New Arrivals · African-American Nonfiction

February 28, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Girls from da hood. 9

February 27, 2014
New York : Urban, 2013.
378 p. ; 21 cm.
Friend or foe / Amaleka McCall -- Torch / Chuncihi and Meisha Camm -- Church girl / Ni'chelle Genovese.
Presents three dramatic stories of life on the streets, including the tale of Angela Farmer, who makes it her mission to protect others after growing up neglected and abused at the hands of her drug addicted mother.

Sleeping in sin

January 13, 2014
Smith, Cornelia, 1989-
[North Las Vegas, NV] : NCM Pub., c2013
226 p. ; 22 cm.
Includes an excerpt from The king's revenge.
Zakiya leaves her small hometown for the big lights of New York. She has a night of passion with Jarlath, the King of New York and accused murderer, after which she leaves him, taking a secret with her. After falling for Detective Khalon, one of New York's finest who is trying hard to knock Jarlath off of his throne, Zakiya thinks she has found love and wants to trust him and not live in sin.

Zane presents busy bodies : chocolate flava 4 : the eroticanoir.com anthology.

August 13, 2013
New York : Atria Paperback, 2013.
viii, 278 pages ; 21 cm
Doing Bris / R.W. Shannon -- Birthday special: the gift of Trois / Cee Wonder -- Man at work / Harold Armstrong -- The siren / Eva Hore -- Prime piece of property / Nadia -- On the eve of tomorrow / Ran Walker -- After dark / Niyah Moore -- Destiny / Camille Blue -- In the dark / S.A. Brown -- The other side of midnight / Elissa Gabrielle -- Tammy's seminar / Jeremy Edwards -- So much for rules / W. Biddle Street -- A soldier for Cupcake / Shaniqua Holt -- Club head / Gemini Blaque -- Hard times / Lynn Lake -- Dirty / Carla S. Pennington -- Lunch break / T. Ariez -- The dinner party / Damian Lott -- One-hour proof / Asali -- Me and Mr. Jones / Michelle Allen -- Shadow dancer / Landon Dixon -- Keeping him / Cynthia Marie -- Intimate strangers / Michelle Janine Robinson -- Twins / Jusme -- Sleigh ride / Amazonia -- Coosawhatchie / Zane.
Zane Presents serves up its eighth Eroticanoir.com anthology, an impressive compilation of short stories by twenty-five up-and-coming writers of erotica plus Zane, who dishes out a tale about a town that once visited will leave memories that last forever. Busy Bodies is filled with erotic escapes and sexy scenarios. From the student in a faraway place who encounters a mysterious man with a supernatural attraction, to a boyfriend who gives his girlfriend a birthday surprise she never saw coming, this diverse collection of stories is an express train to all points of passion and pleasure.

Do men know what they want?

March 29, 2013
Baisden, Michael.
[S.l.] : Baisden Publishing, c2011.
v, 281 p. ; 22 cm.
"2nd edition of Never Satisfied."

A woman's revenge

March 21, 2013
Deer Park, NY : Urban Christian, c2013.
247 p. ; 21 cm.
The sweet taste of revenge -- A piece of revenge -- Best served cold.
Collects three stories about women seeking revenge against the men who have wronged them.

The knotty truth : creating beautiful locks on a dime! : a comprehensive guide to creating locks

July 13, 2012
George, M. Michele.
Columbus, Ohio : Manifest Publishing Enterprises, c2010.
268 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO CREATING LOCKS

The hammer and the anvil : Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the end of slavery in America

