New Arrivals · African-American Nonfiction

July 11, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Dapper Dan : made in Harlem : a memoir

July 10, 2019
Day, Daniel R., author.
©2019
xvii, 277 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Nobody's poor -- Like a raisin in the sun -- Harlem dreams -- Sportsmen -- Firing coffee -- The cursed game -- Too easy -- Tree of life -- Home -- Mind games -- The rumble -- Hubba hubba -- Aruba -- Remakes -- A new hustle -- Boy wonder -- Closure -- Crack -- Paid in full -- Beef -- The vise -- Game over -- Flat-foot hustling -- Highways, not runways -- Harlem River blues.
"With his eponymous store on 125th Street in Harlem, Dapper Dan pioneered high-end streetwear in the early 1980s, remixing classic luxury-brand logos into his own flamboyant designs. But before reinventing fashion, he was a hungry boy with holes in his shoes, a teen who daringly gambled drug dealers out of their money, a young man in a prison cell who found nourishment in books, and, finally, a designer who broke barriers to outfit a whos-who of music, sport, and crime world celebrities in looks that went on to define an era. By turns playful, poignant, and inspiring, Dapper Dan's memoir is a high-stakes coming-of-age story spanning more than 70 years and set against the backdrop of an ever-evolving America"-- Provided by publisher.

Getting what we need ourselves : how food has shaped African American life

July 9, 2019
Wallach, Jennifer Jensen, 1974- author.
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2019]
x, 217 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Culinary origins and exchanges during the Transatlantic slave trade -- Africanisms and adaptation during the era of slavery -- Foodways, resiliency, and white supremacy after the Civil War -- The quest to cook and eat with dignity during the Jim Crow era -- The search for a common table during the Great Depression and World War II -- Food as politics during the black freedom struggle.
"Traces the history of African American food habits from West African origins through the twenty-first century, offering a unique set of insights into the daily concerns of black people in the US. The book demonstrates that from capture and enslavement through emancipation, the civil rights movement, and beyond, African American have embraced an understanding of the importance of food that goes beyond merely having enough to eat"-- Provided by publisher.

Tracing your ancestors : African American research : a practical guide

July 8, 2019
Richard, Diane L., author.
©2019
66 pages : illustrations, maps ; 28 cm
"From the publishers of Your genealogy today, Internet genealogy & History magazine"
Introduction -- Digital library on American slavery -- Slave narratives -- Bills of sale -- 1867 voter registration -- Freedman's Bank records -- Manumission -- Pre-Civil War church records -- Free people of color -- 19th century newspaper research -- Mapping -- Fraternal organizations -- Education history -- The green book -- Funeral programs -- Photographic collections -- Manuscripts.

The Brightest Day : a Juneteenth Historical Romance Anthology

July 8, 2019
[North Charleston, SC] : [CreateSpace], ©2015.
318 pages ; 23 cm
Amazing Grace / by Lena Hart -- Drifting To You / by Kianna Alexander -- A Sweet Way To Freedom / by Piper Huguley -- Let It Shine / by Alyssa Cole.
The Brightest Day: A Juneteenth Historical Romance Anthology, with a foreword by the inimitable Beverly Jenkins, brings you four novellas highlighting love, light, and hope set over a period of history that's often left in the shadows. Amazing Grace, by Lena Hart: It's the year 1866--the Civil War is over and slavery has ended. Life for 18-year-old Gracie Shaw takes an unexpected turn when she is "encouraged" to marry a man sight-unseen. Boarded on a train headed West--to lawless territory--she is faced with misfortune at every turn and must accept the help of former Confederate soldier, Logan Finley, while denying herself the one thing she wants most. Him. Drifting to You, by Kianna Alexander: During the sultry Carolina summer of 1875, baker Rosaline Rhodes boards a Juneteenth cruise down the Cape Fear River. She's there to serve her famous cinnamon spice cake; shipbuilder Will Pruett is there for pleasure. They've denied their mutual attraction for months, but now the river won't be the only thing ebbing and flowing. A Sweet Way to Freedom, by Piper Huguley: In 1910, schoolteacher Missouri Baxter refuses to return home with a big belly and no husband. She's got nine months to teach juke joint owner Arlo Tucker--a most reluctant student--an important lesson about what marriage means to their people. With God on her side, she'll show him "A Sweet Way to Freedom." Let It Shine, by Alyssa Cole: Sofronia Wallis knows that proper Black women don't court trouble by upending the status quo, and they most certainly don't associate with roughneck Jewish boxers like Ivan Friedman. But it's 1961 and the Civil Rights movement is in full swing. Change--and love--are coming whether Sofie is ready or not.

