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African-American History

  • Details about Overground Railroad

    Overground Railroad

    Candacy Taylor

    The first book to explore the historical role and residual impact of the Green Book, a travel guide for black motorists Published from 1936 to 1966, the Green Book was hailed as the "black travel guide to America." At that time, it was very dangerous and di cult for African-Americans to travel because black travelers couldn't eat, sleep, or buy gas at most white-owned businesses. The Green Book listed hotels, restaurants, gas stations, and other businesses that were safe for black travelers. It ……more

  • Details about Skinny House

    Skinny House

    Julie L. Seely

    Skinny House-A Memoir of Family is a granddaughter's story about the grandfather she never met and the famous house he built in Mamaroneck, New York. This rare, first-rate family saga of three generations of an African American family poses a question for all of us: What do we really know about the dreams and aspirations of our ancestors?…more

  • Details about The World's Fastest Man

    The World's Fastest Man

    Michael Kranish

    In the tradition of The Boys in the Boat and Seabiscuit, a fascinating portrait of a groundbreaking but forgotten figure—the remarkable Major Taylor, the black man who broke racial barriers by becoming the world’s fastest and most famous bicyclist at the height of the Jim Crow era. In the 1890s, the nation’s promise of equality had failed spectacularly. While slavery had ended with the Civil War, the Jim Crow laws still separated blacks from whites, and the excesses of the Gild……more

  • Details about We Return Fighting

    We Return Fighting

    Nat'l Mus Nat'l Mus Afr Am Hist Culture

    A richly illustrated commemoration of African Americans' roles in World War I highlighting how the wartime experience reshaped their lives and their communities after they returned home. This stunning book presents artifacts, medals, and photographs alongside powerful essays that together highlight the efforts of African Americans during World War I. As in many previous wars, black soldiers served the United States during the war, but they were assigned to segregated units and often relegated to……more

  • Details about Lighting the Fires of Freedom

    Lighting the Fires of Freedom

    Janet Dewart Bell

    "Through wide-ranging conversations with nine African American women, several now in their nineties with decades of untold stories, we hear what ignited and fueled their activism, as Bell vividly captures their inspiring voices"--…more

  • Details about Rising from the Rails

    Rising from the Rails

    Larry Tye

    Describes how the Pullman Company hired former slaves as sleeping car porters and became the largest employer of African American men in the country by the 1920s, creating a unique culture that blazed a path for a black middle class.…more

  • Details about A Black Women's History of the United States

    A Black Women's History of the United States

    Daina Ramey Berry

    "A Black Women's History of the United States is a critical survey of black women's complicated legacy in America, as it takes into account their exploitation and victimization as well as their undeniable and substantial contributions to the country since its inception"--…more

  • Details about The Bone and Sinew of the Land: America's Forgotten Black Pioneers and the Struggle for Equality

    The Bone and Sinew of the Land: America's Forgotten Black Pioneers and the Struggle for Equality

    Anna-Lisa Cox

    The story of America's forgotten black pioneers, who escaped slavery, settled the frontier, and proved that racial equality was possible even as the country headed toward civil war. The American frontier is one of our most cherished and enduring national images. We think of the early settlers who tamed the wilderness and built the bones of our great country as courageous, independent--and white. In this groundbreaking work of deep historical research, Anna-Lisa Cox shows that this history sim……more

  • Details about The Great Stain: Witnessing American Slavery

    The Great Stain: Witnessing American Slavery

    Noel Rae (Contribution by)

    In this "essential" (Kirkus) new work, Noel Rae integrates firsthand accounts into a narrative history that brings the reader face to face with slavery's everyday reality, expertly weaving together narratives that span hundreds of years. From the travel journals of sixteenth-century Spanish settlers who offered religious instruction and "protection" in exchange for farm labor, to the diaries of poetess Phillis Wheatley and Reverend Cotton Mather, to Central Park designer Frederick Law Olmsted's ……more

  • Details about Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Escaped Slavery and Became Millionaires

    Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Escaped Slavery and Became Millionaires

    Shomari Wills (Contribution by)

    One of Ebony Magazine's True Read picks of 2018 "By telling the little-known stories of six pioneering African American entrepreneurs, Black Fortunes makes a worthy contribution to black history, to business history, and to American history."--Margot Lee Shetterly, Author of the New York Times Bestseller Hidden Figures The astonishing untold history of America's first black millionaires--former slaves who endured incredible challenges to amass and maintain their wealth for a century, from the ……more

  • Details about Hidden Figures

    Hidden Figures

    Margot Lee Shetterly

    The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America s greatest achievements in space. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner. Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as human computers used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that wou……more

  • Details about Hollywood black : the stars, the films, the filmmakers

    Hollywood black : the stars, the films, the filmmakers

    Donald Bogle

    The story opens in the silent film era, when white actors in blackface often played black characters, but also saw the rise of independent African American filmmakers, including the remarkable Oscar Micheaux. It follows the changes in the film industry with the arrival of sound motion pictures and the Great Depression, when black performers such as Stepin Fetchit and Bill "Bojangles" Robinson began finding a place in Hollywood. More often than not, they were saddled with rigidly stereotyped role……more

  • Details about Hinsonville's Heroes: Black Civil War Soldiers of Chester County, Pennsylvania

    Hinsonville's Heroes: Black Civil War Soldiers of Chester County, Pennsylvania

    Cheryl Renée Gooch, PhD

    The free black community of Hinsonville sent its sons to serve the Union when called on. As members of the Fifty-Fourth Massachusetts Volunteers, brothers Wesley, William and George Jay survived the bloody battle at Fort Wagner, South Carolina, memorialized in the film Glory. George W. Duffy and Stephen J. Ringgold were part of the only black regiment to lead President Lincoln's funeral procession in Washington. William B. Fitzgerald, Abraham Stout, Samuel H. Blake and Isaac A. Hollingsworth fou……more

  • Details about Dream a World Anew

    Dream a World Anew

    National Museum of African American History and Culture (U.S.)

    "In association with the National Museum of African American History and Culture."…more