July 11, 2012
Zimmerman, Dwight Jon.
New York : Hill and Wang, 2012.
ix, 150 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 24 cm.
"A novel graphic from Hill and Wang."
The entwined lives of Lincoln and Douglass and the end of slavery With a foreword by the Pulitzer Prize -- winning historian James M. McPherson, The Hammer and the Anvil presents in full-color illustrations the history of slavery, the Civil War, and emancipation through the lives of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The talent behind the book includes Dwight Jon Zimmerman, an award-winning author of military history and graphic novels; the historian and consultant Craig Symonds, winner of the Lincoln Prize; and the artist Wayne Vansant, illustrator of Marvel Comic's The 'Nam and the highly regarded nonfiction graphic history from Novel Graphics The Vietnam War . Together they tell the story of two men who defined their era. Possessed of a deep antipathy to slavery as a young man on the free-spirited American frontier, President Lincoln wrestled repeatedly with the dilemma the peculiar institution presented. Douglass, a brilliant runaway slave, sought to force America to confront its original and gravest sin. Driven by conviction to great words and deeds, each man helped to make the nation we live in today. The Hammer and the Anvil is an ideal introduction not only to two iconic Americans but also to the most compelling moments in American history.

Something for the soul : a book of poetry

July 10, 2012
Dye, Carolyn R.
[S.l.] : Xlibris, c2012.
71 p. ; 23 cm.

Across that bridge : life lessons and a vision for change

July 10, 2012
Lewis, John, 1940 Feb. 21-
New York : Hyperion, c2012.
xvii, 180 p. ; 19 cm.
Although it has been decades since the historic social upheavals of the 1960s, Americans continue to look to the Civil Rights Movement as the apotheosis of political expression. With an engaged electorate once again confronting questions of social inequality, there's no better time to revisit the lessons of the '60s and no better leader to learn from than Congressman John Lewis. In Across That Bridge, Congressman Lewis draws from his experience as a leader of the Civil Rights Movement to offer timeless guidance to anyone seeking to live virtuously and transform the world. His wisdom, poignant recollections, and powerful ideas will inspire a new generation to usher in a freer, more peaceful society. The Civil Rights Movement gave rise to the protest culture we know today, and the experiences of leaders like Congressman Lewis have never been more relevant. Now, more than ever, this nation needs a strong and moral voice to guide an engaged population through visionary change. Congressman John Lewis was a leader in the American Civil Rights Movement. He was chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and played a key role in the struggle to end segregation. Despite more than forty arrests, physical attacks, and serious injuries, John Lewis remained a devoted advocate of the philosophy of nonviolence. He is the author of his autobiography, Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of a Movement, and is the recipient of numerous awards from national and international institutions, including the Lincoln Medal; the John F. Kennedy "Profile in Courage" Lifetime Achievement Award (the only one of its kind ever awarded); the NAACP Spingarn Medal; and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor, among many others. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia. "The most important lesson I have learned in the fifty years I have spent working toward the building of a better world is that the true work of social transformation starts within. It begins inside your own heart and mind, because the battleground of human transformation is really, more than any other thing, the struggle within the human consciousness to believe and accept what is true. Thus to truly revolutionize our society, we must first revolutionize ourselves. We must be the change we seek if we are to effectively demand transformation from others." -from John Lewis's Across That Bridge

Mrs. Stowe's "Uncle Tom" at home in Kentucky

July 9, 2012
Allen, James Lane, 1849-1925.
[New York, NY : Century Magazine, 1887]
p. [852]-867 : ill. ; 23 cm.
Copy in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Room, is the article, removed from the magazine.

The longest fight : in the ring with Joe Gans, boxing's first African American champion

July 6, 2012
Gildea, William.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012.
245 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 22 cm.
In The longest fight, the longtime Washington Post correspondent William Gildea tells the story of the longest boxing match of the twentieth century-- between Joe Gans , the first African American boxing champion, and "Battling" Nelson, a vicious and dirty brawler-- which would stretch to forty-two rounds and last two hours and forty-eight minutes. An new rail line brought spectators from around the country, dozens of reporters came to file blow-by-blow accounts, and an entrepreneurial crew's film of the fight, shown in theaters shortly afterward, endures to this day. The longest fight also recounts something much greater-- the longer battle that Gans fought against prejudice as the premier black athlete of his time. It is a portrait of life in black America at the turn of the twentieth century, of what it was like to be the first black athlete to successfully cross the nation's gaping racial divide. Gans was smart, witty, trim, and handsome-- with one-punch knockout power and groundbreaking defensive skills-- and his courage despite discrimination prefigures the strife faced by many of America's finest athletes, including Jesse Owens, Jackie Robinson, and Muhammad Ali.

