New Arrivals · African-American Nonfiction

March 13, 2020
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

African American literature : an encyclopedia for students

March 12, 2020
Santa Barbara, California : Greenwood, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2020]
xxiv, 429 pages ; 26 cm
"This essential volume provides an overview of and introduction to African American writers and literary periods, from the beginning of the 20th century into the 21st century"-- Provided by publisher.

The princess and the prophet : the secret history of magic, race, and Moorish Muslims in America

March 10, 2020
Dorman, Jacob S., 1974- author.
Boston : Beacon Press, [2020]
311 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction: organic mosaics -- Old Kentucky -- Oriental magic -- Muslim masons -- Imperial inferno -- Hindoo magic -- White tops -- Death dance -- Professor Drew -- Chicago rackets -- Black Mecca -- Power brokers -- Moorish science -- Machine politics -- Moorish factions -- Chicago justice -- Epilogue: the bridge.
"How the circuses, dance halls, and midways of the Gilded Age provided the cultural ferment and freedom that led to the creation of the Black Muslim movement in America"-- Provided by publisher.

There was a time : James Brown, the Chitlin' Circuit, and me

March 5, 2020
Leeds, Alan, author.
xii, 244 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"A behind-the-scenes look at the Chitlin' Circuit during American's most vital period of soul music -- from the eyes and ears of a young, Jewish kid from Queens who joined the team of the hardest working man in show business and learned the art of the music business at the hand of the performer who mastered it. In the mid-'60s, Alan Leeds was a young DJ looking for his way into the music business. An interview with James Brown to promote a local show in Virginia led to an opportunity to promote one of Brown's concerts, which then led to Brown hiring him to help run his tours. Soon Leeds was wearing many hats and traveling around the country as Brown battled a complicated web of local promoters and managers, all too willing to try to rip him off. In this riveting book -- part memoir, part history -- Leeds weaves a wholly new and remarkable portrait of Brown as an idiosyncratic iconoclast, determined artist, and forceful businessman. It is a rare look into a world little known to white America immediately following the Civil Rights Movement. Leeds discovers that Brown is a fascinatingly complex man and their experiences, both business and personal, range from emotional to humorous. All the while, they navigate the complicated world of popular Black music in America, told by someone who actually lived it." Publisher's description.

Some slaves of Prince William County, Virginia : partial will books 1734-1872

March 5, 2020
Barlau, Sandra, compiler.
x, 216 pages ; 22 cm.
Includes index.
"Will Books are a good source in the search for slaves only if the owner named the slave(s). Many times a will lists property without specifying if it includes slaves. For example: “I will and bequeath to my (wife, son, daughter, etc.) all my estate both real and personal of every sort;” or, “...the property I have already given to my (wife, son, daughter, etc.)...” The documents often do not include the slave’s name, sometimes only girl, runaway, boy, etc. Each chapter in this work contains information gleaned from one Will Book. The documents include Administrator’s Estate, Executor and Guardian Accounts, Wills, and, Inventory and Appraisals. Each entry gives the name of the slave owner, page number, date, and type of document followed by a list of slaves. The new owner is listed if known. Surnames of the owner’s children are indexed only if noted in the document. The slaves who were emancipated, freed or manumitted are listed in the index under Emancipated. A full-name index adds to the value of this work."

The Obama portraits

March 2, 2020
Caragol-Barreto, Taina Beatriz, curator.
Washington, DC : National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution ; Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2020]
vii, 139 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Unveiling the unconventional : Kehinde Wiley's portrait of Barack Obama / Taína Caragol -- "Radical empathy" : Amy Sherald's portrait of Michelle Obama / Dorothy Moss -- The Obama portraits, in art history and beyond / Richard J. Powell -- The Obama portraits and the National Portrait Gallery as a site of secular pilgrimage / Kim Sajet -- The presentation of the Obama portraits : a transcript of the unveiling ceremony.
"This is the first study of the portraits Barack Obama (2018) and Michelle Obama (2018), their reception, and their significance. The book includes essays by historians examining the influence of the paintings and what they reveal about contemporary portraiture, particularly in relation to American and African American history and culture. The book also features interviews with the artists, transcripts of the remarks made by the Obamas at the unveiling, and a selection of images, including behind-the-scenes photography by Pete Souza, the official photographer for the Obamas, made during the portrait sittings"-- Provided by publisher.

