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Black Is... 2001: History
Booklists for Adults

*Recommended for Teens

AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A PEOPLE: THREE CENTURIES OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY TOLD BY THOSE WHO LIVED IT edited by Herb Boyd.

The voices of the famous as well as the obscure re-create the African American experience.

E185 .A97 2000

BLACK DIPLOMACY: AFRICAN AMERICANS AND THE STATE DEPARTMENT, 1945-1969 by Michael L. Krenn.

After World War II, African Americans waged a largely unsuccessful struggle to increase their numbers and influence in the Foreign Service and the State Department.

JZ1480 .K74 1999

*BLACK HANDS, WHITE SAILS: THE STORY OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN WHALERS by Patricia C. McKissack and Frederick L. McKissack.

Between 1750 and 1880, runaway slaves and free black seamen found racial equality and opportunities for advancement aboard whaling ships.

SH381.5 .M38 1999

BORN IN BONDAGE: GROWING UP ENSLAVED IN THE ANTEBELLUM SOUTH by Marie Jenkins Schwartz.

E443 .S39 2000

“BURY ME NOT IN A LAND OF SLAVES”: AFRICAN-AMERICANS IN THE TIME OF RECONSTRUCTION by Joyce Hansen.

E1852 .H32 2000

THE COMPLETE CIVIL WAR JOURNAL AND SELECTED LETTERS OF THOMAS WENTWORTH HIGGINSON edited by Christopher Looby.

Higginson, a prominent clergyman, author, and abolitionist, was a colonel in the first regiment of freed slaves in the Union Army.

E492 .94 33 .H53 2000

CONTEMPT OF COURT: THE TURN OF THE CENTURY LYNCHING THAT LAUNCHED 100 YEARS OF FEDERALISM by Mark Curriden and Leroy Phillips.

After he was wrongly convicted of rape, Ed Johnson’s lynching led to the only Supreme Court criminal trial.

KF224 .J63 C87 1999

*THE FACE OF OUR PAST: IMAGES OF BLACK WOMEN FROM COLONIAL AMERICA TO THE PRESENT edited by Kathleen Thompson and Hilary Mac Austin.

E185.86 .F33 1999

LAY THIS BODY DOWN: THE 1921 MURDERS OF ELEVEN PLANTATION SLAVES by Gregory A. Freeman.

A white plantation owner, in an attempt to destroy the evidence that he kept “slaves,” ordered one black “slave” to help kill eleven others.

HV6534 .J36 F74 1999

A LIFE IS MORE THAN A MOMENT: THE DESEGREGATION OF LITTLE ROCK’S CENTRAL HIGH by I. Wilmer Counts.

A photojournalist who covered the school’s desegregation in 1957 returns forty years later for another look at Central High.

LC214.23 .L56 .C68 1999x

MY SOUL IS A WITNESS: A CHRONOLOGY OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ERA, 1954-1965 by Bettye Collier-Thomas and V.P Franklin.

E185.61 C697 2000

TO MAKE OUR WORLD ANEW: A HISTORY OF AFRICAN AMERICANS edited by Robin D.G. Kelley and Earl Lewis.

This book chronicles African Americans from the arrival of African slaves in 1502 to the present.

E185 .T68 2000

 

This selected list was compiled by:

Marylou Coveney, Dudley Branch

Denise DeBoer, Fields Corner Branch

Jacqueline Hogan, Grove Hall Branch

Kathy Kire, Teen Services

Parker Hill Branch

Amy Manson, Connolly Branch

Margaret Phillibert, General Library, Adult Services

Richard Wintergreen, Adams Street Branch

Joseph Wisniewski, Codman Square Branch