New Arrivals · African-American Nonfiction

September 10, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Incredible African-American jazz musicians

September 9, 2019
Feinstein, Stephen.
Berkeley Heights, NJ : Enslow Publishers, ©2013.
112 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm.
Louis Armstrong -- Duke Ellington -- Ella Fitzgerald -- Dizzy Gillespie -- Charlie Parker -- Miles Davis -- John Coltrane -- Herbie Hancock.
Profiles eight of the greatest jazz artists. Learn how these musicians got started and what gifts they brought to the world of music.

Sweet taste of liberty : a true story of slavery and restitution in America

September 6, 2019
McDaniel, W. Caleb (William Caleb), 1979- author.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2019]
viii, 340 pages, 12 unnunbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
The crossing -- Touseytown -- Down river -- Ward's return -- Cincinnati -- The plan -- The flight -- Raising a muss -- Wood versus Ward -- The keeper -- Natchez -- Brandon Hall -- Versailles -- Revolution -- The march -- Arthur -- Robertson County -- Dawn and doom -- Nashville -- A rather interesting case -- Story of a slave -- The verdict.
"In Sweet Taste of Liberty, W. Caleb McDaniel focuses on the experience of a freed slave who was sold back into slavery, eventually freed again, and who then sued the man who had sold her back into bondage. Henrietta Wood was born into slavery, but in 1848, she was taken to Cincinnati and legally freed. In 1855, however, a wealthy Kentucky businessman named Zebulon Ward, who colluded with Wood's employer, abducted Wood and sold her back into bondage. In the years that followed before and during the Civil War, she gave birth to a son and was forced to march to Texas. She obtained her freedom a second time after the war and returned to Cincinnati, where she sued Ward for $20,000 in damages--now known as reparations. Astonishingly, after ten years of litigation, Henrietta Wood won her case. In 1878, a Federal jury awarded her $2,500 and the decision stuck on appeal. While nowhere close to the amount she had demanded, this may be the largest amount of money ever awarded by an American court in restitution for slavery. Wood went on to live until 1912"-- Provided by publisher.

Learning from the Germans : race and the memory of evil

September 5, 2019
Neiman, Susan, author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019.
415 pages ; 24 cm
German lessons -- On the use and abuse of historical comparison -- Sins of the fathers -- Cold War memory -- Southern discomfort -- Everybody knows about Mississippi -- Lost causes -- Faces of Emmett Till -- Setting things straight -- Monumental recognition -- Rights and reparations -- In place of conclusions.
"As an increasingly polarized America fights over the legacy of racism, Susan Neiman, author of the contemporary philosophical classic Evil in Modern Thought, asks what we can learn from the Germans about confronting the evils of the past."--Provided by publisher.

Hurricanes : a memoir

September 5, 2019
Ross, Rick, 1976- author.
Toronto, Ontario : Hanover Square Press, [2019]
286 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
"Rick Ross is an indomitable presence in the music industry, but few people know his full story. Now, for the first time, Ross offers a vivid, dramatic and unexpectedly candid account of his early childhood, his tumultuous adolescence and his dramatic ascendancy in the world of hip-hop. Born William Leonard Roberts II, Ross grew up 'across the bridge,' in a Miami at odds with the glitzy beaches, nightclubs and yachts of South Beach. In the aftermath of the 1980 race riots and the Mariel boatlift, Ross came of age at the height of the city's crack epidemic, when home invasions and execution-style killings were commonplace. Still, in the midst of the chaos and danger that surrounded him, Ross flourished, first as a standout high school football player and then as a dope boy in Carol City's notorious Matchbox housing projects. All the while he honed his musical talent, overcoming setback after setback until a song called 'Hustlin' changed his life forever."--Dust jacket.

Searching for black Confederates : the Civil War's most persistent myth

August 28, 2019
Levin, Kevin M., 1969- author.
Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2019]
228 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
The camp slaves' war -- Camp slaves on the battlefield -- Camp slaves and the lost cause -- Camp slaves and pensions -- Turning camp slaves into black Confederate soldiers -- Black Confederates on the front lines of the Civil War sesquicentennial.
"In addition to tracking the evolution of the black Confederate myth, Levin explores the roles that African Americans performed in the army with a particular focus on the relationship between officers and their personal body servants or camp slaves. In contrast to claims that these men served as soldiers in racially integrated regiments, Levin demonstrates that regardless of the dangers faced in camp, on the march and on the battlefield their legal status remained unchanged. Even long after the guns fell silent Confederate veterans and other writers remembered these men as former slaves and not as soldiers. Levin offers an important reminder that how the war is remembered often runs counter to history"-- Provided by publisher.

