African American Studies

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  1. Book ImageThe Strange Career of William Ellis: The Texas Slave Who Became a Mexican Millionaire

    Karl Jacoby

    A prize-winning historian tells a new story of the black experience in America through the life of a mysterious entrepreneur.More

  2. Book ImageHe Calls Me By Lightning: The Life of Caliph Washington and the forgotten Saga of Jim Crow, Southern Justice, and the Death Penalty

    S Jonathan Bass

    A heroic reconstruction of the forgotten life of a wrongfully convicted man whose story becomes an historic portrait of racial injustice in the civil rights era.More

  3. Book ImageBlood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America

    Patrick Phillips

    A gripping tale of racial cleansing in Forsyth County, Georgia, and a harrowing testament to the deep roots of racial violence in America.More

  4. Book ImageNarrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

    Frederick Douglass, William L. Andrews, William S. McFeely

    Second Edition

    This revision of the acclaimed and widely assigned Norton Critical Edition of Frederick Douglass’s great autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself includes key examples of literary and cultural analyses that have engaged scholars over the last three decades.More

  5. Book ImageOf Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin

    Phil Cushway, Victoria Smith, Michael Warr

    This stunning work illuminates today’s black experience through the voices of our most transformative and powerful African American poets.More

  6. Book ImageThe March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights

    William P. Jones

    “Vivid and moving. . . . [Tells] a story all but lost in most civil rights histories.”—Bill Marvel, Dallas Morning NewsMore

  7. Book ImageFor Adam's Sake: A Family Saga in Colonial New England

    Allegra di Bonaventura

    “Incomparably vivid . . . as enthralling a portrait of family life [in colonial New England] as we are likely to have.”—Wall Street JournalMore

  8. Book ImageThe Norton Anthology of African American Literature

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Valerie Smith, William L. Andrews, Et Al.

    Third Edition / Volume(s): 2 / Realism, Naturalism, Modernism to the Present

    An exciting revision of the best-selling anthology for African American literary survey courses.More

  9. Book ImageThe Norton Anthology of African American Literature

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Valerie Smith, William L. Andrews, Et Al.

    Third Edition / Volume(s): 1 / Beginnings through the Harlem Renaissance

    An exciting revision of the best-selling anthology for African American literary survey courses.More

  10. Book ImageThe Norton Anthology of African American Literature

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Valerie Smith, William L. Andrews, Et Al.

    Third Edition / Volume(s): Two Volume Set

    An exciting revision of the best-selling anthology for African American literary survey courses.More

  11. Book ImageFreedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861–1865

    James Oakes

    A powerful history of emancipation that reshapes our understanding of Lincoln, the Civil War, and the end of American slavery.More

  12. Book ImageDarkest America: Black Minstrelsy from Slavery to Hip-Hop

    Yuval Taylor, Jake Austen, Mel Watkins

    An exploration and celebration of a controversial tradition that, contrary to popular opinion, is alive and active after more than 150 years.More

  13. Book ImageMightier than the Sword: Uncle Tom's Cabin and the Battle for America

    David S. Reynolds

    “Fascinating . . . a lively and perceptive cultural history.” —Annette Gordon-Reed, The New YorkerMore

  14. Book ImageCane

    Jean Toomer, Rudolph P. Byrd, Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

    New Edition

    “A breakthrough in prose and poetical writing. . . . This book should be on all readers’ and writers’ desks and in their minds.”—Maya AngelouMore

  15. Book ImageCall and Response: Key Debates in African American Studies

    Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Jennifer Burton

    Class-tested by Henry Louis Gates Jr. in his groundbreaking course, Call and Response is an innovative core reader for African American Studies.More

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