African American Studies

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  1. Book ImageSapelo's People: A Long Walk into Freedom

    William S. McFeely

    "A searing metaphorical X-ray of a people battling to find space where they can become themselves. . . . I am deeply grateful for McFeely's magnificent effort of thought, empathy, scholarship and imagination." —Roger Wilkins, Los Angeles Times Book Review (front-page review)More

  2. 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).

  3. Book ImageUp From Slavery

    Booker T. Washington, William L. Andrews

    Upon its publication in 1901, Up From Slavery became the most influential book written by an African American. As one of a handful of classic American autobiographies, its place in the literary and historical canons is assured. This Norton Critical Edition includes as its text the first book edition, published by Doubleday, Page and Company. The text is fully annotated and includes the index that appended the first book edition.More

  4. Book ImageLife Notes: Personal Writings by Contemporary Black Women

    Patricia Bell-Scott

    Life Notes is the first collection devoted exclusively to writings from the journals, diaries, and personal notebooks of contemporary black women.

  5. Book ImageHe Had a Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement

    Flip Schulke

    He Had a Dream is a visual record of King's life and work by the only man King trusted and to whom he gave such complete access. Schulke's images, combined with his commentary on both the moment and its place in the context of the civil rights movement, create a more immediate and revealing portrait of King than we have had before.More

  6. 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

  7. Book ImageKillers of the Dream

    Lillian Smith

    A Southern white writer, educator, and activist, Lillian Smith (1897–1966) spoke out all her life against injustice. In Killers of the Dream (1949), her most influential book, she draws on memories of her childhood to describe the psychological and moral cost of the powerful, contradictory rules about sin, sex, and segregation—the intricate system of taboos—that undergirded Southern society.

  8. Book ImageYankee Stepfather: General O. O. Howard and the Freedmen

    William S. McFeely

    The story of a Civil War promise made to slaves—and broken.More

  9. Book ImageWithout Consent or Contract: Evidence and Methods

    Robert William Fogel, Ralph A. Galantine, Richard L. Manning

    Written to accompany Without Consent or Contract: The Rise and Fall of American Slavery, this book describes a research project into the history of slavery. It provides detailed information in prose, tabular form and graphs.More

  10. Book ImageWe Were Always Free: The Maddens of Culpeper County, Virginia: A 200-Year Family History

    T.O. Madden, Jr, Nell Irvin Painter, Ann L. Miller

    "A deeply personal account of an extraordinary American family."--NewsweekMore

  11. Book ImageExodusters: Black Migration to Kansas After Reconstruction

    Nell Irvin Painter

    The first major migration to the North of ex-slaves.More

  12. Book ImageA Whole-Souled Woman: Prudence Crandall and the Education of Black Women

    Susan Strane

    In 1833, in Canterbury, Connecticut, Prudence Crandall, a white, Quaker-bred schoolmistress, opened the first private boarding school for black girls in New England. The village was outraged and tried to discourage Crandall with threats, boycotts, and vandalism. When these methods failed, the village elders persuaded the state legislature to pass the "Black Law," which made it a crime for blacks who were not residents of Connecticut to go to school there. Liable as the students' teacher, Crandall went to trial three times before a judge finally dismissed her case.More

  13. Book ImageBlack Masters: A Free Family of Color in the Old South

    Michael P. Johnson, James L. Roark

    "A remarkably fine work of creative scholarship." —C. Vann Woodward, New York Review of BooksMore

  14. Book ImageArmy Life in a Black Regiment

    Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Howard N. Meyer

    "One of the great source documents in human history, but one of our greatest Americans. . . . Thrilling reading." —Tillie OlsenMore

  15. Book ImageThe Antislavery Appeal: American Abolitionism After 1830

    Ronald G. Walters

    "A fresh and provocative contribution . . . . the clearest, most penetrating, and best-informed study of the post-1830 antislavery movement that exists." —Richard Bardolph, North Carolina Historical ReviewMore

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