New Arrivals · African-American Nonfiction

March 6, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

A short history of Reconstruction, 1863-1877

March 5, 2015
Foner, Eric, 1943-
New York : Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2015.
xxx, 297 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Abridged from: Reconstruction: America's unfinished revolution. c1988.
The world the war made -- Rehearsals for Reconstruction -- The meaning of freedom -- Ambiguities of free labor -- The failure of presidential Reconstruction -- The making of radical Reconstruction -- Blueprints for a republican South -- Reconstruction : political and economic -- The challenge of enforcement -- The Reconstruction of the North -- The politics of depression -- Redemption and after.
Looks at the social, economic, and political forces that shaped the South after the Civil War.

Kevin Durant

February 27, 2015
Anderson, Jameson.
Minneapolis, Minn. : ABDO Pub. Company, [2015]
32 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Includes index.
A special honor -- Highlight reel -- Young champion -- Early doubt -- Prep star -- Off to Texas -- The NBA -- Learning to win -- Big changes -- The finals -- Other opportunities -- MVP.

Ohio's black soldiers who served in the Civil War

February 24, 2015
Johnson, Eric E. (Eric Eugene), 1949-
Bellville, Ohio : Ohio Genealogical Society, c2014.
xii, 456 p. : ill., ports. ; 28 cm
"A list of 6,709 soldiers who served in the United States Colored Troops and in the Ohio Volunteers." -- T. p.

Adventures of Pi : poems 1980-1990

February 24, 2015
Williams, Tyrone.
Loveland, Ohio : Dos Madres, 2011.
v, 77 pages ; 23 cm

Through the African American Lens

February 20, 2015
Combs, Rhea L.
London : D. Giles Limited, 2015.
80 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 18 cm.
Includes index.

Black America in the Seventies

February 18, 2015
[Cincinnati, Ohio] : [Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County], [1980?]
23 pages ; 28 cm.
Includes index.
Compiled by staff of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
The Black citizen -- Black literature -- Black history -- Blackness and the human condition -- The Black economic experience -- The struggle for equality -- The elected official -- Blacks in the Armed Forces -- The fine arts and the performing arts -- The Black athlete -- For children -- Black achievement on film -- Stories and poems on record -- Classical composers -- Musicians and performers -- Jazz -- The Black musical show -- The spoken word on record.

Freedom riders : a primary source exploration of the struggle for racial justice

February 17, 2015
Schwartz, Heather E.
North Mankato, Minnesota : Capstone Press, a Capstone imprint, [2015]
32 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
A mob attack -- Challenging the segregated south -- The first riders set out -- Student riders -- Gaining ground -- The impact.
"Uses primary sources to tell the story of the Freedom Riders during the U.S. Civil Rights Movement"-- Provided by publisher.

Common Wealth : art by African Americans in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

February 12, 2015
Sims, Lowery Stokes, author.
255 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm

The presidency in black and white : my up-close view of three presidents and race in America

February 12, 2015
Ryan, April, 1967-
Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield, [2015]
xiv, 154 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction -- Establishing a racial baseline -- Covering the White House -- Specialty media -- Presidents and race -- President Clinton -- President Bush -- President Obama -- The presidential "race" report cards.

S O S : Poems 1961-2013

February 12, 2015
Baraka, Amiri, 1934-2014, poet.
xxviii, 531 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.

Eye on the struggle : Ethel Payne, the first lady of the Black Press

February 12, 2015
Morris, James McGrath, author.
New York : Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]
x, 466 pages, 16 unnumberd pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

Fog of war : the Second World War and the civil rights movement

February 9, 2015
New York : Oxford University Press, ©2012.
x, 240 pages ; 25 cm
Introduction : the Second World War and the civil rights movement / Kevin M. Kruse and Stephen Tuck -- Freedom to want : the federal government and politicized consumption in World War II / James T. Sparrow -- Confronting the roadblock : Congress, civil rights and World War II / Julian E. Zelizer -- Segregation and the city : white supremacy in Alabama in the mid-twentieth century / J. Mills Thornton III -- Movement building during the World War II era : the NAACP's legal insurgency in the South / Patricia Sullivan -- Hillburn, Hattiesburg, and Hitler : wartime activists think globally and act locally / Thomas Sugrue -- You can sing and punch but you can't be a soldier or a man : African American struggles for a new place in popular culture / Stephen Tuck -- A war for states rights : the white supremacist vision of double victory / Jason Morgan Ward -- The sexual politics of race in WWII America / Jane Dailey -- Rights and World War II in a global frame : shape-shifting racial formations and the U.S. encounter with European and Japanese colonialism / Penny Von Eschen -- Race, rights, and non-governmental organizations at the UN San Francisco Conference : a contested history of human rights -- without discrimination / Elizabeth Borgwardt -- The battlefield kill Jim Crow? : the cold war military, civil rights, and Black freedom struggles / Kimberley L. Phillips.
"It is well known that World War II gave rise to human rights rhetoric, discredited a racist regime abroad, and provided new opportunities for African Americans to fight, work, and demand equality at home. It would be all too easy to assume that the war was a key stepping stone to the modern civil rights movement. But Fog of War shows that in reality the momentum for civil rights was not so clear cut, with activists facing setbacks as well as successes and their opponents finding ways to establish more rigid defenses for segregation. While the war set the scene for a mass movement, it also narrowed some of the options for black activists. This collection is a timely reconsideration of the intersection between two of the dominant events of twentieth-century American history, the upheaval wrought by the Second World War and the social revolution brought about by the African American struggle for equality."--Publisher's description.

