African American History

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  1. Book ImageFrederick Douglass, Slavery, and the Constitution, 1845

    Mark Higbee, James Brewer Stewart

    Reacting to the Past is an award-winning series of immersive role-playing games that actively engage students in their own learning. Students assume the roles of historical characters to practice critical thinking, primary source analysis, and both written and spoken argument. Reacting games are flexible enough to be used across the curriculum, from first-year general education classes and discussion sections of lecture classes to capstone experiences and honors programs.More

  2. Book ImageTwelve Years a Slave

    Solomon Northup, Kevin M. Burke, Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

    This Norton Critical Edition of Solomon Northup’s harrowing autobiography is based on the 1853 first edition. It is accompanied by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Kevin Burke’s introduction and detailed explanatory footnotes.More

  3. Book ImageDefying Dixie: The Radical Roots of Civil Rights, 1919-1950

    Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore

    “Remarkable . . . an eye-opening book [on] the freedom struggle that changed the South, the nation, and the world.” —Washington PostMore

  4. Book ImageEverybody Says Freedom: A History of the Civil Rights Movement in Songs and Pictures

    Pete Seeger, Bob Reiser, Jesse Jackson

    “Filled with beautiful music, glorious lyrics, and the soul of one of the most important historical and social revolutions of our history.” —Judy CollinsMore

  5. Book ImageThe Age of Jim Crow

    Jane Dailey

    America’s racial history has been marked by both hard-won progress and sudden reversals of fortune.More

  6. Book ImageGoing Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King's Last Campaign

    Michael K. Honey

    The definitive history of the epic struggle for economic justice that became Martin Luther King Jr.'s last crusade.More

  7. Book ImageToo Heavy a Load: Black Women in Defense of Themselves, 1894-1994

    Deborah Gray White

    "Meticulously researched. . . . Too Heavy a Load reads like a wonderful historical novel."--Akilah Monifa, EmergeMore

  8. Book ImageIn Search of the Racial Frontier: African Americans in the American West 1528-1990

    Quintard Taylor

    "This is an enthralling work that will be essential reading for years to come. You finish it understanding how integral a part blacks were of the making of the West and, indeed, America." — David Nicholson, Washington PostMore

  9. Book ImageAr'n't I a Woman?: Female Slaves in the Plantation South

    Deborah Gray White

    Revised Edition

    "This is one of those rare books that quickly became the standard work in its field. Professor White has done justice to the complexity of her subject."—Anne Firor Scott, Duke UniversityMore

  10. Book ImageHis Promised Land: The Autobiography of John P. Parker, Former Slave and Conductor on the Underground Railroad

    John P. Parker, Stuart Seely Sprague

    "Surpasses all previous slave narratives…Usually we need to invent our American heroes. With the publication of Parker's extraordinary memoir, we seem to have discovered the genuine article." —Joseph J. Ellis, CivilizationMore

  11. Book ImageSojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol

    Nell Irvin Painter

    A monumental biography of one of the most important black women of the nineteenth century.More

  12. Book ImageWe Are Your Sisters: Black Women in the Nineteenth Century

    Dorothy Sterling, Mary Helen Washington

    "A remarkable documentary and the first in-depth record of many black women, slave and free."--Dorothy B. Porter, curator emeritus, Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University
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  13. Book ImageBond of Iron: Master and Slave at Buffalo Forge

    Charles B. Dew

    A study of African-American workers empowered and partly liberated by their skills.More

  14. Book ImageTime on the Cross: The Economics of American Slavery

    Robert William Fogel, Stanley L. Engerman

    First published in 1974, Fogel and Engerman's groundbreaking book reexamined the economic foundations of American slavery, marking "the start of a new period of slavery scholarship and some searching revisions of a national tradition" (C. Vann Woodward, New York Review of Books).
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  15. Book ImageWithout Consent or Contract: The Rise and Fall of American Slavery

    Robert William Fogel

    "[Fogel's] exceedingly careful testing of all possible sources and his pioneering methodological approach have allowed [him] both to increase our knowledge of an institutions operation and disintegration and to renew our methods of research." —from the citation to Robert William Fogel for the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic SciencesMore

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