American Colonization Society : extracts from the North American review, the reports of the society, the African Repository, &c.

July 3, 2012
American Colonization Society.
Maysville, Ky. : Printed at the office of "The Maysville Eagle", 1826.
44 p. ; 20 cm.
Copy in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Room, is not bound. Tied through 3 holes at spine.

Sick from freedom : African-American illness and suffering during the Civil War and Reconstruction

July 2, 2012
Downs, Jim.
New York : Oxford University Press, c2012.
xiv, 264 p. ; 25 cm.
Introduction -- Ch. 1. Dying to be Free: The Unexpected Medical Crises of War and Emancipation -- Ch. 2. The Anatomy of Emancipation: The Creation of a Healthy Labor Force -- Ch. 3. Freedmen's Hospitals: The Medical Division of the Freedmen's Bureau -- Ch. 4. Reconstructing an Epidemic: Smallpox among Former Slaves, 1862-1868 -- Ch. 5. The Healing Power of Labor: Disabled, Orphaned, Elderly, and Female Freed Slaves in the Postwar South -- Ch. 6. Narrating Illness: Freedpeople's Health Claims at Reconstruction's End -- Conclusion -- Epilogue.
Bondspeople who fled from slavery during and after the Civil War did not expect that their flight toward freedom would lead to sickness, disease, suffering, and death. But the war produced the largest biological crisis of the nineteenth century, and as historian Jim Downs reveals in this groundbreaking volume, it had deadly consequences for hundreds of thousands of freed people. InSick from Freedom, Downs recovers the untold story of one of the bitterest ironies in American history--that the emancipation of the slaves, seen as one of the great turning points in U. S. history, had devastating consequences for innumerable freedpeople. Drawing on massive new research into the records of the Medical Division of the Freedmen's Bureau--a nascent national health system that cared for more than 500, 000 freed slaves--he shows how the collapse of the plantation economy released a plague of lethal diseases. With emancipation, African Americans seized the chance to move, migrating as never before. But in their journey to freedom, they also encountered yellow fever, smallpox, cholera, dysentery, malnutrition, and exposure. To address this crisis, the Medical Division hired more than 120 physicians, establishing some forty underfinanced and understaffed hospitals scattered throughout the South, largely in response to medical emergencies. Downs shows that the goal of the Medical Division was to promote a healthy workforce, an aim which often excluded a wide range of freedpeople, including women, the elderly, the physically disabled, and children. Downs concludes by tracing how the Reconstruction policy was then implemented in the American West, where it was disastrously applied to Native Americans. The widespread medical calamity sparked by emancipation is an overlooked episode of the Civil War and its aftermath, poignantly revealed inSick from Freedom.

Some of my best friends are black : the strange story of integration in America

June 29, 2012
Colby, Tanner.
New York : Viking, 2012.
xvii, 294 p. ; 24 cm.
Chronicles America's troubled relationship with race through four interrelated stories: the transformation of the author's own Birmingham school system; a Kansas City neighborhood's fight against housing discrimination; the curious racial divide of the Madison Avenue ad world; and a Louisiana Catholic parish's forty-year effort to build an integrated church.

Snow-storm in August : Washington City, Francis Scott Key, and the forgotten race riot of 1835

June 29, 2012
Morley, Jefferson.
New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, c2012.
334 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 25 cm.
Portrays how the 19th century struggle against slavery erupted in Washington DC, thrusting the ambitious District Attorney Francis Scott Key into a uniquely American battle for justice.