Cincinnati's West End : through our eyes

June 28, 2019
Harshaw, John W., Sr., author.
[United States] : CreateSpace, ©2009.
308 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Follow the drinking gourd, let's go north -- Light-skin dark-skin -- 1937 flood -- The forties -- The Cincinnati Black Brigade -- African-American World War II monument -- Churches -- Saint Joseph Catholic Church -- The way it was -- What we ate -- Lincoln Center -- Sinton Recreation Center -- C&O Recreation Center -- The Coliseum -- The Boys Clubs -- Findlay Street Neighborhood House -- West End Recreation Center-Gest Street Park -- The holidays -- New Years Eve and New Years Day -- Martin Luther King Day did not exist -- Easter in the West End -- Mothers Day -- Memorial Day -- Fathers Day -- Juneteenth -- Fourth of July or Independence Day -- Labor Day -- Sweetest Day -- Halloween -- Thanksgiving -- Christmas -- Playing the numbers -- Blue laws -- Skates and skate mobiles -- Games -- Cures -- West End characters -- The Incas stincas -- Cincinnati's athletic history -- Music in the West End -- Klayman's Record Shop -- The Cotton Club -- The Rail -- The Regal Theater -- The Hippodrome Theater -- Lincoln, Piken, Dixie and the Rex Theaters -- Nicknames -- Playing the dozens -- Talking the talk -- What's the word? -- Watkins Products -- Photographers -- The sixties -- The education imperative and Robert A. Taft High School -- The Jabberwock -- Taft Capades -- Pi Tau Delta -- Taft time capsule -- Taft professional athletes -- Other professionals from the West End -- Newspapers and magazines -- Urban renewal or urban removal? -- Personal histories -- The John Harshaw story -- The Stephens and Dinkins families -- Mrs. Thelma McCray -- Pamela Mackey-Comer -- McKinley Hudson -- Elijah Scott -- Louis Childers story West End story 1941-1959 -- Judith Poe-Cochran -- Hudson Brothers Cleaners and Tailoring Shop -- Margie Ann Polnett-Rogers -- Blacks and Jews -- I am Cincinnati.
"Cincinnati's West End is a snapshot of a community in Cincinnati, Ohio during 1940-1970 when the political and social climate was in a slow crawl from segregation to integration and affirmative action. With its ever-changing boundaries, the West End was a citadel for a population in constant migration from the South to the North in search of positive economic, social, political, and educational opportunities. Up rooted and destroyed in the late nineteen fifties and early sixties, the West end of old bears little resemblance to the current West End. Cincinnati's West End is an illumination of the institutions, people, places, sounds, smells, customs, myths and ultimate successes of inner city pioneers. Their personal histories are spiritual testimonies of people who, in spite of racism, segregation and poverty succeeded in a profusion of professions, unknown to their ancestors"--Back cover.

The African American press

June 27, 2019
Miller, Derek L., author.
©2019
112 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Slavery and the Abolitionist Movement -- The Storytellers -- Stories of Resistance -- The Power of Truth and Dignity.
Many important Americans, including W. E. B. Du Bois, Langston Hughes, and Frederick Douglass, had ties to newspapers that advocated for equal rights, discussed issues central to the lives of African Americans, and reported on stories the mainstream press refused to cover. The legacy of the African American press is one that carries on today. This essential volume reveals the black press's role in the abolition of slavery, the establishment of civil rights, desegregation, and today's fight against racism and prejudice. -- Amazon.com.

The sixth man : a memoir

June 26, 2019
Iguodala, Andre, 1984- author.
New York : Blue Rider Press, [2019]
246 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Early Lessons -- Confidence -- When the Sun is Too Hot -- Welcome to the NBA -- The Most Hated Athlete in Town -- Elevation -- Find the Flow -- The Seventy-Fourth Win -- Riding Home.
"The standout memoir from NBA powerhouse Andre Iguodala, the indomitable sixth man of the champion Golden State Warriors. Andre Iguodala is one of the most admired players in the NBA. And fresh off the Warriors' third NBA championship in the last four years, his game has never been stronger. Off the court, Iguodala has earned respect, too--for his successful tech investments, his philanthropy, and increasingly for his contributions to the conversation about race in America. It is no surprise, then, that in his first book, Andre--with his cowriter Carvell Wallace--has pushed himself to go further than he ever has before about his life, not only as an athlete but about what makes him who he is at his core. The Sixth Man traces Andre's journey from childhood in his Illinois hometown to his Bay Area home court today. Basketball has always been there. But this is the story, too, of his experience of the conflict and racial tension always at hand in a professional league made up largely of African American men; of whether and why the athlete owes the total sacrifice of his body; of the relationship between competition and brotherhood among the players of one of history's most glorious championship teams. And of what motivates an athlete to keep striving for more once they've already achieved the highest level of play they could have dreamed. On drive, on leadership, on pain, on accomplishment, on the shame of being given a role, and the glory of taking a role on: This is a powerful memoir of life and basketball that reveals new depths to the superstar athlete, and offers tremendous insight into most urgent stories being told in American society today"-- Provided by publisher.