Parable of the brown girl : the sacred lives of girls of color

February 27, 2020
Adams, Khristi Lauren, author.
Minneapolis, MN : Fortress Press, [2020]
xvi, 148 pages ; 22 cm
Parable of the weak brown girl -- Parable of the insecure brown girl -- Parable of the voiceless brown girl -- Parable of the Fass brown girl -- Parable of the alienated brown girl -- Parable of the angry brown girl -- Parable of the white-acting brown girl.
The stories of girls of color are often overlooked and ignored rather than valued and heard. Instead of relegating these young women to the margins, minister and youth advocate Khristi Lauren Adams brings their stories front and center where they belong. Thought-provoking and inspirational, Parable of the Brown Girl is a powerful example of how God uses the narratives we most often ignore to teach us the most important lessons in life.

Race man : selected works, 1960-2015

February 27, 2020
Bond, Julian, 1940-2015, author.
xx, 269 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
"An inspiring, historic collection of writings from one of America's most important civil rights leaders"-- Provided by publisher.

Historic black settlements of Ohio

February 26, 2020
Meyers, David, 1948- author.
Charleston, SC : History Press, 2020.
206 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
In the years leading up to the Civil War, Ohio had more African American settlements than any other state. Owing to a common border with slave states, it became a destination for people of color seeking to separate themselves from slavey. Despite these communities having populations that sometimes numbered in the hundreds, little is known about most of them, and by the beginning of the twentieth century, nearly all had lost their ethnic indentites as the original settlers died off and their descendants moved away. This book pieces together the stories of more than 40 of these black settlements.

Here for it : or, how to save your soul in America : essays

February 24, 2020
Thomas, R. Eric, author.
xviii, 264 pages ; 22 cm
Introduction: The monster at the end of this book -- The audacity -- There's never any trouble here in Bubbleland -- Molly, urine danger girl -- She's got herself a universe -- Historically Black -- Disorientation -- Someone is wrong on the internet -- Unsuccessful Black hair -- Flames, at the side of my face -- Ball so soft -- Fate bursting through the wall -- Krampromise -- Comforters -- The preacher's husband -- Dinner guests -- Eggquity -- The past smelled terrible -- Unsubscribe from all that -- Here for It, or How to save your soul in America -- Epilogue: the end is (coming) running about fifteen minutes late.
"R. Eric Thomas didn't know he was different until the world told him so. Everywhere he went--whether it was his rich, mostly white, suburban high school, his conservative black church, or his Ivy League college in a big city--he found himself on the outside looking in. In essays by turns hysterical and heartfelt, Eric redefines what it means to be an "other" through the lens of his own life experience. He explores the two worlds of his childhood: the barren urban landscape where his parents' house was an anomalous bright spot, and the verdant school they sent him to in white suburbia. He writes about struggling to reconcile his Christian identity with his sexuality, about the exhaustion of code-switching in college, accidentally getting famous on the internet (for the wrong reason), and the surreal experience of covering the 2016 election as well as the seismic change that came thereafter. Ultimately, Eric seeks the answer to the ever more relevant question: Is the future worth it? Why do we bother when everything seems to be getting worse? As the world continues to shift in unpredictable ways, Eric finds the answers to these questions by re-envisioning what "normal" means, and in the powerful alchemy that occurs when you at last place yourself at the center of your own story"-- Provided by publisher.

Historical dictionary of African American theater

February 24, 2020
Hill, Anthony D., 1947- author.
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2018]
xxxvi, 699 pages, 18 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Contains a chronology, introduction, list of acronyms and abbreviations, in-depth chronology, appendixes, and more than 700 cross-references dictionary entries on African American theater"-- Provided by publisher.

The misunderstood millennial

February 24, 2020
Boyle, Jonathan T., author.
[North Charleston, South Carolina] : [CreateSpace], [2019]
181 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Never trade your vision for approval"--Cover.
Misunderstood -- Dreams worth more than opinions -- The game has changed -- Many are called -- Sidetracked -- Rock bottom -- Toll road -- Seasons -- Know your place -- For millennials everywhere -- About the author.
"The misunderstood millennial is a motivational memoir told through the eyes of a Midwest kid who grew up with dreams of playing college and ultimately professional basketball. Enduring a series of unfortunate events derailing his original path to success, Jonathan finds himself on a life-altering journey. Fighting through depression, anxiety, and discovering how to unleash his true identity while striving to live a life of faith. This powerful book will inspire you to come face to face with yourself, motivating you to unlock your potential and discover your true purpose while reminding you to never trade your vision for anyone's approval"--Back cover.