Floyd Patterson : the fighting life of boxing's invisible champion

June 29, 2012
Stratton, W. K.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012.
xiv, 269 p. , [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
"A well-researched and overdue tribute. Like one of Patterson's reliable left hooks, Stratton sharply recounts the life of an important, but often forgotten, two-time world heavyweight champion." -- Gary Andrew Poole, author of PacMan: Behind the Scenes with Manny Pacquiao In 1956, Floyd Patterson became, at age twenty-one, the youngest boxer to claim the title of world heavyweight champion. Later, he was the first ever to lose and regain that honor. Here, the acclaimed author W. K. Stratton chronicles the life of "the Gentle Gladiator" -- an athlete overshadowed by Ali's theatrics and Liston's fearsome reputation, and a civil rights activist overlooked in the Who's Who of race politics. From the Gramercy Gym and wildcard manager Cus D'Amato to the final rematch against Ali in 1972, Patterson's career spanned boxing's golden age. He won an Olympic gold medal, had bouts with Marciano and Johansson, and was interviewed by James Baldwin, Gay Talese, and Budd Schulberg. A complex, misunderstood figure -- he once kissed an opponent at the end of a match -- he was known for his peekaboo stance and soft-spoken nature. Floyd Patterson was boxing's invisible champion, but in this deeply researched and beautifully written biography he comes vividly to life and is finally given his due -- as one of the most artful boxers of his time and as one of our great sportsmen, a man who shaped the world in and out of the ring.

I know why the caged bird sings

June 28, 2012
Angelou, Maya.
New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2009.
289 p. ; 21 cm.
Here is a book as joyous and painful, and as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou's first memoir, published in 1969 is a modern American classic beloved worldwide. Sent by their mother to their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local "powhitetrash." When she journeys at eight to her mother's side in St. Louis, she is attacked by a man many times her age. Years later, in San Francisco, she learns about love for herself-and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. The kindness of others, Maya's own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors ("I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare") will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned. Poetic and powerful-now in a beautiful keepsake edition- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings will touch hearts and change minds as long as people read.

Yes, chef

June 22, 2012
Samuelsson, Marcus.
New York : Random House, 2012.
319 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
"It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother's house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic. The boy is Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up to become the world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson. This book is his love letter to food and family in all its manifestations. Marcus Samuelsson was only three years old when he, his mother, and his sister--all battling tuberculosis--walked seventy-five miles to a hospital in the Ethiopian capital city of Addis Adaba. Tragically, his mother succumbed to the disease shortly after she arrived, but Marcus and his sister recovered, and one year later, they were welcomed into a loving middle-class white family in Gothenburg, Sweden. It was there that Marcus's new grandmother, Helga, sparked in him a lifelong passion for food and cooking with her pan-fried herring, her freshly baked bread, and her signature roast chicken. From a very early age, there was little question what Marcus was going to be when he grew up. Yes, Chef chronicles Marcus Samuelsson's remarkable journey from Helga's humble kitchen to some of the most demanding and cutthroat restaurants in Switzerland and France, from his grueling stints on cruise ships to his arrival in New York City, where his outsize talent and ambition finally come together at Aquavit, earning him a coveted New York Times three-star rating at the age of twenty-four. But Samuelsson's career of "chasing flavors," as he calls it, had only just begun--in the intervening years, there have been White House State dinners, career crises, reality show triumphs and, most important, the opening of the beloved Red Rooster in Harlem. At Red Rooster, Samuelsson has fufilled his dream of creating a truly diverse, multiracial dining room--a place where presidents and prime ministers rub elbows with jazz musicians, aspiring artists, bus drivers, and nurses. It is a place where an orphan from Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, living in America, can feel at home. With disarming honesty and intimacy, Samuelsson also opens up about his failures as a man--the price of ambition, in human terms--and recounts his emotional journey, as a grown man, to meet the father he never knew. Yes, Chef is a tale of personal discovery, unshakable determination, and the passionate, playful pursuit of flavors--one man's struggle to find a place for himself in the kitchen, and in the world"--

Girls from da hood. 7

June 21, 2012
Deer Park, NY : Urban Books, 2012.
345 p. ; 21 cm.
Love on lockdown / by Redd -- Dangerous / by Nikki-Michelle -- Dirty girls / by Erick S. Gray.
The popular series returns, with the story of drug runners Candy and Raynail, and their evidence room product that is sullied by a dirty gun with Raynail'sprints on it.