Getting out and staying out : a black man's guide to success after prison

February 6, 2015
Boothe, Demico.
[Memphis, Tenn.] : Full Surface Pub., c2012.
70 p. ; 22 cm.
"4 simple suggestions in 4 short chapters that will help formerly incarcerated African-American men re-enter society"--Cover.
Doing time : you've got to be there, make the best of it! -- I'm out! Now what?? -- Be an entrepreneur, it's the only way! -- Find a good woman and settle down, isn't it about time?

You have a brain

February 2, 2015
Carson, Ben, author.
231 pages ; 23 cm.
"Includes discussion questions"--Cover.
Throughout his life, renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson has needed to overcome many obstacles: his father leaving the family, being considered stupid by his classmates in grade school, growing up in inner-city Detroit, and having a violent temper. But Dr. Carson didn't let his circumstances control him and instead discovered eight principles that helped shape his future... Dr. Carson unpacks the eight important parts of Thinking Big: Talent, Honesty, Insight, being Nice, Knowledge, Books, In-Depth learning, and God, and presents the stories of people who demonstrated those things in his life. By applying the idea of THINK BIG to your life, and by looking at those around you as well, you too can overcome obstacles and work toward achieving your dreams.

The selected letters of Langston Hughes

February 2, 2015
Hughes, Langston, 1902-1967.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
xxx, 442 pages : illustrations, facsimiles ; 25 cm
"This is a Borzoi Book."

The misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

February 2, 2015
Rae, Issa, author.
New York : 37 Ink/Atria, 2015.
xv, 204 pages ; 24 cm
A/S/L -- FAT -- ABG guide : public grazing -- Leading lady -- ABG guide : connecting with other blacks -- When you can't dance -- Hair hierarchy -- ABG guide : the hair advantage -- Public displays of affection -- African dad -- Dating lessons & summer lust -- ABG guide : black women & Asian men -- Musical ambitions & failures -- The struggle -- Halfrican -- Fashion deficient -- New York, NY -- ABG guide : when co-workers attack.
"A collection of humorous essays on what it's like to be unabashedly awkward in a world that regards introverts as hapless misfits, and Black as cool ... [from] Issa Rae, the creator of the Shorty Award-winning ... series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl"-- Provided by publisher.

Black Broadway : African Americans on the great white way

January 30, 2015
Lane, Stewart F., author.
xii, 275 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 32 cm
African-American theater through the nineteenth century -- The turn of the century -- The 1920s and the Harlem Renaissance -- Breadlines to breakthroughs: the 1930s and 1940s -- Postwar Broadway: the 1950s -- The turbulent sixties -- The door has opened : the 1970s and 1980s -- Broadway now and tomorrow.
The African-American actors and actresses whose names have shone brightly on Broadway marquees earned their place in history not only through hard work, perseverance, and talent, but also because of the legacy left by those who came before them. Like the doors of many professions, those of the theater world were shut to minorities for decades. While the Civil War may have freed the slaves, it was not until the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s that the playing field began to level. In this remarkable book, theater producer and historian Stewart F. Lane uses words and pictures to capture this tumultuous century and to highlight the rocky road that black actors have travelled to reach recognition on the Great White Way. 0.

Carry me home : Birmingham, Alabama, the climactic battle of the civil rights revolution

January 30, 2015
McWhorter, Diane.
New York : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2013.
xvii, 731 pages, [16] leaves of plates : illustrations, map, facsimiles ; 24 cm
"With a new afterword by the author"--Cover.

Soul food love : healthy recipes inspired by one hundred years of cooking in a Black family

January 28, 2015
Randall, Alice, author.
New York : Clarkson Potter/Publishers, [2015]
224 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
A tale of five kitchens -- Sips & bites -- Soups -- Main dishes -- Sides & salads -- Desserts -- Crowns -- For a crowd.