The last negroes at Harvard : the class of 1963 and the eighteen young men who changed Harvard forever

February 21, 2020
Garrett, Kent, author.
xiv, 299 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"The untold story of the Harvard class of '63, whose Black students fought to create their own identities on the cusp between integration and affirmative action. In the fall of 1959, Harvard recruited eighteen "Negro" boys as an experiment, an early form of affirmative action. Four years later they would graduate as African Americans. Some fifty years later, one of these trailblazing Harvard grads, Kent Garrett, began to reconnect with his classmates and explore their vastly different backgrounds, lives, and what their time at Harvard meant. Garrett and his partner Jeanne Ellsworth recount how these young men broke new ground. By the time they were seniors, they would have demonstrated against injustice, had lunch with Malcolm X, experienced heartbreak and the racism of academia, and joined with their African national classmates to fight for the right to form an exclusive Black students' group. Part journey into personal history, part group portrait, and part narrative history of the civil rights movement, this is the remarkable story of brilliant, singular boys whose identities were changed at and by Harvard, and who, in turn, changed Harvard"-- Provided by publisher.

How sweet it is : a songwriter's reflections on music, Motown and the mystery of the muse

February 17, 2020
Dozier, Lamont, author, composer, performer.
[United States] : BMG, [2019]
iii, 316 pages, [16] unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Introduction: trying to get around myself -- Going back to my roots -- Nowhere to run -- Bernadette -- I can't help myself -- Someday, someway -- Forever came today -- Come and get these memories -- Deeper & deeper -- You keep me hangin' on -- Run, run, run -- I created a monster -- Where did our love go? -- Give me just a little more time -- In my lonely room -- Slipping away -- I'm in a different world -- Heaven must have sent you -- I just can't walk away -- Anything is possible -- Reflections -- Afterword: Lamont's guiding principles of songwriting -- Appendix A: List of Lamont's charting singles as a songwriter -- Appendix B: List of Lamont Dozier solo albums
As part of Motown's legendary songwriting and production team of Holland-Dozier-Holland, Lamont Dozier is responsible for such classics as "Baby I Need Your Loving", "You Can't Hurry Love," "Stop! In the Name of Love," and many more. Dozier takes us behind the scenes of the Motown machine, sharing personal stories of his encounters with icons such as Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, and Berry Gordy. He reveals the moments that inspired some of his timeless songs--and pulls back the curtain on the studio secrets that helped him and his colleagues create "the sound of young America." Having pursued the mystery of songwriting muse for many years, his stories are interwoven with invaluable insights and wisdom on the art and craft of songwriting that will inspire the creative spark in all of us. -- Adapted from back cover

History of the Black dollar

February 17, 2020
Rich, Angel, author.
xi, 146 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Bartering slaves -- Willie Lynch -- King Cotton -- Paul Cuffee -- Gil Sage Salvo Perkins -- Black codes -- Nat Turner -- Trevor Brooks -- Civil war -- Sojourner Truth -- Carita Marrow -- Emancipation proclamation -- Harriet Tubman -- Erin Horne McKinney -- Sharecropper economics -- William Lloyd Garrison -- Thomas Nida -- Freemen's Bank -- Frederick Douglass -- Rodney Williams -- The great migration -- Booker T. Washington -- Dawn Dickson -- Convict leasing -- Ellen and William Craft -- Frederick Hutson -- Black Wall Street -- O. W. Gurley -- Bjorn BK Simmons -- Kingman Park -- Madam CJ Walker -- Natalie Cofield -- Little Rock 9 -- Mary McLeod Bethune -- Stacie Whisonant -- Banking black -- Congressman Ron Dellums -- Dominique Broadway -- Reparations -- Congressman John Conyers -- Jason Green -- Black billionaires -- Oprah Winfrey -- DeShauna Moore Spencer -- The great recession -- Congresswoman Maxine Waters -- Michael Kevin Floyd -- The black financial experience -- Aaron Saunders -- Stephanie Lampkin -- Black lives matter -- Congressman Elijah Cummings -- Victor Lombard -- Closing the racial wealth gap -- Dr. Maya Rockeymoore.
"Rich reveals significant economic moments in history that have helped shape America--slavery, sharecropping, convict leasing, the Little Rock Nine, Black Wall Street, Civil Rights, The Great Recession, Black Lives Matter, and several other milestones. The book highlights important figures--some renowned, and some lesser known; that have made these black historical moments possible through their personal, diligent efforts."--Page [4] of cover.