Baseball's war roster : a biographical dictionary of Major and Negro League players who served, 1861 to the present

June 12, 2012
Kiser, Brett.
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2012.
vi, 278 p. ; 28 cm.
"This exhaustive volume, arranged chronologically by conflict, then alphabetical by player, chronicles every known former Major League and Negro League player who served in the U. S. military during wartime. Entries list each player's position and career statistics and include a short narrative of his military and athletic career"--Provided by publisher.

Ledisi : better than alright : finding peace, love & power.

June 8, 2012
Ledisi, 1972-
New York : Essence Books, 2012.
176 p. : col. ill. ; 19 cm.
Faith -- Beauty -- Love-- Shine -- Authentic -- Believe -- Forgiveness -- Treasures -- Alright -- Home -- Take a bow.
"So here I am, and in every chapter of this book are fragments of my life between the lines and spaces of music"--p. [7].
"Peace, Pride & Power" features words by Ledisi and includes supporting quotes from a range of recognizable self-help and soul musician superstars including T. D. Jakes.

The price of the ticket : Barack Obama and the rise and decline of Black politics

June 7, 2012
Harris, Fredrick C.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2012.
xviii, 210 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Clash of ideas -- Chicago, political capital of Black America -- Entering the promise land -- Respectability as public philosophy -- Wink, nod, vote -- Price of the ticket.
The historical significance of Barack Obama's triumph in the presidential election of 2008 scarcely requires comment. Yet it contains an irony: he won a victory as an African American only by denying that he was the candidateofAfrican Americans. Obama's very success, writes Fredrick Harris, exacted a heavy cost on black politics. InThe Price of the Ticket, Harris puts Obama's career in the context of decades of black activism, showing how his election undermined the very movement that made it possible. The path to his presidency began just before passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, when black leaders began to discuss strategies to make the most of their new access to the ballot. Some argued that black voters should organize into a cohesive, independent bloc; others urged a more race-neutral approach, working together with other racial minorities as well as like-minded whites. This has been the fundamental divide within black politics ever since. At first, the gap did not seem serious. But the post-civil-rights era has accelerated a shift towards race-neutral politics. Obama made a point of distancing himself from older race-conscious black leaders, such as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson--even though, as Harris shows, he owes much to Jackson's earlier campaigns for the White House. Unquestionably Obama's approach won support among whites, but Harris finds the results troublesome. The social problems targeted by an earlier generation of black politicians--racial disparities in income and education, stratospheric incarceration and unemployment rates, rampant HIV in black communities--all persist, yet Obama's election, ironically, marginalized them. Meanwhile, the civil-rights movement's militancy is fading from memory. Written by one of America's leading scholars of race and politics, The Price of the Ticketwill reshape our understanding of the rise of Barack Obama and the decline of a politics dedicated to challenging racial inequality head on.

By any means necessary : Malcolm X : real, not reinvented : critical conversations on Manning Marable's biography of Malcolm X

June 5, 2012
Chicago : Third World Press, c2012.
xxxix, 284 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
By Any Means Necessary editors-Herb Boyd, Ron Daniels, Maulana Karenga and Haki Madhubuti-are in unison when stating: "Our purpose here with this collection is to continue, and to expand, the debate arising from Marable's biography." Through the collective vision of these four scholars, wordmakers and educators, readers now have a comprehensive view of the Marable text as well, as new scholarship and insight on Malcolm X-the man, "Real, Not Reinvented." Book jacket.

