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Critical Book Review
Race Matters by
Call Number: Print Books (E185.615 .W43 1993 )
Publication Date: 1993-04-01
First published in 1993 on the one-year anniversary of the L.A. riots, Race Matters has since become an American classic. Beacon Press is proud to present this hardcover edition with a new introduction by Cornel West. The issues that it addresses are as controversial and urgent as before, and West's insights remain fresh, exciting, and timely. Now more than ever, Race Matters is a book for all Americans-one that will help us build a genuine multiracial democracy.
Black Looks by
Call Number: E185.86 .H734 1992
Publication Date: 1999-07-01
In these twelve essays, bell hooks digs ever deeper into the personal and political consequences of contemporary representations of race and ethnicity within a white supremacist culture.
Race Rebels by
Publication Date: 1994-11-15
Examines day-to-day examples of resistance against discrimination, noting how slowdowns, migrations, and sabotage were done in a way that made them seem less threatening.
Tar Baby by
Call Number: Print Books (PS3563.O8749 T37 )
Publication Date: 1981-03-12
Tar Baby, audacious and hypnotic, is masterful in its mingling of tones--of longing and alarm, of urbanity and a primal, mythic force in which the landscape itself becomes animate, alive with a wild, dark complicity in the fates of the people whose drama unfolds.
Centering Ourselves by
Call Number: Print Books (PE3102.N44 C46 2002 )
Publication Date: 2001-04-01
This work suggests an approach to the study of black women as communicators that centres on the knowledge and wisdom conveyed through the 19th and 20th centuries both in the public rhetoric of notable black women and in ordinary women's everyday conversations.
The Grace of Silence by
Call Number: Print Books (PN4874.N64 A3 2010 )
Publication Date: 2010-09-21
In the wake of talk of a "postracial" America upon Barack Obama's ascension as president of the United States, Michele Norris, cohost of National Public Radio's flagship program All Things Considered, set out to write, through original reporting, a book about "the hidden conversation" on race that is unfolding nationwide. She would, she thought, base her book on the frank disclosures of others on the subject, but she was soon disabused of her presumption when forced to confront the fact that "the conversation" in her own family had not been forthright.
The Content of Our Character by
Call Number: Print Books (E185.615 .S74 1990 )
Publication Date: 1998-09-23
In this controversial essay collection, award-winning writer Shelby Stelle illuminates the origins of the current conflict in race relations--the increase in anger, mistrust, and even violence between black and whites. With candor and persuasive argument, he shows us how both black and white Americans have become trapped into seeing color before character, and how social policies designed to lessen racial inequities have instead increased them. The Content of Our Character is neither "liberal" nor "conservative," but an honest, courageous look at America's most enduring and wrenching social dilemma.
The Wretched of the Earth by
Publication Date: 2005-03-12
A distinguished psychiatrist from Martinique who took part in the Algerian Nationalist Movement, Frantz Fanon was one of the most important theorists of revolutionary struggle, colonialism, and racial difference in history.The Wretched of the Earth is a brilliant analysis of the psychology of the colonized and their path to liberation. Bearing singular insight into the rage and frustration of colonized peoples, and the role of violence in effecting historical change, the book incisively attacks the twin perils of postindependence colonial politics: the disenfranchisement of the masses by the elites on the one hand, and intertribal and interfaith animosities on the other. Fanon’s analysis, a veritable handbook of social reorganization for leaders of emerging nations, has been reflected all too clearly in the corruption and violence that has plagued present-day Africa. The Wretched of the Earth has had a major impact on civil rights, anticolonialism, and black consciousness movements around the world, and this bold new translation by Richard Philcox reaffirms it as a landmark.
The Black Jacobins by
Call Number: Print Books (F1923 .T85 1963 )
Publication Date: 1989-10-23
A classic and impassioned account of the first revolution in the Third World. This powerful, intensely dramatic book is the definitive account of the Haitian Revolution of 1794-1803, a revolution that began in the wake of the Bastille but became the model for the Third World liberation movements from Africa to Cuba. It is the story of the French colony of San Domingo, a place where the brutality of master toward slave was commonplace and ingeniously refined. And it is the story of a barely literate slave named Toussaint L'Ouverture, who led the black people of San Domingo in a successful struggle against successive invasions by overwhelming French, Spanish, and English forces and in the process helped form the first independent nation in the Caribbean.
The Warmth of Other Suns by
Call Number: Print Books (E185.6 .W685 2010 )
Publication Date: 2010-09-07
In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life.
The Audacity of Hope by
Call Number: Print Books (E901.1.O23 A3 2007 )
Publication Date: 2007-11-06
The Audacity of Hope is Barack Obama’s call for a different brand of politics—a politics for those weary of bitter partisanship and alienated by the “endless clash of armies” we see in congress and on the campaign trail; a politics rooted in the faith, inclusiveness, and nobility of spirit at the heart of “our improbable experiment in democracy.”
