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Andrew Young

Andrew Young: Civil Rights Ambassador explores the rising influence of race in foreign relations as it examines the contributions of this African American activist, politician, and diplomat to U.S....


Portraits of African American Life Since 1865

Portraits of African American Life since 1865 is an intimate study of the lives of 14 African Americans since the end of the Civil War. Written by established and rising scholars, these diverse...


Andrew Young

Andrew Young: Civil Rights Ambassador explores the rising influence of race in foreign relations as it examines the contributions of this African American activist, politician, and diplomat to U.S....


Portraits of African American Life Since 1865

Portraits of African American Life since 1865 is an intimate study of the lives of 14 African Americans since the end of the Civil War. Written by established and rising scholars, these diverse...


I Have a Dream 1969

A detailed biography written soon after its subject's tragic death. The appendixes include texts of some of King's most famous speeches.


Louis Armstrong

Depicts the life and career of the popular jazz musician, and describes his contributions to American music.


Three Black Generations at the Crossroads

Three Generations at the Crossroads weaves a collective tapestry, linking personal biographies of individuals in different generations to the larger social forces acting on them. This second edition...


Tuskegee Airman

This fourth Edition of the, Tuskegee Airman, continues to be a best seller. This biography, of Colonel Charles E. McGee, is a biography of a top American soldier and of a great man. He fought on the...


Louis Ginzberg

First published in 1966, this book is an unusual biography. It is written by a son about his father, by an interpreter of economics about an interpreter of rabbinics. It is done with obvious charm,...


Through Survivors' Eyes

On the morning of November 3, 1979, a group of black and white demonstrators were preparing to march against the Ku Klux Klan through the streets of Greensboro, North Carolina, when a caravan of...


Through Survivors' Eyes

On the morning of November 3, 1979, a group of black and white demonstrators were preparing to march against the Ku Klux Klan through the streets of Greensboro, North Carolina, when a caravan of...


Critical Voicings of Black Liberation

This series of essays examines artistic and political articulation of black liberation as the construction of a new critical and signifying voice. This liberated and critical voice asserts itself as...


Negotiating Temporal Differences

Exploring the temporal dimension of African American music in its development from early forms of blues and jazz to the free and fast-paced sequences of jazz musicians such as John Coltrane and...


An African's Life

The autobiography of Olaudah Equiano, a prominent African in late 18th-century Britain, is quoted, anthologized and interpreted in dozens of books and articles. More than any single contemporary,...


Sweet Nata

Grandparents are our teachers, our allies, and a great source of love. They supply endless stories that connect us to a past way of life and to people long gone--people who led ordinary lives, but...


Nation as Network

How is the Internet transforming the relationships between citizens and states? What happens to politics when international migration is coupled with digital media, making it easy for people to be...


Tall Woman

Translated from her own words, this story of a Navajo woman who lived for more than 102 years is a vivid account of traditional lifeways in a harsh and challenging environment. Tall Woman was raised...


Anyplace But Here

Originally published in 1945 as "They Seek a City," this classic was revised and expanded in 1966 to include chapters on Marcus Garvey, the Black Muslims, Malcolm X, and the racial disturbances in...


Southern Womanhood and Slavery

Southern Womanhood and Slavery is the first full-length biography of Louisa S. McCord, one of the most intriguing intellectuals in antebellum America. The daughter of South Carolina planter and...


Thyra J. Edwards

In 1938, a black newspaper in Houston paid front-page tribute to Thyra J. Edwards as the embodiment of -The Spirit of Aframerican Womanhood.- Edwards was a world lecturer, journalist, social worker,...


A Fatherless Child

The impact of absent fathers on sons in the black community has been a subject for cultural critics and sociologists who often deal in anonymous data. Yet many of those sons have themselves addressed...


The Curt Flood Story

Curt Flood, former star center fielder for the St. Louis Cardinals, is a hero to many for selflessly sacrificing his career to challenge baseball's reserve system. Although he lost in the Supreme...


Montage of a Dream

Over a forty-six-year career, Langston Hughes experimented with black folk expressive culture, creating an enduring body of extraordinary imaginative and critical writing. Riding the crest of...


Awakening to Equality

When young Karl E. Lutze arrived in Oklahoma in 1945, he stepped into another world. A newly ordained clergyman born in Wisconsin, he was a young white man assigned to minister among Muskogee's...


Nathan B. Young and the Struggle Over Black Higher Education

At the turn of the twentieth century, African Americans eager to improve their lives through higher education were confronted with the divergent points of view of two great leaders: Booker T....


Unveiled Voices, Unvarnished Memories

When an industrious slave named Willis Hodges Cromwell earned the money to obtain liberty for his wife - who then bought freedom for him and for their children - he set in motion a family saga that...


From Fugitive Slave to Free Man

Growing up as a slave in an urban area of Missouri allowed William Wells Brown to live a life that was different from that of the plantation slave so often discussed in slave histories. Born in 1814,...


Du Bois and His Rivals

W. E. B. Du Bois was the preeminent black scholar of his era. He was also a principal founder and for twenty-eight years an executive officer of the nation's most effective civil rights organization,...


Tributes to John Hope Franklin

In 1947 John Hope Franklin, then a professor of history at North Carolina College for Negroes, wrote From Slavery to Freedom. Now in its eighth edition, that book, which redefined our understanding...


The Collected Works of Langston Hughes v. 6; Gospel Plays, Operas and Later Dramatic Works

Although Langston Hughes had a lifelong engagement in theatre and other performance arts, his work in this area is the least known of his rich and complex contributions to African American expressive...