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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.

Origins of the Civil Rights Movements
Origins of the Civil Rights Movements
Paperback      ISBN: 0029221307
A "valuable, eye-opening work" (The Boston Globe) about the civil rights struggles of the 1950s and 1960s.

On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Mrs. Rosa Parks, weary after a long day at work, refused to give up her bus seat to a white man...and ignited the explosion that was the civil rights movement in America. In this powerful saga, Morris tells the complete story behind the ten years that transformed America, tracing the essential role of the black community organizations that was the real power behind the civil rights movement. Drawing on interviews with more than fifty key leaders, original documents, and other moving firsthand material, he brings to life the people behind the scenes who led the fight to end segregation, providing a critical new understanding of the dynamics of social change.

"An important addition to our knowledge of the strategies of social change for all oppressed peoples." --Reverend Jesse Jackson

"A benchmark study...setting the historical record straight." --The New York Times Book Review
Cultural Contexts for Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man: A Bedford Documentary Companion
Cultural Contexts for Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man
A Bedford Documentary Companion
Paperback      ISBN: 0312100817

The collection of primary documents in this volume recapitulates the course of African American life during the first half of the 20th century, while it provides a context for reading an important literary work. Keyed to events in the novel, the documents include selections by African American leaders (Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du bois, and Marcus Garvey); selections by leading African American writers (Langston Hughes and Richard Wright); songs, folktales, and other examples of black vernacular culture; and readings on African American migration, black labour in the industrial North, the role of communism in African American politics, and the end of legal segregation in the United States.

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

Documenting the difficult class relations between women slaveholders and slave women, this study shows how class and race as well as gender shaped women's experiences and determined their identities. Drawing upon massive research in diaries, letters, memoirs, and oral histories, the author argues that the lives of antebellum southern women, enslaved and free, differed fundamentally from those of northern women and that it is not possible to understand antebellum southern women by applying models derived from New England sources.

There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America
There Are No Children Here
The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America
Paperback      ISBN: 0385265565

This is the moving and powerful account of tworemarkable boys struggling to survive in Chicago'sHenry Horner Homes, a public housing complexdisfigured by crime and neglect."

Colored People
Colored People
Paperback      ISBN: 067973919x

In a coming-of-age story as enchantingly vivid and ribald as anything Mark Twain or Zora Neale Hurston, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., recounts his childhood in the mill town of Piedmont, West Virginia, in the 1950s and 1960s and ushers readers into a gossip, of lye-and-mashed-potato "processes," and of slyly stubborn resistance to the indignities of segregation.

A winner of the Chicago Tribune's Heartland Award and the Lillian Smith Prize, Colored People is a pungent and poignant masterpiece of recollection, a work that extends and deepens our sense of African American history even as it entrances us with its bravura storytelling
Lakota Woman
Lakota Woman
Paperback      ISBN: 0060973897

A unique autobiography unparalleled in American Indian literature, and a deeply moving account of a woman's triumphant struggle to survive in a hostile world.

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.

Kaffir Boy: The True Story of a Black Youths Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa
Kaffir Boy
The True Story of a Black Youths Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa
Paperback      ISBN: 0684848287

The classic story of life in Apartheid South Africa.

Mark Mathabane was weaned on devastating poverty and schooled in the cruel streets of South Africa's most desperate ghetto, where bloody gang wars and midnight police raids were his rites of passage. Like every other child born in the hopelessness of apartheid, he learned to measure his life in days, not years. Yet Mark Mathabane, armed only with the courage of his family and a hard-won education, raised himself up from the squalor and humiliation to win a scholarship to an American university.

This extraordinary memoir of life under apartheid is a triumph of the human spirit over hatred and unspeakable degradation. For Mark Mathabane did what no physically and psychologically battered "Kaffir" from the rat-infested alleys of Alexandra was supposed to do -- he escaped to tell about it.
A Raisin in the Sun and the Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window
A Raisin in the Sun and the Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window
Paperback      ISBN: 0679755314

By the time of her death, 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