The memo : what women of color need to know to secure a seat at the table

August 21, 2019
Harts, Minda, author.
xvi, 221 pages ; 22 cm
Includes index.
The ugly truth -- Building your squad -- The politics -- Everyone can't be a golden girl -- No money, mo' problems -- Invest in yo' self -- Empire state of mind -- No more passes: for my white readers -- Say my name, say my name -- Let's werk.
"Lean In for women of color: A no-BS look at the odds stacked against women of color in professional settings, from the wage gap to biases and micro-aggressions, with actionable takeaways"-- Publisher's website.

Sing a rhythm, dance a blues : education for the liberation of Black and Brown girls

August 21, 2019
Morris, Monique W., 1972- author.
New York : The New Press, 2019.
206 pages ; 23 cm
Prelude -- Introduction -- Interlude: "You have to be compassionate" -- Track 1: Fit to wear a crown -- Interlude: "They are survivors" -- Track 2: God bless the child that's got her own -- Interlude: "I want a badass girl" -- Track 3: Cell bound blues -- Interlude: "Are we actually trying to be here for young people?" -- Track 4: Nobody knows my name -- Interlude: "Dance is my spirit language" -- Track 5: Shake hands with the Devil, make him crawl in the sand -- Interlude: "Listen to them" -- Track 6: "Today I'm with you ... ain't that some love" -- Coda.
"Sing a Rhythm, Dance a Blues reimagines what education might look like if schools placed the thriving of Black and Brown girls at their center. Morris brings together research and real life in this chorus of interviews, case studies, and the testimonies of remarkable people who work successfully with girls of color. The result is this radiant manifesto -- a guide to moving away from punishment, trauma, and discrimination and toward safety, justice, and genuine community in our schools." -- Back cover.

Equals greatness

August 21, 2019
Phillips, MoPoetry, author.
[Cincinnati, Ohio?] : [MoPoetry Phillips], [2019]
189 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Date and publisher information from amazon website.

Renee the invisible child : "letting go & allowing God"

August 21, 2019
White, Anita (Christian writer)
[United States] : [Anita White], [2019?]
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 cm
pt. 1. The makings of a peasant. -- pt. 2. The formation of a maiden. -- pt. 3. Transformation into a princess. -- pt. 4. I was born to be a queen.

Fearing the black body : the racial origins of fat phobia

August 19, 2019
Strings, Sabrina, author.
New York : New York University Press, [2019]
vii, 283 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Introduction : the original epidemic -- Being Venus -- Plump women and thin, fine men -- The rise of the big black woman -- Birth of the ascetic aesthetic -- American beauty : the reign of the slender aesthetic -- Thinness as American exceptionalism -- Good health to uplift the race -- Fat, revisited -- Epilogue : the obesity epidemic.
"There is an obesity epidemic in this country and poor black women are particularly stigmatized as "diseased" and a burden on the public health care system. This is only the most recent incarnation of the fear of fat black women, which Sabrina Strings shows took root more than two hundred years ago. Strings weaves together an eye-opening historical narrative ranging from the Renaissance to the current moment, analyzing important works of art, newspaper and magazine articles, and scientific literature and medical journals--where fat bodies were once praised--showing that fat phobia, as it relates to black women, did not originate with medical findings, but with the Enlightenment era belief that fatness was evidence of "savagery" and racial inferiority. The author argues that the contemporary ideal of slenderness is, at its very core, racialized and racist. Indeed, it was not until the early twentieth century, when racialized attitudes against fatness were already entrenched in the culture, that the medical establishment began its crusade against obesity. An important and original work, Fearing the Black Body argues convincingly that fat phobia isn't about health at all, but rather a means of using the body to validate race, class, and gender prejudice."

The Freedmen's Bureau in Virginia : names of destitute freedmen dependent upon the government in the military districts of Virginia

August 15, 2019
Kambourian, Elizabeth Cann.
Bowie, Md. : Heritage Books, 2009
xvi, 205 pages : maps ; 22 cm
Includes indexes.
Includes lists of Freedmen previously residing in Virginia (including present day West Virginia), North Carolina, and Maryland who received food and medical aid from the Freedmen's Bureau in Virginia.

The yellow house

August 14, 2019
Broom, Sarah M., author.
376 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Sarah M. Broom's [memoir] The Yellow House tells a hundred years of her family and their relationship to home in a neglected area of one of America's most mythologized cities. This is the story of a mother's struggle against a house's entropy, and that of a prodigal daughter who left home only to reckon with the pull that home exerts, even after the Yellow House was wiped off the map after Hurricane Katrina."-- Provided by publisher.