The war against black Americans and freedom

February 13, 2020
Noel, Nick, author.
Cincinnati, OH : Write Man Communications, 2019.
vi, 218 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Introduction to the war -- The force against freedom -- The American Revolution -- The United States Constitution -- Founding of the modern Democratic Party -- Democrats vs. compromising Whigs -- Frederick Douglass, American slave -- Frederick Douglass, abolitionist leader -- Founding of the modern Republican Party -- Civil war and assassination of Lincoln -- Republican reconstruction -- First Democrat deconstruction of freedom -- Democrat racial segregation -- Wilson disaster for rights -- Prosperity between disaster and depression -- Destruction of limits, depression, and war -- Democrat slavery, segregation, and socialism -- Ike and overcoming Democrat segregation -- The election of 1960 -- Second Democrat civil war for slavery -- Assassination of JFK and equal rights -- Second Democrat deconstruction of freedom -- Modern urban Democrat plantations -- Democrat destruction of freedom for all -- Democrat rule by MMP and bureaucracy -- The hoax of Social Security -- An inconvenient and destructive hoax -- Mass media propaganda and indoctrination -- Supreme Court destruction of the Constitution that created it -- Who owns us? -- Bush and Iraq War -- Successes of Socialism and Communism -- Democrat/Obama destruction of freedom -- Great again/As great as planned -- Black voices for freedom today.
"It is long past time to stop allowing ourselves to be divided by race and manipulated by those who benefit from keeping us divided. The purpose of the United States government is to permanently secure the God-given freedom and equal rights of all Americans, but a powerful force against freedom within our country has worked to defeat the US Constitution since the United States was founded. Their war against black Americans continues today, and they have expanded it into a war against the freedom and rights of all Americans. We can still make our government accomplish its purpose and its promise. Black, white, and all Americans who want to live together in freedom have the power today to peacefully defeat their war against us, and to make our country as great as our founders established it to be for all of us"--Provided by publisher.

Olympic pride, American prejudice : the untold story of 18 African Americans who defied Jim Crow and Adolf Hitler to compete in the 1936 Berlin Olympics

February 10, 2020
Draper, Deborah Riley, author.
New York : Atria Books, 2020.
388 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 23 cm
The girls are fast -- A single inch, a cross on fire -- Discipline and heart -- Determination -- Dashing to the tape -- The underestimated -- Qualified and confident -- Together yet alone -- Defeat -- Do the little things well -- Looking ahead -- The world's fastest man -- The Nazis take control -- Anyone is beatable -- The boycott debate -- Baptism by fire -- Trial and error -- The Olympic "black gang" -- An almost color-blind ocean -- The Olympic spirit and Olympic peace -- Ready, willing, and able for war -- The snub -- The stop -- The sneakers -- The footnote -- The junior -- The Black Panther -- The golden concession -- The team -- Two ladies -- The verdict.
"Discover the astonishing, inspirational, and largely unknown true story of the eighteen African American athletes who competed in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games, defying the racism of both Nazi Germany and the Jim Crow South." -- Publisher annotation.

Skimmed : breastfeeding, race, and injustice

February 7, 2020
Freeman, Andrea, (Associate Professor of Law), author.
xii, 272 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The famous Fultz quads -- Black breastfeeding in America -- Race-targeted formula marketing -- The bad black mother -- When formula rules -- Legalizing breast milk -- The Fultz quads after Pet Milk -- Conclusion : "first food" freedom
"The Famous Fultz Quads tells the heartbreaking story of America's first recorded African American quadruplets, their rise to fame and use as advertising symbols for baby formula companies, and the damage done both to their lives and the greater health and wellbeing of generations of African American families in the US."--Provided by the publisher.

