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Black Is... 1998: History
Booklists for Adults

BLACK JACKS: AFRICAN AMERICAN SEAMEN IN THE AGE OF SAIL by W. Jeffrey Bolster.
A little-known topic brought to light.

BOSTON CONFRONTS JIM CROW, 1890-1920 by Mark Schneider.
How Boston's community of "anti-racialists," both black and white, resisted the rising tide of segregation.

*THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT: A PHOGRAPHIC HISTORY, 1954-68 by Steven Kasher.
Gordon Parks and Richard Avedon are among more than 50 photographers in this history.

FAMILIES AND FREEDOM: A DOCUMENTARY HISTORY OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN KINSHIP IN THE CIVIL WAR ERA ed. by Ira Berlin and Leslie S. Rowland.

FIGHTING ON TWO FRONTS: AFRICAN AMERICANS AND THE VIETNAM WAR by James E. Westheider.
Interviews with veterans and Pentagon documents reveal the role played by race relations.

PARIS NOIR: AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE CITY OF LIGHT by Tyler Stovall.
A social and cultural history of the black expatriate community from World War II to the present.

PATCHES OF FIRE: A STORY OF WAR AND REDEMPTION by Albert French.
A novelist's memoir of his Vietnam War.

SHADES OF FREEDOM: RACIAL POLITICS AND PRESUMPTIONS OF THE AMERICAN LEGAL PROCESS by A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr.
How American racism has shaped American law.

SHADRACH MINKINS: FROM FUGITIVE SLAVE TO CITIZEN by Gary Collison.
The first man arrested in New England under the Fugitive Slave Law and his subsequent escape to Canada.

*SPIRTS OF THE PASSAGE: THE TRANSATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY     Text by Madeleine Burnside. Ed. by Rosemarie Robotham.
The resurrected ruins of a slave ship are at the center of this account of the early years of the slave trade.

THOMAS JEFFERSON AND SALLY HEMINGS: AN AMERICAN CONTROVERSY by Annette Gordon-Reed.
A lawyer looks at the evidence and challenges those who reject the possibility of the liaison.

*Recommended for Teens

This list is dedicated to the memory of KAREN L. WILLIAMS.  A frequent contributor to Black Is...

This selected list was compiled by:  Moonyean Carlton, General Library, Adult Reader and Information Services; Marylou Coveney, Dudley Branch; Janice Knight, Mattapan Branch; Amy Manson, Jamaica Plain Branch; Sarah Markell, Charlestown Branch; Marilyn Poindexter, General Library, Teen Services; Jacquelyn Hogan, Chairperson, Grove Hall/Egleston Square Branch Libraries.  Boston Public Library, 1998.