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.
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
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
The Confessions of Nat Turner and Related Documents
The Confessions of Nat Turner and Related Documents
Paperback      ISBN: 0312112076
Careful study of the Nat Turner slave rebellion of 1831 reveals much about master, slaves, and the relationship between them in the antebellum South. The central document in this volume — Nat Turner's confession follwing the rebellion in Virginia — is supported by newspaper articles, trial transcripts, and excerpts from the diary of Virginia governor John Floyd.
The Big Sea: An Autobiography
The Big Sea
An Autobiography
Paperback      ISBN: 0809015498
The Black writer recalls his early years spent in Paris and Harlem of the Twenties
The Color of Politics: Race and the Mainsprings of American Politics
The Color of Politics
Race and the Mainsprings of American Politics
Paperback      ISBN: 1565843258
Shows how race has played a central role at every historical turning point in American history