50 events that shaped African American history : an encyclopedia of the American mosaic

February 6, 2020
Santa Barbara, California : Greenwood, an Imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, [2019]
2 volumes (xx ; ix, 861 pages) : illustrations ; 26 cm
Trans-Atlantic slave trade, 1502-1888 / Christopher Cumo -- Nat Turner's Revolt, 1831 / Bethany Jay -- Abolitionist movement, 1830-1860 / Whitney Stewart, Jonathan A. Noyalas, Kevin R.C. Gutzman, Nancy A. McCaslin -- Compromise of 1850 / Kathleen Gronnerud -- Dred Scott v. Sanford, 1857 / Marty Kuhlman -- John Brown's raid, 1859 / Evan C. Rothera -- The United States Civil War, 1861-1865 / James Sandy -- Reconstruction Era, 1863-1877 / Loryn Clauson -- Establishment of black codes, 1866 / Lacey P. Hunter -- The exoduster movement, 1879-1881 / John Becker, Michael Thomas Gavin, Christopher Keith Johnson, P. Huston Ladner -- Atlanta Compromise, 1895 / Justin Williams, Bobby R. Holt -- Plessy v. Ferguson, 1896 / Rodney Montague, Michael S. Rodriguez -- The great migration, 1910-1960 / Jessica L. Parker -- The rise and fall of the Universal Negro Improvement Association, 1914-1940 / Jamie J. Wilson, Shawntel Lyn Ensminger -- The Harlem Renaissance, 1919-1930 / Jordan Hill -- Pan African Congresses, 1919-1949 / Esperanza Brizuela-Garcia, Walter Rucker -- Scottsboro boys 1931-1948 / Valerie R. Stackman -- Tuskegee syphilis experiment, 1932-1972 / Rueben C. Warren, Clayborne Carson, Mindy R. Weidman -- Jackie Robinson integrates major league baseball, 1947 / Thabiti Lewis, Amy Essington, Gregory Kaliss, Lew Freedman -- Integration of United States Armed Forces, 1947 / Janice D. Hamlet -- Freedom rides, 1947, 1961 / Matthew Gritter, Gerald Wayne Dowdy -- Brown vs. Board of Education, 1954 / Sarah Militz-Frielink, La Vonne Neal, & Alicia L. Moore -- The murder of Emmet Till, 1955 / Frank C. King, Jr., Lionel Kimble, Jr., David Kenneth Pye -- Montgomery bus boycott, 1955-1956 / Jamie J. Wilson, Dan Puckett, Erin Boade, Jennifer A. Lemak -- The founding of the Southern Christian Leadership Council, 1957 / Gabriel J. Atchison, Mindy R. Weidman -- Greensboro four and the sit-in movement, 1960 / Hettie V. Williams, Mary Jo Fairchild -- Project C: the Birmingham campaign, 1963 / Sondra Bickham Washington -- March on Washington for jobs and freedom, 1963 / Jamie J. Wilson -- The birth of soul: Stax and Motown Records, 1957-1967 / Tammy Kernodle, Katherine Gould, Amanda de la Garza -- Freedom summer, 1964 / Jamie Wilson, Claudette L. Tolson, Cristy Casado Tondeur, Paul T. Miller, William Mychael Sturkey -- War on poverty, 1964 / Jamie J. Wilson, Rickie Sanders, James A. Beckman -- Rights legislation: Civil Rights Act 1964 and Voting Rights Act, 1965 / John Barnhill, John Drabble -- Assassination of Malcolm X, 1965 / Bijan C. Bayne, Walter Rucker, Jamie J. Wilson -- The long hot summers: African American riots and rebellions, 1965-1968 / William P. Toth, Amanda J. Davis, Lacey P. Hunter, Mindy R. Weidman, Walter Rucker -- The Black power movement, 1966-1973 / Jamie J. Wilson, Sara K. Eskridge -- Loving v. Virginia, 1967 / Staci M. Rubin -- Assassination of Martin Luther King, 1968 / Andrew Joseph Pegoda -- Black arts movement, 1960-1975 / Nagueyalti Warren -- Rise and fall of the Black Panther Party, 1966-1983 / Jamie J. Wilson, Zoe Trodd -- Election of Shirley Chisholm to the U.S. Congress, 1968 / Matthew Gritter -- The birth of hip hop, 1970-1985 / Melissa Ursula Dawn Goldsmith -- Release of Shaft, 1971 / Jacynda Ammons -- Roots: the miniseries, 1976 / Renate L. Chancellor -- Launch of Oprah Winfrey Show, 1986 / Shennette Garrett-Scott -- African American Antiapartheid movement, 1937-1994 / Dawne Y. Curry, Walter Rucker, Clay M. Johnson -- Million man march, 1995 / Richard Thomas -- The war on drugs, 1971-2000s / Mathai V. Mathew, Glen Jeansonne, David Luhrssen, Jim Marshall, Richard Kent Evans -- Barack Obama wins the presidency, 2008 / Marilyn K. Howard, Terri Nichols -- Black lives matter movement, 2013-2017 / Rhonda Erica Celey -- National Museum of African American History and Culture opens, 2016 / Christopher Cumo.
"This two-volume work celebrates 50 notable achievements of African Americans, highlighting black contributions to U.S. history and examining the ways black accomplishments shaped American culture"-- Provided by publisher.