I must resist : Bayard Rustin's life in letters

June 5, 2012
Rustin, Bayard, 1912-1987
San Francisco : City Lights Books, c2012.
xxvi, 516 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 22 cm.
1."War Is Wrong" -- 1942-1944 -- 2."One Ought to Resist the Entire System" -- March-August 1944 -- 3."I Am a Traitor" -- August-December 1944 -- 4."Until Every Effort Is Made, I Am Less Than a Man" -- January-August 1945 -- 5."I Am Needed on the Outside" -- November 1945-June 1946 -- 6."A Small, Interracial, Disciplined Group ... to Test Jim Crow" -- July 1946-December 1947 -- 7."To Fight for the United States Army Is to Fight for Bigotry" -- 1948-1949 -- 8."Let Us Resist with Our Whole Beings" -- 1950-1952 -- 9."For Me Sex Must Be Sublimated" -- 1953-1955 -- 10."This Is an Effort to Avoid War -- Race War" -- 1956-1957 -- 11."Crisis Is at Hand for Civil Rights" -- and Africa -- 1958-1959 -- 12."Bayard Was Crushed" -- 1960-1962 -- 13."An Enormous Success" -- 1963 -- 14."A Very Central Figure in the Civil Rights Movement" -- 1964-1965 -- 15."The Freedom Budget for All Americans" -- 1966-1967 -- 16."A Fantastic Vacuum" -- 1968-1969 -- 17."More Black Than Cleaver" -- 1970-1975 -- 18."These People, Mr. President, Desperately Need Our Help" -- 1976-1979 -- 19."Instead of a March" -- 1980-1983 -- 20."Bayard Rustin -- Oh, What a Life!" -- 1984-1987.
Published on the centennial of his birth, and in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, here is Bayard Rustin's life story told in his own words. Bayard Rustin has been called the "lost prophet" of the civil rights movement. A master strategist and tireless activist, he is best remembered as the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, one of the largest nonviolent protests ever held in the U. S. He brought Gandhi's protest techniques to the American civil rights movement and played a deeply influential role in the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., helping to mold him into an international symbol of nonviolence. Despite these achievements, Rustin often remained in the background. He was silenced, threatened, arrested, beaten, imprisoned and fired from important leadership positions, largely because he was an openly gay man in a fiercely homophobic era. Here we have Rustin in his own words in a collection of over 150 of his letters; his correspondents include the major progressives of his day - for example, Eleanor Holmes Norton, A. Philip Randolph, Roy Wilkins, Ella Baker, and of course, Martin Luther King, Jr. Bayard Rustin's eloquent, impassioned voice, his ability to chart the path "from protest to politics," is both timely and deeply informative. As the Occupy movement ushers America into a pivotal election year, and as politicians and citizens re-assess their goals and strategies, these letters provide direct access to the strategic thinking and tactical planning that led to the successes of one of America's most transformative and historic social movements.

My father's name : a black Virginia family after the Civil War

June 4, 2012
Jackson, Lawrence Patrick.
Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, c2012.
x, 243 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
To Danville -- "I knew my father" -- The Dan River betimes in the morning -- Make do -- The names of Guinea roads -- To the courthouse in June -- Land of the Civil War -- The will -- The reckoning -- My inheritance.
Armed with only early boyhood memories, Lawrence P. Jackson begins his quest by setting out from his home in Baltimore for Pittsylvania County, Virginia, to try to find his late grandfather's old home by the railroad tracks in Blairs. My Father's Name tells the tale of the ensuing journey, at once a detective story and a moving historical memoir, uncovering the mixture of anguish and fulfillment that accompanies a venture into the ancestral past, specifically one tied to the history of slavery. After asking around in Pittsylvania County and carefully putting the pieces together, Jackson finds himself in the house of distant relations. In the pages that follow, he becomes increasingly absorbed by the search for his ancestors and increasingly aware of how few generations an African American needs to map back in order to arrive at slavery, "a door of no return." Ultimately, Jackson's dogged research in libraries, census records, and courthouse registries enables him to trace his family to his grandfather's grandfather, a man who was born or sold into slavery but who, when Federal troops abandoned the South in 1877, was able to buy forty acres of land. In this intimate study of a black Virginia family and neighborhood, Jackson vividly reconstructs moments in the lives of his father's grandfather, Edward Jackson, and great-grandfather, Granville Hundley, and gives life to revealing narratives of Pittsylvania County, recalling both the horror of slavery and the later struggles of postbellum freedom. My Father's Name is a family story full of twists and turns-and one of haunting familiarity to many Americans, who may question whether the promises of emancipation have ever truly been fulfilled. It is also a resolute look at the duties that come with reclaiming and honoring Americans who survived slavery and a thoughtful meditation on its painful and enduring history.

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