Behind the laughter : a comedian's tale of tragedy and hope

June 24, 2019
Griffith, Anthony, author.
Nashville, Tennessee : W Publishing Group, an imprint of Thomas Nelson, [2019]
viii, 215 pages ; 24 cm
Prologue: standing on the star -- Losing the straitjacket -- Finding laughter and love -- Living in black and white -- Moving up and out -- Star-and soul-searching -- Patient and profiled -- Rising stars -- Road to "Tonight" -- The first "Tonight" set -- No one wants to know the jester's pain -- The second "Tonight" set -- The final days -- The aftermath -- The third "Tonight" set -- The zombie march -- Pump the brakes -- One more thing -- Finding our voices -- Catharsis -- The last reveal -- Ties bound tight.
"A couple's powerful story of how God comforts us so that we can comfort others. Anthony Griffith, a stand-up comic from Chicago's South Side, has lived on the borderline of comedy and tragedy. At the very time his career as a stand-up comedian was taking off, and he had finally achieved his dream of appearing on The Tonight Show, he was also enduring an unimaginable personal nightmare: his two-year-old daughter, Brittany Nicole, was dying from cancer. While Anthony performed under bright lights, he struggled not to succumb to the darkness of losing a child"-- Provided by publisher.

Clarence Thomas and the lost constitution

June 24, 2019
Magnet, Myron, author.
New York : Encounter Books, 2019.
153 pages ; 23 cm
Our crisis of legitimacy -- The making of a justice -- Who killed the constitution? -- Originalism in action -- "A free man".

Dressed in dreams : a black girl's love letter to the power of fashion

June 20, 2019
Ford, Tanisha C., author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, [2019]
246 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Dashiki -- Leather jacket -- Jheri curl -- Tennis shoes -- Baggy jeans -- Coochie cutters -- Knee-high boots -- Bamboo earrings -- Afro puff -- Hoodie.

Mickalene Thomas : I can't see you without me.

June 19, 2019
Thomas, Mickalene, 1971- artist.
©2018
124 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
This catalog accompanies the exhibition: Mickalene Thomas: I can't see you without me, Wexner Center for the Arts at the Ohio State University, Sept. 14-Dec 30, 2018.
Director's foreword / Sherri Geldin -- Introduction: pleasure and reckoning / Michael Goodson -- Mickalene: plates -- Mama as muse / Antwaun Sargent -- Sandra "Mama" Bush: plates -- Michalene Thomas's world making / Nicole R. Fleetwood -- Maya: plates -- Rebel woman / Beverly Guy-Sheftall -- Racquel: plates -- Friends and other collaborators: plates -- Biography -- Exhibition checklist -- Exhibition lenders.
Presenting paintings of some of the artist's key models and muses, 'I Can't See You Without Me' illuminates the work of Brooklyn painter Mickalene Thomas (born 1971). Culling from art history and popular culture, Thomas creates scintillating portraits that deconstruct the highly charged connections between sitter, artist and viewer. Whether depicted as classically composed 19th-century odalisques, Afro-adorned vixens of blaxploitation films or as a powerful maternal figure yearning for social mobility, the recurring models in Thomas' compositions (almost exclusively women of color) convey a spirit of strength and self-confidence. Across this archetypal array, it is both their contradictions and kinships that make the black female body such fertile terrain for the artist's ongoing investigations. By casting herself, her late mother and other formidable women in her life as models, muses and collaborators, Thomas particularizes her distinctive oeuvre of portraiture. Focused yet expansive, the catalog both reasserts and further contextualizes issues of identity, sexuality and agency in Thomas' work that have only become more nuanced and palpable over time. Exhibition: Wexner Center for the Arts, The Ohio State University, Columbus, USA (1̊4.09. - 30.12.2018).

