Boston Public Library
Black Is... 1999: History
Booklists for Adults

*AFRICANS IN AMERICA: America’s Journey through Slavery by Charles Johnson. A companion to the PBS series.
E441 .J65 1998

BLACK LEADERSHIP
by Manning Marable. From Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois to Harold Washington and Louis Farrakhan. Conclusion: more grass roots empowerment and less charisma are needed. E185.615 .M2783 1998

BLACK MOVEMENTS IN AMERICA
by Cedric J. Robinson. About "the largely unknown history of mass Black political movements."
E185.86 .R68 1997

*BLACK PIONEERS: Images of the Black Experience on the North American Frontier
by John W. Ravage. More than 200 portraits and photographs.
E185.925 .R38 1997

BLACK VALOR: Buffalo Soldiers and the Medal of Honor, 1870-1898
by Frank N. Schubert. Biographies of the decorated soldiers and the military unit histories of their campaigns.
E185.925 .S43 1997

THE CHILDREN
by David Halberstam. This history of the Civil Rights Movement focuses on a young group of future civil rights leaders involved in Nashville’s first sit-in.
E185.61 .H195 1998

THE LAST CRUSADE: Martin Luther King, Jr., the FBI, and the Poor People’s Campaign
by Gerald D. McKnight. Did the FBI do in the Poor People’s Campaign?
E185.97 .K5 M38 1998

LEGENDARY PIONEERS OF BLACK RADIO
by Gilbert A. Williams. Interviews with disk jockeys of the 1940s and ’50s.
ML406 .W56 1998

LEST WE FORGET: The Passage from Africa to Slavery and Emancipation
by Velma Maia Thomas. "A three-dimensional interactive book with photographs and documents from the Black Holocaust Exhibit."
E441 .T49 1997

LIKE MEN OF WAR: Black Troops in the Civil War, 1862-1865
by Noah Andre Trudeau. A battle-by-battle account related at the pace of a good combat novel.
E540.N3 T78 1998

MODERN BLACK NATIONALISM: From Marcus Garvey to Louis Farrakhan
edited by William L. Van Deburg. Primary documents, speeches, pamphlets and essays, among them the SNCC position paper Black Power and James Forman’s Black Manifesto.
E185.61 .M676 1997

*"MY MIND SET ON FREEDOM": A History of the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1968
by John A. Salmond. A compact (163 pages), detailed account that evokes the drama of the era.
E185.61 .S28 1997

PILLAR OF FIRE: America in the King Years, 1963-65
by Taylor Branch. Second in a planned trilogy that began with the Pulitzer Prize-winning Parting the Waters.
E185.61 .B7915 1998

A SHINING THREAD OF HOPE: The History of Black Women in America
by Darlene Clark Hine. From Civil War spies to pioneers in the Civil Rights Movement.
E185.86 .H68 1998

THE SLAVE TRADE: The Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade: 1440-1870
by Hugh Thomas. "Who were the slavers, how profitable was the business, why did many African rulers and peoples collaborate?"
HT985 .T47 1997

THE TRIALS OF ANTHONY BURNS: Freedom and Slavery in Emerson’s Boston
by Albert J. Von Frank. This fugitive slave case intensified opposition to slavery in Massachusetts and beyond.
E450 .B93 V66 1998

TROUBLE IN MIND: Black Southerners in the Age of Jim Crow
by Leon F. Litwack. The full horror of legalized segregation from the end of Reconstruction to World War I.
E185.6 .L68 1998

*Recommended for Teens

This selected list was compiled by:  Kendall Brothers, General Library, Teen Services; 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;   Jacquelyn Hogan, Chairperson, Grove Hall Branch Libraries.  Boston Public Library, 1999.