Racism without Racists by
Call Number: E184.A1 B597 2010
Publication Date: 2009-11-16
Eduardo Bonilla-Silva documented how beneath the rhetorical maze of contemporary racial discourse lies a full-blown arsenal of arguments, phrases, and stories that whites use to account for and ultimately justify racial inequities.
Call Number: Print Books (GN21.R57 R36 2013 )
Publication Date: 2013-01-08
Eslanda "Essie" Cardozo Goode Robeson lived a colorful and amazing life. Her career and commitments took her many places: colonial Africa in 1936, the front lines of the Spanish Civil War, the founding meeting of the United Nations, Nazi-occupied Berlin, Stalin's Russia, and China two months after Mao's revolution.
Colored People by
Call Number: Print Books (PS29.G28 A3 1994 )
Publication Date: 1994-05-10
From an American Book Award-winning author comes a pungent and poignant masterpiece of recollection that ushers readers into a now-vanished "colored" world and extends and deepens our sense of African-American history, even as it entrances us with its bravura storytelling. From the Trade Paperback edition.
The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks by
Call Number: Print Books (F334.M753 P3883 2013b )
Publication Date: 2013-01-29
The definitive political biography of Rosa Parks examines her six decades of activism, challenging perceptions of her as an accidental actor in the civil rights movement Presenting a corrective to the popular notion of Rosa Parks as the quiet seamstress who, with a single act, birthed the modern civil rights movement, Theoharis provides a revealing window into Parks's politics and years of activism.
David Walker's Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World by
Call Number: Online access
Publication Date: 2000-04-28
Peter P. Hinks, the leading authority on David Walker, provides a masterly introduction and extensive annotations that incorporate the most up-to-date research on Walker, much of it first reported by Hinks in his highly acclaimed biography, To Awaken My Afflicted Brethren. Hinks also includes a unique appendix of documents showing the contemporary response--from North and South, black and white--to the Appeal itself and Walker's attempts to distribute it in the South.
The Autobiography of W. E. B. Du Bois by
Call Number: Print Books (E185.97.D73 A3 )
Publication Date: 2007-03-15
Published posthumously in 1968, The Autobiography of W. E. B. Du Bois is his last and most complete autobiography. Covering his life over almost a century of living in America, it's the closest thing we have to a true autobiography of this important scholar and activist. The book, broken up into three parts, delves into the 90-year-old Du Bois's thoughts on everything from his relationship with sex to his storied association with the NAACP to his political persecution during the Cold War years to his many travels abroad.
C. L. R. James and Creolization by
Call Number: Online access
Publication Date: 2007-06-01
Defining creolization as a process by which European, African, Amerindian, Asian, and American cultures are amalgamated to form new hybrid identities and cultures, Nicole King uses this process as a means to understanding James's work and life. She argues that, throughout his career, whether writing a short story or a political history, James articulated his attempt to produce revolutionary, radical discourses with a consistent methodology.
Angela Davis by
Call Number: Print Books (E185.97.D23 A3 1988 )
Publication Date: 1988-12-01
Her own powerful story to 1972, told with warmth, brilliance, humor and conviction, with a 1988 Introduction by the author.
Ida B. Wells by
Call Number: Print Books (E185.97.W55 M94 2008 )
Publication Date: 2008-10-28
Ida B. Wells was an extraordinary woman. Long before boycotts, sit-ins, and freedom rides, Ida B. Wells was hard at work to better the lives of African Americans. An activist, educator, writer, journalist, suffragette, and pioneering voice against the horror of lynching, she used fierce determination and the power of the pen to educate the world about the unequal treatment of blacks in the United States. Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Walter Dean Myers tells the story of this legendary figure, which blends harmoniously with the historically detailed watercolor paintings of illustrator Bonnie Christensen. Supports the Common Core State Standards
Notable Black American Women by
Call Number: Reference (E185.96 .N68 1992 )
Publication Date: 1991-12-20
A biographical narrative on 500 notable black American women, this book offers information on their various fields of activity and includes statements from the subjects themselves. Figures included in the book are Althea Gibson, Vivian Malone, and Eartha Kitt.
By Any Means Necessary by
Call Number: BP223.Z8 L572 2012
Publication Date: 2012-02-28
Compiled as a response to Manning Marable's controversial new biography of Malcolm X, more than 30 noted scholars from the African American community offer their opinions on Marable's portrayal of the man.
Malcolm X by
Call Number: Print Books (BP223.Z8 L5778 2004 )
Publication Date: 2004-11-30
The texts of speeches that Malcolm delivered while he was a minister for the Nation of Islam and the texts of speeches and statements he made after he left the Nation are analyzed carefully to discern the strategies of interpretation and judgment that he enacted and fostered in his audiences. Finally, this radical judgment, presented in and through Malcolm's public discourse, is re-contextualized by using three disparate theoretical approaches.