A dream too big : the story of an improbable journey from Compton to Oxford

June 19, 2019
Moore, Caylin Louis, author.
©2019
xv, 255 pages ; 22 cm
"In this inspiring and provocative memoir, Caylin Moore tells the against-all-odds story of his rise from cruel poverty in gang-ridden Los Angeles to academic success at Oxford University, with hope as his compass." -Amazon.com.

Embattled freedom : journeys through the Civil War's slave refugee camps

June 19, 2019
Taylor, Amy Murrell, author.
©2018
xv, 349 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Securing work -- Finding shelter -- Confronting removal -- Facing combat -- Battling hunger -- Clothing bodies -- Keeping faith -- Grappling with loss.
"The Civil War was just days old when the first enslaved men, women, and children began fleeing their plantations to seek refuge inside the lines of the Union army as it moved deep into the heart of the Confederacy. In the years that followed, hundreds of thousands more followed in a mass exodus from slavery that would destroy the system once and for all. Drawing on an extraordinary survey of slave refugee camps throughout the country, Embattled Freedom reveals as never before the everyday experiences of these refugees from slavery as they made their way through the vast landscape of army-supervised camps that emerged during the war." -- Publisher's description

Black boy poems : an account of black survival in America

June 14, 2019
Amir, Tyson author.
[Oakland, CA?] : Freedom Soul Media, [2016]
277 pages ; 23 cm
In the pages of Black Boy Poems, you will experience the fight, struggle, love, anger, frustration, critical analysis, and hope for a better future which is all present in the heart, mind, and soul of its author, Tyson Amir. Black Boy Poems was birthed in the throes of the violent racism and systemic devaluation of black people which has become a cornerstone of American culture. A pain that ugly and deep is necessary for a work such as this to have been authored. There is never a moment in this text where you are not confronted with the harsh realities that define the black experience. This book is thoroughly black, and Tyson Amir channels the essence of West African griots to tell the stories of his people in the most unapologetic terms. Once you open the pages, you will not be able to look away. Tyson has developed a writing style that allows the reader to fully experience the range of emotions captured on paper. His pain, struggle, and fight will become yours. He pulls you close with his poetry, and then once he has your ears, heart, and soul open, he speaks to your conscience and mind in a clear voice with in-depth analysis of the plight and need for black people to fight for their liberation.

Hebrews to Negroes : wake up Black America!

June 14, 2019
Dalton, Ronald, Jr, author.
©2014
710 pages ; 25 cm
"The book "Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America" touches on subjects too controversial for most authors to reveal to the people. This book will expose the truths that have been hidden by the powers that be in America. Since the European and Arab slave traders stepped foot into Africa, blacks have been told lies about their heritage. This was all by Satan's design for he is the father of lies. There is an old stereotypical expression that says "If you want to hide something from a Black person, put it in a book." Well, this is THE BOOK that ALL Black people must read! Since biblical times, there has been a satanic agenda to destroy God's Chosen People. This agenda still exists today and is carried on by man in many forms. Satan knows who God's Chosen People are, but for centuries we have been blind to this knowledge even though it's been right in front of our face. After many years of research, the time has finally come for ALL Black people to know the truth. Inside Hebrews To Negroes you will find the answers to all the burning questions you have wanted ask your parents, teachers and pastors for years. It has been said that the mind has a strong drive to correct itself over a period of time if it can touch some substantial ORIGINAL historical base about itself. This time period is ending and the truth is being exposed! Is this signs of the End Times? The bible says in the last days that knowledge will increase. It also says "In the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:" Knowledge is the TRUTH and Satan's time is running out. Don't be left behind. Find out what's really going on behind the scenes as it relates to BLACK AMERICA then and now. Afterwards you be the judge as to who God's Chosen People really are and who Satan's army is really after. AT THE END OF READING THIS BOOK, I GUARANTEE YOU WON'T REGRET IT"--Amazon.com.

Gone to Texas : genealogical abstracts from "The telegraph & Texas register", 1835-1841

June 10, 2019
Ladd, Kevin.
©1994
283 pages ; 21 cm
Includes indexes.
A genealogy of Anglo-American and Mexican citizens abstracted from The Telegraph and Texas Register 1835-1841.

