Boston Public Library
Black Is... 2003: History
Booklists for Adults

*Recommended for Teens

At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America
by Philip Dray.
Mob violence against blacks, from the public punishments of whipping and tar-and-feathering in slave days to execution and mutilation by vigilantes, followed the Reconstruction.
HV6464 .D73 2002

American Nightmare: The History of Jim Crow
by Jerrold M. Packard.
A code of laws and etiquette was established to segregate blacks from whites.
E185.61 .P19 2002

Better Day Coming: Blacks and Equality, 1890-2000
by Adam Fairclough.
The people and events behind the U.S. Civil Rights movement, from Ida B. Wells' anti-lynching campaign to the effects of Martin Luther King's assassination.
E185.61 .F167 2001

Black Baseball's National Showcase: The East-West All-Star Game, 1933-1953
by Larry Lester.
News stories, photographs and statistics from the annual game that featured the star players of the Negro Leagues.
GV878.2 .L47 2001

The Cold War and the Color Line: American Race Relations in the Global Arena
by Thomas Borstelmann.
U.S. foreign policy of the past 50 years influenced the Civil Rights movement.
E185.61 .B728

The Fugitive's Gibraltar: Escaping Slaves and Abolitionism in New Bedford, Massachusetts
by Kathryn Grover.
The whaling port became a refuge for runaway slaves.
F74 .N5 G84 2001

Jefferson's Pillow: The Founding Fathers and the Dilemma of Black Patriotism
by Roger Wilkins.
How a contemporary African American can feel allegiance to slave-owning founding fathers.
E302.5 .W68

*Lift Up Thy Voice: The Grimke Family's Journey from Slaveholders to Civil Rights Leaders
by Mark Perry.
Two daughters in a slave-owning family embraced the abolitionist cause. Their work was carried on into the twentieth century by two offspring of their brother and his slave.
E185.98 .A1 P47 2001

*The Other Boston Busing Story: What's Won and Lost Across the Boundary Line
by Susan E. Eaton.
Sixty-five alumni remember METCO, a voluntary program that has been busing black inner-city children to white suburban schools since 1966.
LC214.523 .B67 E38 2001

Passed On: African American Mourning Stories
by Karla FC Holloway.
Death, dying, and funerals in twentieth-century African America.
GT3203 .H65 2002

Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory
by David W. Blight.
White America's reconciliation after the Civil War resulted in the loss of the country's emancipationist vision and in racial segregation.
E468.9 .B58 2001

Riot and Remembrance: The Tulsa Race War and Its Legacy
by James S. Hirsch.
The black neighborhood of Greenwood was burned down and looted in the 1921 riot, leaving as many as 300 residents dead and the survivors in detention camps.
F704 .T92 .R56 2002

Running on Race: Racial Politics in Presidential Campaigns, 1960-2000
by Jeremy D. Mayer.
E839.5 .M39 2002

Season of the 76ers: The Story of Wilt Chamberlain and the 1967 NBA Champion Philadelphia 76ers
by Wayne Lynch.
A near play-by-play account of the nail-biting season when the Sixers finally ended the Boston Celtics' eight-year winning streak.
GV885.52 .P45 L96

The Showman and the Slave: Race, Death, and Memory in Barnum's America
by Benjamin Reiss.
P.T. Barnum entered show business when he acquired and exhibited the slave Joice Heth, who he claimed was 161 years old and had been George Washington's nurse. He later sold tickets to her autopsy.
E165.R36 2001

"We Return Fighting": The Civil Rights Movement in the Jazz Age
by Mark Robert Schneider.
The battles fought by the NAACP during the two decades following World War I.
E185.61 .S355 2002

This selected list was compiled by:

Betsy Clarke , Codman Square Branch

Marylou Coveney, Dudley Branch

Denise DeBoer, Fields Corner Branch

Jacqueline Hogan, CLSO

Kathy Kire, Chairperson Teen Services

Sarah Markell , Allston Branch

Margaret Phillibert, Circulation Services

Richard Wintergreen, Adams Street Branch