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The Meaning of Soul: Black Music and Resilience since the 1960s

Emily J. Lordi · Duke University Press Books
Pages: 224
Format: Paperback

In The Meaning of Soul, Emily J. Lordi proposes a new understanding of this famously elusive concept. In the 1960s, Lordi argues, soul came to signify a cultural belief in black resilience, which was enacted through musical practices - inventive cover versions, falsetto vocals, adlibs,...
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Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case

Patricia Hruby Powell · Chronicle Books
Pages: 260
Format: Print book

From acclaimed author Patricia Hruby Powell comes the story of a landmark civil rights case, told in spare and gorgeous verse. In 1955, in Caroline County, Virginia, amidst segregation and prejudice, injustice and cruelty, two teenagers fell in love. Their life together broke the law, but their...
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Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom

DAVID W BLIGHT · Simon & Schuster
Pages: 896
Format: Hardcover

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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A Promised Land

Barack Obama
Format: Hardcover

In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark...
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His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope

Jon Meacham · Random House
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover

An intimate and revealing portrait of civil rights icon and longtime U.S. congressman John Lewis, linking his life to the quest for justice in America from the 1950s to the present - from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Soul of America John Lewis, who at age twenty-five marched...
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Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow

Henry Louis Gates Jr. · Penguin Press
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover

A profound new rendering of the struggle by African-Americans for equality after the Civil War and the violent counter-revolution that resubjugated them, as seen through the prism of the war of images and ideas that have left an enduring racist stain on the American mind.

The abolition...
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Bending Toward Justice: The Birmingham Church Bombing that Changed the Course of Civil Rights

Jones, Doug · All Points Books
Pages: 384
Format: Hardcover

The story of the decades-long fight to bring justice to the victims of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, culminating in Sen. Doug Jones' prosecution of the last living bombers.

On September 15, 1963, the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama was bombed. The blast...

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The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King · Intellectual Properties Management in association with Warner Books
Pages: 416
Format: Print book

First-person account of the extraordinary life of America's greatest civil rights leader. It begins with his boyhood as the son of a preacher, his education as a minister, his ascendancy as a leader of civil rights, & his complex relationships with leading political & social...
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Things Fall Apart

Chinua Achebe · Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Format: Paperback

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Sojourner Truth: A Life, a Symbol

Nell Irvin Painter

Sojourner Truth: ex-slave and fiery abolitionist, figure of imposing physique, riveting preacher and spellbinding singer who dazzled listeners with her wit and originality. Straight talking and unsentimental, Truth became a national symbol for strong black women - indeed, for all
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The House Girl: A Novel

Tara Conklin · William Morrow
Format: Hardcover

The House Girl, the historical fiction debut by Tara Conklin, is an unforgettable story of love, history, and a search for justice, set in modern-day New York and 1852 Virginia.Weaving together the story of an escaped slave in the pre-Civil War South and a determined junior lawyer, The House...
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Between the World and Me

Ta-Nehisi Coates · Spiegel & Grau
Pages: 152
Format: Print book

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER | NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER | NAACP IMAGE AWARD WINNER | PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST | NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST | NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review * O: The Oprah Magazine * The Washington...
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Go Tell It on the Mountain (Modern Library)

James Baldwin · Modern Library
Pages: 303
Format: Hardcover

Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time

"Mountain," Baldwin said, "is the book I had to write if I was ever going to write anything else." Go Tell It On The Mountain, first published in 1953, is Baldwin's first major work, a novel...
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The New Jim Crow:

Michelle Alexander · New Press
Pages: 312
Format: Paperback

Once in a great while a book comes along that changes the way we see the world and helps to fuel a nationwide social movement. The New Jim Crow is such a book. Praised by Harvard Law professor Lani Guinier as "brave and bold," this book directly challenges the notion that...
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