Reach : 40 black men speak on living, leading, and succeeding

January 26, 2015
New York : Atria Books, [2015]
xxv, 275 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
In this timely and important collection of personal essays, black men from all walks of life share their inspiring stories and how each, in his own way, became a source of hope for his community and country.

Taking on Theodore Roosevelt : how one senator defied the president on Brownsville and shook American politics

January 26, 2015
Lembeck, Harry, 1944-
Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, 2015.
544 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustraions ; 24 cm
The iron of the wound enters the soul itself -- "They ate shooting us up" -- A special request -- On the ground -- A more aggressive attitude -- The education of the Rough Riders and the wizard -- Roosevelt does justice -- Friends of the administration -- These are my jewels -- Two sets of affidavits -- Between two stools -- Grim-visaged war -- Strange fruit -- A different burden of proof -- Cordial cooperation -- Most implicit faith -- What did happen at that Gridiron dinner -- First-class color men -- Greatest Shepherd -- The soldiers' patron and patronage -- Other coalitions, other fronts -- A face to grace the White House -- Brownsville ghouls -- "Do you care to say anything on the subject?" -- An act of treason -- Roosevelt fatigue -- "Not one particle of regret".

The life of Bessie Coleman : first African-American woman pilot

January 22, 2015
Plantz, Connie, author.
Berkeley Heights, NJ : Enslow Publishers, Inc., [2015]
96 pages : portraits ; 24 cm
Originally published: Bessie Coleman. Berkeley Heights, NJ : Enslow Publishers, 2001.
Flying with a purpose -- Growing up southern -- Seeking independence -- Passing the test -- Showing off -- Crashing in California -- Taking charge -- Gambling with death -- Searching for the truth -- Leading the way.


January 21, 2015
Lewis, John, 1940 February 21-
Marietta, GA : Top Shelf Productions, 2013-
v. : chiefly ill. ; 24 cm.
John Lewis's autobiographical account of his lifelong battle for civil rights for all Americans.

Seeds of freedom : the peaceful integration of Huntsville, Alabama

January 21, 2015
Bass, Hester, 1956-
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2015.
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm

All eyes are upon us : race and politics from Boston to Brooklyn

January 19, 2015
Sokol, Jason.
New York : Basic Books, [2014]
xxvi, 385 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Introduction: The Northern Mystique -- Part I: North of Jim Crow -- 1. And to Think That It Happened in Springfield : Pioneering Pluralism, Practicing Segregation (1939-1945) -- 2. Something in the Air : Jackie Robinson's Brooklyn (1947-1957) -- 3. "If We Were Segregationists" : The Struggle to Integrate Northeastern Schools (1957-1965) -- Part II: Forerunners -- 4. The Color-Blind Commonwealth? : The Election of Edward Brooke (1966) -- 5. Shirley Chisholm's Place : Winning New York's 12th Congressional District (1968) -- Part III: Mirrors -- 6. "The North is Guilty" : Abraham Ribicoff's Crusade (1970) -- 7. "This Bedeviling Busing Business" : The Long 1970s, the Trials of Edward Brooke, and the Fall of the North (1968-1979) -- Part IV: The Death and Life of the North -- 8. A Tale of Two Hartfords : Politics and Poverty in a Land of Plenty (1980-1987) -- 9. The Ghost of Willie Turks : Racial Violence and Black Politics in New York City (1982-1993) -- 10. The North Rises Again : Deval Patrick, Barack Obama, and the 21st Century (2006-2012).
"The Northeastern United States--home to abolitionism and a refuge for blacks fleeing the Jim Crow South--has had a long and celebrated history of racial equality and political liberalism. After World War II, the region appeared poised to continue this legacy, electing black politicians and rallying behind black athletes and cultural leaders. However, as historian Jason Sokol reveals in All Eyes Are Upon Us, these achievements obscured the harsh reality of a region riven by segregation and deep-seated racism. White fans from across Brooklyn--Irish, Jewish, and Italian--came out to support Jackie Robinson when he broke baseball's color barrier with the Dodgers in 1947, even as the city's blacks were shunted into segregated neighborhoods. The African-American politician Ed Brooke won a senate seat in Massachusetts in 1966, when the state was 97% white, yet his political career was undone by the resistance to busing in Boston. Across the Northeast over the last half-century, blacks have encountered housing and employment discrimination as well as racial violence. But the gap between the northern ideal and the region's segregated reality left small but meaningful room for racial progress. Forced to reckon with the disparity between their racial practices and their racial preaching, blacks and whites forged interracial coalitions and demanded that the region live up to its promise of equal opportunity. A revelatory account of the tumultuous modern history of race and politics in the Northeast, All Eyes Are Upon Us presents the Northeast as a microcosm of America as a whole: outwardly democratic, inwardly conflicted, but always striving to live up to its highest ideals"-- Provided by publisher.


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