A black women's history of the United States

February 5, 2020
Berry, Daina Ramey, author.
Boston : Beacon Press, [2020]
xii, 273 pages, 8 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Nannie's legacy and the histories of Black women -- Isabel's expedition and freedom, before 1619 -- Angela's exodus out of Africa, 1619-1760 -- Belinda's petition for independence, 1760-1820 -- Millie and Christine's performance and the expansion of slavery, 1820-1860 -- Mary's apron and the demise of slavery, 1860-1876 -- Frances's sex and the dawning of the Black women's era, 1876-1915 -- Augusta Clay, migration, and the Depression, 1915-1940 -- Alice's medals and Black women's war at home, 1940-1950 -- Aurelia's lawsuit against Jim Crow, 1950-1970 -- Shirley's run, Black power, politics, and Black feminism, 1970-2000 -- Patricia's climb and the sisters holding down liberty.
"A vibrant and empowering history that emphasizes the perspectives and stories of African American women to show how they are--and have always been--instrumental in shaping our country. In centering Black women's stories, two award-winning historians seek both to empower African American women and to show their allies that Black women's unique ability to make their own communities while combatting centuries of oppression is an essential component in our continued resistance to systemic racism and sexism. Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross offer an examination and celebration of Black womanhood, beginning with the first African women who arrived in what became the United States to African American women of today. A Black Women's History of the United States reaches far beyond a single narrative to showcase Black women's lives in all their fraught complexities. Berry and Gross prioritize many voices: enslaved women, freedwomen, religious leaders, artists, queer women, activists, and women who lived outside the law. The result is a starting point for exploring Black women's history and a testament to the beauty, richness, rhythm, tragedy, heartbreak, rage, and enduring love that abounds in the spirit of Black women in communities throughout the nation."--Publisher's website.

When it was grand : the radical Republican history of the Civil War

February 5, 2020
Keith, LeeAnna, author.
New York : Hill and Wang, a division of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020.
340 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Filibustering in Kansas -- The antislavery resistance -- Transcendental politics -- Free soil, free men, Fremont -- Dred Scott nullification -- John Brownism -- House divided -- Harper's Ferry -- Wide awake -- Military emancipation -- Wolf killers -- Arming African Americans -- Turning the Mississippi -- Revolution by confiscation -- Republican nation-building -- Never surrender the flag -- Wearing the brass letter -- Black Republicans.