More than enough : claiming space for who you are (no matter what they say)

June 7, 2019
Welteroth, Elaine, 1986- author.
New York : Viking, [2019]
xvi, 320 pages ; 24 cm
"In this part-manifesto, part-memoir, the revolutionary editor who infused social consciousness into the pages of Teen Vogue explores what it means to come into your own -- on your own terms Throughout her life, Elaine Welteroth has climbed the ranks of media and fashion, shattering ceilings along the way. In this riveting and timely memoir, the groundbreaking journalist unpacks lessons on race, identity, and success through her own journey, from navigating her way as the unstoppable child of a unlikely interracial marriage in small-town California to finding herself on the frontlines of a modern movement for the next generation of change makers. Welteroth moves beyond the headlines and highlight reels to share the profound lessons and struggles of being a barrier-breaker across so many intersections. As a young boss and the only black woman in the room, she's had enough of the world telling her -- and all women -- they're not enough. As she learns to rely on herself by looking both inward and upward, we're ultimately reminded that we're more than enough." -- Provided by publisher.

The dark fantastic : race and the imagination from Harry Potter to The hunger games

June 7, 2019
Thomas, Ebony Elizabeth, 1977- author.
New York : New York University Press, [2019]
vii, 225 pages ; 24 cm.
Introduction: The dark fantastic : race and the imagination gap -- Toward a theory of the dark fantastic -- Lamentations of a Mockingjay : The hunger games' Rue and racial innocence in the dark fantastic -- A queen out of place : dark fantastic dreaming and the spacetime politics of Gwen in BBC's Merlin -- The curious case of Bonnie Bennett : The vampire diaries and the monstrous contradiction of the dark fantastic -- Hermione is black : a postscript on Harry Potter and the crisis of infinite dark fantastic worlds -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index -- About the author.
The promise of escape draws people from all backgrounds to speculative fiction, but when people of color seek passageways into the fantastic the doors are often barred. This problem lies not only with children's publishing, but also with the television and film executives tasked with adapting these stories into a visual world. When characters of color do appear, they are often marginalized or subjected to violence, reinforcing for audiences that not all lives matter. In an engaging and provocative exploration of race in popular youth and young adult speculative fiction, Thomas considers four black girl protagonists from some popular stories of the early 21st century and reveals how these characters mirror the violence against black and brown people in our own world. -- adapted from jacket

Smokin' Joe : the life of Joe Frazier

June 6, 2019
Kram, Mark, Jr., author.
New York : ECCO, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2019.
376 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
History will remember the rivalry of Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali as one for the ages. A trilogy of extraordinary fights that transcended the world of sports and crossed into a sociocultural drama that divided the country. Joe Frazier was a much more complex figure than just his rivalry with Ali would suggest. In this riveting and nuanced portrayal, acclaimed sportswriter Mark Kram, Jr. unlinks Frazier from Ali and for the first time gives a full-bodied accounting of Frazier's life. A journey that began as the youngest of thirteen children packed in small farmhouse, encountering the bigotry and oppression of the Jim Crow South, and continued with his voyage north at age fifteen to develop as a fighter in Philadelphia.

Grace will lead us home : the Charleston Church Massacre and the hard, inspiring journey to forgiveness

June 5, 2019
Hawes, Jennifer (Jennifer Berry), author.
©2019
x, 309 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes index.
Part I: We have stared evil in the eye -- Part II: Looking to man for comfort -- Part III: What's done in the dark comes to the light -- Remarks by the President in eulogy for the Honorable Reverend Clementa Pinckney.
"A deeply moving work of narrative nonfiction on the tragic shootings at the Mother Emanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina. On June 17, 2015, twelve members of the historically black Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina welcomed a young white man to their evening Bible study. He arrived with a pistol, 88 bullets, and hopes of starting a race war. Dylann Roof's massacre of nine innocents during their closing prayer horrified the nation. Two days later, some relatives of the dead stood at Roof's hearing and said, "I forgive you." That grace offered the country a hopeful ending to an awful story. But for the survivors and victims' families, the journey had just begun. In Grace Will Lead Us Home, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jennifer Berry Hawes provides a definitive account of the tragedy's aftermath. With unprecedented access to the grieving families and other key figures, Hawes offers a nuanced and moving portrait of the events and emotions that emerged in the massacre's wake. The two adult survivors of the shooting begin to make sense of their lives again. Rifts form between some of the victims' families and the church. A group of relatives fights to end gun violence, capturing the attention of President Obama. And a city in the Deep South must confront its racist past. This is the story of how, beyond the headlines, a community of people begins to heal. An unforgettable and deeply human portrait of grief, faith, and forgiveness, Grace Will Lead Us Home is destined to be a classic in the finest tradition of journalism"-- Provided by publisher.

