African American Studies

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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Book ImageMen of Color to Arms!: Black Soldiers, Indian Wars, and the Quest for Equality

    Elizabeth D. Leonard

    The story of the black soldiers who helped save the Union, conquer the West, and build the nation.More

  5. Book ImageMore than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City

    William Julius Wilson

    A preeminent sociologist of race explains a groundbreaking new framework for understanding racial inequality, challenging both conservative and liberal dogma.More

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Book ImageCarolina Clay: The Life and Legend of the Slave Potter Dave

    Leonard Todd

    The compelling story of a slave, owned by the author's ancestors, who became one of the singular artists of the nineteenth century.More

  10. Book ImageAll on Fire: William Lloyd Garrison and the Abolition of Slavery

    Henry Mayer

    "Superb....[A] richly researched, passionately written book."--William E. Cain, Boston GlobeMore

  11. 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

  12. Book ImageThe Radical and the Republican: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the Triumph of Antislavery Politics

    James Oakes

    "A great American tale told with a deft historical eye, painstaking analysis, and a supple clarity of writing.”—Jean BakerMore

  13. Book ImagePassing

    Nella Larsen, Carla Kaplan

    Nella Larsen is a central figure in African American, Modernist, and women’s literature.More

  14. Book ImageAn Illuminated Life: Bella da Costa Greene's Journey from Prejudice to Privilege

    Heidi Ardizzone

    The secret life of the sensational woman behind the Morgan masterpieces, who lit up New York society.More

  15. Book ImageThe Annotated Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Harriet Beecher Stowe, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Hollis Robbins

    Henry Louis Gates Jr. redefines Uncle Tom's Cabin with this seminal interpretation of the great American novel.More

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