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1 - Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America

Marcia Chatelain · Liveright

From civil rights to Ferguson, Franchise reveals the untold history of how fast food became one of the greatest generators of black wealth in America.Often blamed for the rising rates of obesity and diabetes among black Americans, fast food restaurants like McDonald's have long symbolized...
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2 - Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America

W. Caleb McDaniel · Oxford University Press

The unforgettable saga of one enslaved woman's fight for justice--and reparations

Born into slavery, Henrietta Wood was taken to Cincinnati and legally freed in 1848. In 1853, a Kentucky deputy sheriff named Zebulon Ward colluded with Wood's employer, abducted her, and sold her back...
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3 - Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

DAVID W BLIGHT · Simon & Schuster

The definitive, dramatic biography of the most important African-American of the nineteenth century: Frederick Douglass, the escaped slave who became the greatest orator of his day and one of the leading abolitionists and writers of the era.

As a young man Frederick Douglass (1818-1895)...
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4 - The Gulf: The Making of An American Sea

Jack E Davis · Liveright

The tragic collision between civilization and nature in the Gulf of Mexico becomes a uniquely American story in this environmental epic.

When painter Winslow Homer first sailed into the Gulf of Mexico, he was struck by its "special kind of providence." Indeed, the Gulf...

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5 - Blood in the water : the Attica prison uprising of 1971 and its legacy

Heather Ann Thompson · Pantheon

The first definitive account of the infamous 1971 Attica prison uprising, the state's violent response, and the victims' decades-long quest for justice - including information never released to the public - published to coincide with the forty-fifth anniversary of this historic event.

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6 - Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America

T. J. Stiles · Knopf

From the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner, a brilliant new biography of Gen. George Armstrong Custer that radically changes our view of the man and his turbulent times.In this magisterial biography, T. J. Stiles paints a portrait of Custer both deeply personal and sweeping...
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7 - Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People

Elizabeth A. Fenn · Farrar Straus & Giroux

Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for HistoryEncounters at the Heart of the World concerns the Mandan Indians, iconic Plains people whose teeming, busy towns on the upper Missouri River were for centuries at the center of the North American universe. We know of them mostly because Lewis...
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8 - The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832

Alan Taylor · W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition

Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for History This searing story of slavery and freedom in the Chesapeake by a Pulitzer Prize–winning historian reveals the pivot in the nation’s path between the founding and civil war. Frederick Douglass recalled that slaves living along Chesapeake...
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9 - Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam

Fredrik Logevall · Random House

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE Written with the style of a great novelist and the intrigue of a Cold War thriller, Embers of War is a landmark work that will forever change your understanding of how and why America went to war in Vietnam. Tapping newly accessible diplomatic archives in several...
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10 - Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

Manning Marable · Viking Adult; First Edition edition

Years in the making--the definitive biography of the legendary black activist. Of the great figure in twentieth-century American history perhaps none is more complex and controversial than Malcolm X. Constantly rewriting his own story, he became a criminal, a minister, a leader, and an icon,...
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11 - The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery

Eric Foner · W. W. Norton & Company; First Edition edition

Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in History, the Bancroft Prize, and the Lincoln Prize: from a master historian, the story of Lincoln's -- and the nation's -- transformation through the crucible of slavery and emancipation. In this landmark work of deep scholarship and insight,...
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12 - Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World

Liaquat Ahamed · William Heinemann

With a keen sense of history and compelling narrative skills, Liaquat Ahamed gives us a vivid and dramatic account of four men whose actions led to the world economic collapse of the late 1920s.Many of us presume that the Great Depression resulted from a confluence of inexorable forces...
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13 - The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

Annette Gordon-Reed · W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition

This epic work tells the story of the Hemingses, whose close blood ties to our third president had been systematically expunged from American history until very recently. Now, historian and legal scholar Annette Gordon-Reed traces the Hemings family from its origins in Virginia in the 1700s...
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14 - What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 (The Oxford History of the United States, Vol. 5)

Daniel Walker Howe · Oxford University Press, USA

The Oxford History of the United States is by far the most respected multi-volume history of our nation. In this Pulitzer prize-winning, critically acclaimed addition to the series, historian Daniel Walker Howe illuminates the period from the battle of New Orleans to the end of the Mexican-American...
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15 - The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation

Gene Roberts · Knopf; First Edition edition

This is the story of how America awakened to its race problem, of how a nation that longed for unity after World War II came instead to see, hear, and learn about the shocking indignities and injustices of racial segregation in the South—and the brutality used to enforce it. It is the story...
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16 - Polio: An American Story

David M. Oshinsky

Here David Oshinsky tells the gripping story of the polio terror and of the intense effort to find a cure, from the March of Dimes to the discovery of the Salk and Sabin vaccines--and beyond. Drawing on newly available papers of Jonas Salk, Albert Sabin and other key players, Oshinsky...
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17 - Washington's Crossing

David Hackett Fischer · Oxford University Press

Six months after the Declaration of Independence, the American Revolution was all but lost. A powerful British force had routed the Americans at New York, occupied three colonies, and advanced within sight of Philadelphia.Yet, as David Hackett Fischer recounts in this riveting history,...
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18 - A Nation under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration

Steven Hahn · Belknap press of Harvard University press

This is the epic story of how African-Americans, in the six decades following slavery, transformed themselves into a political people--an embryonic black nation. As Steven Hahn demonstrates, rural African-Americans were central political actors in the great events of disunion, emancipation,...
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19 - An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943 (The Liberation Trilogy, Vol. 1)

Rick Atkinson · Henry Holt and Co.; 1st edition

In the first volume of his monumental trilogy about the liberation of Europe in WW II, Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Atkinson tells the riveting story of the war in North AfricaThe liberation of Europe and the destruction of the Third Reich is a story of courage and enduring triumph, of calamity...
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20 - The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America

Louis Menand · Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The Metaphysical Club is the winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for History.A riveting, original book about the creation of modern American thought.The Metaphysical Club was an informal group that met in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1872, to talk about ideas. Its members included Oliver...
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21 - Founding Brothers : the Revolutionary Generation

Joseph J Ellis · Alfred A. Knopf

Includes material on John Adams, Aaron Burr, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington.
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