Compensated emancipation in the District of Columbia : petitions under the act of April 16, 1862

June 5, 2019
Provine, Dorothy S.
Westminster, Md. : Heritage Books, 2008, ©2005.
268 pages ; 28 cm
Includes index.

Black baseball, 1858-1900 : a comprehensive record of the teams, players, managers, owners and umpires

June 3, 2019
Brunson, James E. (James Edward), 1954- author.
Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2019]
[1] volumes ; 28 cm
Volume 1. Introduction: The Scribbling Class -- "They Covered Themselves in Glory": The Lost Baseball World of the New Negro (Essay) -- Team Profiles, 1858-1900 -- Club Rosters, 1858-1900 -- Directory: Managers, Promoters, and Other Contacts, 1867-1900 -- Volume 2: Brothers and Brotherhood: Black Baseball's Family Networks (Essay) -- Empire and Pastime: The Objectification of Black Baseball (Essay) -- Player Register, A-L -- Volume 3: Player Register, M-Z -- A Matter of Ability, and Not Color: The Rise of Black Umpires (Essay) -- Black Umpires: A Chronology of Games, 1858-1900 -- The Politics of Performance: Music, Minstrelsy and Black Baseball (Essay).
" This is one of the most important baseball books to be published in a long time, taking a comprehensive look at black participation in the national pastime from 1858 through 1900. It provides team rosters and team histories, player biographies, a list of umpires and games they officiated, and information on team managers and team secretaries"-- Provided by publisher.

Alexandria's Freedmen's Cemetery : a legacy of freedom

June 3, 2019
Bah, Char McCargo, author.
Charleston, SC : The History Press, 2019.
175 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Foreword, by Audrey P. Davis -- Foreword, by Frances Norton Burton -- Introduction -- We were waiting on freedom -- Don't forget about me -- We came so far, just to die -- Freedom didn't come easy -- We thanked the President -- We marched with the Yankees -- No more master, no more mistress -- Alexandria Contrabands and Freedmen's cemetery dedication ceremony -- Epilogue. "Call our name".
"At the beginning of the Civil War, Federal troops secured Alexandria as Union territory. Former slaves, called contrabands, poured in to obtain protection from their former masters. Due to overcrowding, mortality rates were high. Authorities seized an undeveloped parcel of land on South Washington Street, and by March 1864, it had been opened as a cemetery for African Americans. Between 1864 and 1868, more than 1,700 contrabands and freedmen were buried there. For nearly eighty years, the cemetery lay undisturbed and was eventually forgotten. Rediscovered in 1996, it has now been preserved as a monument to the courage and sacrifice of those buried within. Author and researcher Char McCargo Bah recounts the stories of those men and women and the search for their descendants."-- back cover.

African Americans and the presidents : politics and policies from Washington to Trump

May 29, 2019
Brooks, F. Erik, author.
Santa Barbara, California : Greenwood, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2019]
viii, 318 pages ; 26 cm
Slavery Era -- Civil War Era -- Post-Reconstruction Era -- Civil Rights Era -- Post-Civil Rights Era.

Black officer in a Buffalo Soldier regiment : the military career of Charles Young

May 29, 2019
Shellum, Brian, author.
©2010
xxi, 360 pages, 28 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 22 cm
"A Bison original"--Page 4 of cover.
Awaiting orders -- First posting to Fort Robinson -- New start at Fort Duchesne -- Military instructor at Wilberforce -- Volunteer officer in the Spanish-American War -- Return to Fort Duchesne -- Fighting Guerillas in the Philippines -- Troop commander in San Francisco and Sequoia -- Military attaché in Hispaniola -- Garrison duty in the Philippines and Wyoming -- Military assistance mission in Liberia -- Chasing Villa in Mexico -- Retirement to Ohio -- Final post in Liberia -- Epilogue : coming home.
Brian G. Shellum describes how, during his remarkable army career, Young was shuffled among the few assignments deemed suitable for a black officer in a white man's army - the Buffalo Soldier regiments, an African American college, and diplomatic posts in black republics such as Liberia. Nonetheless, he used his experience to establish himself as an exceptional cavalry officer. He was a colonel on the eve of the United States' entry into World War I, when serious medical problems and racial intolerance denied him command and ended his career. Shellum's book seeks to restore a hero to the ranks of military history; at the same time, it informs our understanding of the role of race in the history of the American military."--Publisher description.

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