Driving while black : African American travel and the road to civil rights

February 4, 2020
Sorin, Gretchen Sullivan, author.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2020]
xviii, 332 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The journey -- "Humiliation stalks them" -- African Americans and the automobile -- "Through the windshield" -- Driving while black -- Travel guides for everyone -- Victor and Alma Green's The Negro motorist green book -- "Where will you stay tonight?" -- "Vacation without aggravation."
"How the automobile fundamentally changed African American life-the true history beyond the Best Picture-winning movie. The ultimate symbol of independence and possibility, the automobile has shaped this country from the moment the first Model T rolled off Henry Ford's assembly line. Yet cars have always held distinct importance for African Americans, allowing black families to evade the many dangers presented by an entrenched racist society and to enjoy, in some measure, the freedom of the open road. Gretchen Sorin recovers a forgotten history of black motorists, and recounts their creation of a parallel, unseen world of travel guides, black only hotels, and informal communications networks that kept black drivers safe. At the heart of this story is Victor and Alma Green's famous Green Book, begun in 1936, which made possible that most basic American right, the family vacation, and encouraged a new method of resisting oppression. Enlivened by Sorin's personal history, Driving While Black opens an entirely new view onto the African American experience, and shows why travel was so central to the Civil Rights movement"-- Provided by publisher.

A cry for justice : Daniel Rudd and his life in Black Catholicism, journalism, and activism, 1854-1933

February 3, 2020
Agee, Gary Bruce, 1965-
Fayetteville : University of Arkansas Press, 2011.
xv, 236 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Daniel Rudd and the Establishment of the American Catholic Tribune -- A New Civilization Based on the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man -- Archbishop John Ireland's Masterly Plea for Justice -- Justice for African Americans -- Beyond Concerns of Race -- The Colored Catholic Congress Movement, 1889-1894 -- Daniel Rudd's Post-ACT Years in the South.

Fights : one boy's triumph over violence

January 31, 2020
Gill, Joel Christian, author, artist.
Portland, OR : Oni Press, 2020.
246 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 23 cm
"Fights is the memoir of artist/author Joel Christian Gill, chronicling his youth and coming of age as a Black child in a chaotic landscape of rough city streets and foreboding backwoods."--Provided by publisher.

Overground railroad : the Green Book and the roots of Black travel in America

January 27, 2020
Taylor, Candacy A., author.
360 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Introduction: are we there yet? -- Driving while black -- The business of the Green Book -- The fight -- A license to leave -- All aboard -- Vacation -- Music venues -- The roots of Route 66 -- Women and the Green Book -- A change is gonna come -- Integration and the double-edged sword -- Epilogue: America after the Green Book.
The first book to explore the historical role and residual impact of the Green Book, a travel guide for black motorists. Published from 1936 to 1966, the Green Book was hailed as the "black travel guide to America." At that time, it was very dangerous and difficult for African-Americans to travel because black travelers couldn't eat, sleep, or buy gas at most white-owned businesses. The Green Book listed hotels, restaurants, gas stations, and other businesses that were safe for black travelers. It was a resourceful and innovative solution to a horrific problem. It took courage to be listed in the Green Book, and 'Overground Railroad' celebrates the stories of those who put their names in the book and stood up against segregation.

Wilmington's lie : the murderous coup of 1898 and the rise of white supremacy

January 27, 2020
Zucchino, David, author.
xxii, 426 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
"By 1898 Wilmington, North Carolina, was a shining example of a mixed-race community-a bustling port city with a thriving African American middle class and a government made up of Republicans and Populists, including black alderman, police officers, and magistrates. But across the state and the South-white supremacist Democrats were working to reverse the advances made by former slaves and their progeny. They were plotting to take back the state legislature in the November 8th election and then use a controversial editorial published by black newspaper editor Alexander Manly to trigger a "race riot" to overthrow the elected government in Wilmington. With a coordinated campaign of intimidation and violence, the Democrats sharply curtailed the black vote and stuffed ballot boxes to steal the 1898 mid-term election. Two days later, more than 2,000 heavily armed white nightriders known as Red Shirts swarmed through Wilmington, terrorizing women and children and shooting at least sixty black men dead in the streets. The rebels forced city officials and leading black citizens to flee at gun point while hundreds of local African Americans took refuge in nearby swamps and forests. This brutal insurrection is the only violent overthrow of an elected government in U.S. history. It halted gains made by blacks and restored racism as official government policy, cementing white rule for another seventy years. It was not a "race riot" as the events of November 1898 came to be known, but rather a racially-motivated rebellion launched by white supremacists. In Wilmington's Lie, David Zucchino uses contemporary newspaper reports, diaries, letters, and official communications to create a gripping narrative that weaves together individual stories of hate, fear, and brutality. This is a dramatic and definitive account of a remarkable but forgotten chapter of American history"--Provided by publisher.


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