Boston Public Library
Black Is... 2002: History
Booklists for Adults

*Recommended for Teens

*The African American Century: How Black Americans Have Shaped Our Country
by Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Cornel West.
The contributions of these 100 African Americans transformed American culture of the past hundred years.
E185.96 .G38 2000

African-American Mayors: Race, Politics, and the American City
edited by David R. Colburn and Jeffrey S. Adler.
Essays profile the changes in urban politics since the nation's first black mayors were elected in 1967 in Cleveland, Ohio, and Gary, Indiana.
E185.615 .A5924 2001

American Patriots: The Story of Blacks in the Military from the Revolution to Desert Storm
by Gail Buckley.
E185.63 .B93 2001

Black Rice: The African Origins of Rice Cultivation in the Americas
by Judith A. Carney.
SB191.R5 C35 2001

*Black Roots: A Beginner's Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree
by Tony Burroughs.
E185.96 .B94 2001

Brotherhoods of Color: Black Railroad Workers and the Struggle for Equality
by Eric Arnesen.
HD8039 .R12 U612 2001

Brown v. Board of Education: A Civil Rights Milestone and its Troubled Legacy
by James T. Patterson.
KF4155 .P38 2001

*A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
edited by Clayborne Carson and Kris Shepard.
E185.97 .K5 A5 2001

Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama, The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution
by Diane McWhorter.
McWhorter, born into the city's white elite, spent 15 years investigating the 1963 Ku Klux Klan church bombing that killed four black girls.
F334.B69 N449 2001

Divided Arsenal: Race and the American State during World War II
by Daniel Kryder.
The war years promised but ultimately failed to deliver improvements in federal policies toward African Americans.
E185.61 .K79 2000

Divided Minds: Intellectuals and the Civil Rights Movement
by Carol Polsgrove.
The response from the leading minds of the time, such as Ralph Ellison, Richard Wright, and W.E.B. Du Bois, was often ambivalent.
E185.61 .P67 2001

The Divine Nine: The History of African American Fraternities and Sororities
by Lawrence C. Ross Jr.
LC2781.7 .R68 2000

Freedom's Daughters: The Unsung Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement from 1830 to 1970
by Lynne Olson.
Many were until now forgotten and some were never before written about.
E185 .043 2001

Love on Trial: An American Scandal in Black and White
by Earl Lewis and Heidi Ardizzone.
In a sensational 1924 trial, a New York socialite sought an annulment from his mixed-race, working-class wife on the grounds that she had misrepresented her race.
HQ1031.L655 2001

*On Jordan's Stormy Banks: Personal Accounts of Slavery in Georgia
edited by Andrew Waters.
The stories of these 28 former slaves were among those collected for the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration during the Great Depression.
E445.G3 O5 2000

A President in the Family: Thomas Jefferson, Sally Hemings, and Thomas Woodson
by Byron W. Woodson Sr.
The author tries to authenticate what had been family folklore.
E332.2 .W66 2001

Primetime Blues: African Americans on Network Television
by Donald Bogle.
A look at the roles African Americans have played on the tube from "Amos 'n' Andy" to "The Cosby Show."
PN1992.8 .A34 B64 2001

*The Sweet Hell Inside: A Family History
by Edward Ball with personal recollections by Edwina Harleston Whitlock.
The offspring of a slave and her master, the Harlestons of South Carolina achieved wealth.
F279.C453 H37 2001

Voices in Our Blood: America's Best on the Civil Rights Movement
edited by Jon Meacham.
Fifty years of writing on race relations from 40 famous and not-so-famous authors.
E185.61 .V744 2001

This selected list was compiled by:

Marylou Coveney, Chairperson Dudley Branch

Denise DeBoer, Fields Corner Branch

Jacqueline Hogan, CLSO

Kathy Kire, Teen Services

Allen Knight, Uphams Corner Branch

Janice Knight, Codman Square Branch

Amy Manson, Connolly Branch

Margaret Phillibert, General Library, Adult Services

Richard Wintergreen, Adams Street Branch