Warrior Poet by
Call Number: Print Books (PS3562.O75 Z66 2004 )
Publication Date: 2004-05-01
Audre Lorde (1934-1992) was the author of The Cancer Journals, and an icon of American womanhood, poetry, African American arts and survival. She created a mythic identity for herself that retains its vitality to this day. Alexis De Veaux demystifies Lorde's iconic status, charting her childhood; her marriage to a white, gay man with whom she had two children; her emergence as an outspoken black feminist lesbian poet; and her canonisation as a seminal poet of American literature. Lorde's restless search for a spiritual home finally brought her to the island of St Croix in 1986. estate, personal journals, and interviews with members of Lorde's family, friends and lovers. Assessing the cultural legacy of a woman who personified the civil rights struggles of the twentieth century, De Veaux pays homage to one of the most courageous, singular voices of American letters.
Arthur Ashe by
Call Number: Print Books (GV994.A7 S74 2005 )
Publication Date: 2005-09-01
The life story of the great African American tennis player who helped break down the racial barriers of tennis and went on to become one of the great champions of the game.
Days of Grace by
Call Number: Print Books (GV994.A7 A3 1993 )
Publication Date: 1993-06-15
A memoir, concentrating on the 1980s, of the deceased African American tennis player who won the Davis Cup and died from AIDS. Awards: YALSA Best Book for Young Adults.
Talking at the Gates by
Call Number: Print Books (PS3552.A45 Z63 1991 )
Publication Date: 1991-05-21
For Freedom's Sake by
Call Number: Print Books (E185.97.H35 L44 1999 )
Publication Date: 1999-07-12
The youngest of twenty children of sharecroppers in rural Mississippi, Fannie Lou Hamer witnessed throughout her childhood the white cruelty, political exclusion, and relentless economic exploitation that defined black existence in the Delta. In this intimate biography, Chana Kai Lee documents Hamer's lifelong crusade to empower the poor through collective action, her rise to national prominence as a civil rights activist, and the personal costs of her ongoing struggle to win a political voice and economic self-sufficiency for blacks in the segregated South.
Fannie Lou Hamer by
Call Number: Print Books (E185.97.H35 B73 2011 )
Publication Date: 2011-02-23
Known for her daring, her brinkmanship and her impassioned speech-making, Hamer rose to prominence in the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, an intrepid group which tried to unseat the predominantly white Democrats of Mississippi during the 1964 Democratic National Convention. She is particularly remembered for her speech before the Credentials Committee, seeking to end all-white representation of her home state.
Zora Neale Hurston by
Call Number: Print Books (PS3515.U789 Z7 1977 )
Publication Date: 1980-09-01
'This book is valuable in many areas. It is a good sourcebook for the Harlem Renaissance period. It is excellent for teaching purposes because of the extensive notes and bibliography.' -American Literature
Jump at de Sun by
Call Number: Print Books (PS3515.U789 Z83 1992 )
Publication Date: 1992-07-01
The Story of Zora Neale Hurston.
Call Number: Print Books (GR55.H86 A3 1995 )
Publication Date: 1995-02-01
Bayard Rustin by
Call Number: Print Books (E185.97.R93 A53 1997 )
Publication Date: 1997-02-01
As organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, the Montgomery bus boycott, and architect of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Rustin's influence on American culture has been immeasurable. Written with complete access to Rustin's personal papers, this biography delves into the character of this influential man. Photos.
Lost Prophet by
Call Number: Print Books (E185.97.R93 D46 2003 )
Publication Date: 2003-08-05
Examines the life of Bayard Rustin, the civil rights activist who organized the 1963 March on Washington, detailing his struggles as being openly gay and his campaigns for civil rights.
Bayard Rustin by
Call Number: Print Books (E185.97.R93 P63 2009 )
Publication Date: 2008-12-16
This biography of Bayard Rustin?a humanist who championed the disadvantaged and oppressed, regardless of identity?features excerpts from Rustin's writings, a transcript of his first meeting with Malcolm X, and the text of speeches by civil rights leaders whom he influenced.
Booker T. Washington by
Call Number: Print Books (E185.97.W4 S667 2009 )
Publication Date: 2009-06-16
Raymond W. Smock's interpretive biography explores Washington's rise from slavery to a position of power and influence that no black leader had ever before achieved in American history.
Barbara Jordan by
Call Number: Print Books (E838.5 .J6735 2007 )
Publication Date: 2007-02-01
Throughout her career as a Texas senator, U.S. congresswoman, and distinguished professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, Barbara Jordan lived by a simple creed: "Ethical behavior means being honest, telling the truth, and doing what you said you were going to do."