Sycorax's daughters

August 14, 2019
xix, 536 pages ; 23 cm
Foreword / by Walidah Imarisha -- Introduction / by Kinitra D. Brooks -- Tree of the forest seven bells turns the world round midnight / by Sheree Renée Thomas -- The lonely, salty sea / by A.J. Locke -- Scales / by Cherene Sherrard -- Letty / by Regina N. Bradley -- A real friend will let you break / by A.J. Locke -- Ma laja / by Tracey Baptiste -- Red scorpion / by Deborah Elizabeth Whaley -- Born again / by RaShell R. Smith-Spears -- Thirsty for love / by Vocab -- How to speak to the bogeyman / by Carole McDonnell -- Sweet Jesus in the corner / by Tenea D. Johnson -- The monster / by Crystal Connor -- Last of the red hot lovers / by Amber Doe -- Taste the taint : a cursed story / by Kai Leakes -- Whispers & lies / by Deborah Elizabeth Whaley -- Cheaters / by Tish Jackson -- Kim / by Nicole D. Sconiers -- More's the pity / by Tenea D. Johnson -- Summer skin / by Zin E. Rocklyn -- A blues* / by Tiffany Austin -- Taking the good / by Dana Mcknight -- Polydactyl / by Tanesha Nicole Tyler -- Mona Livelong : paranormal detective II / by Valjeanne Jeffers -- The malady of need / by Kiini Ibura Salaam -- The ever after / by L. Marie Wood -- Perfect connection / by Deana Zhollis -- Foundling / by Tenea D. Johnson -- Rise / by Nicole Givens Kurtz -- Of sound mind and body / by K. Ceres Wright -- Asunder / by Lori Titus -- Terror and the dark / by Carole McDonnell -- The tale of Eve of De-Nile / by Joy Copeland -- Sweetgrass blood / by Eden Royce -- The armoire / by Patricia E. Canterbury -- A little not music / by LH Moore -- Dyer died in silence / by Vocab -- The Mankana-kill / by L. Penelope -- Toward a peacock poem / by Tiffany Austin -- Mama / by A.D. Koboah -- To give her whatsoever she would ask / by R.L. Joseph -- The empty house / A.J. Locke -- Afterword: Sycorax's daughters unveiled -- Afterword: Sycorax speaks.
Thought-provoking, powerful, and revealing, this anthology is composed of 28 dark stories and 14 poems written by African-American women writers. The tales of what scares, threatens, and shocks them will enlighten and entertain readers. The works delve into demons and shape-shifters from "How to Speak to the Bogeyman" and "Tree of the Forest Seven Bells Turns the World Round Midnight" to far future offerings such as "The Malady of Need". These pieces cover vampires, ghosts, and mermaids, as well as the unexpected price paid by women struggling for freedom and validation in the past. Contributors include: Tiffany Austin, Tracey Baptiste, Regina N. Bradley, Patricia E. Canterbury, Crystal Connor, Joy M. Copeland, Amber Doe, Tish Jackson, Valjeanne Jeffers, Tenea D. Johnson, R. J. Joseph, A. D. Koboah Nicole Givens Kurtz, Kai Leakes, A. J. Locke, Carole McDonnell, Dana T. McKnight , LH Moore, L. Penelope, Zin E. Rocklyn , Eden Royce, Kiini Ibura Salaam, Andrea Vocab Sanderson, Nicole D. Sconiers, Cherene Sherrard, RaShell R. Smith-Spears, Sheree Renée Thomas, Lori Titus, Tanesha Nicole Tyler, Deborah Elizabeth Whaley, L. Marie Wood, K. Ceres Wright, and Deana Zhollis.

Freedmen of the frontier

August 13, 2019
Walton-Raji, Angela Y., author.
Palmyra, VA : Shortwood Press, 2019.
<1> volumes : illustrations, black-and-white photographs ; 28 cm
Vol. 1. Selected Cherokee, Choctaw, & Chickasaw freedmen families -- vol. 2. Selected Seminole & Creek freedmen families.

My other heart : African American history in Kentucky

August 13, 2019
Spencer, Jo.
[Columbia, South Carolina] : The author, [2016]
273 pages ; 21 cm

When I was White : a memoir

August 7, 2019
Valentine, Sarah, 1977- author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019.
292 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
"The stunning and provocative coming-of-age memoir about Sarah Valentine's childhood as a white girl in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, and her discovery that her father was a black man. At the age of 27, Sarah Valentine discovered that she was not, in fact, the white girl she had always believed herself to be. She learned the truth of her paternity: that her father was a black man. And she learned the truth about her own identity: mixed race. And so Sarah began the difficult and absorbing journey of changing her identity from white to black. In this memoir, Sarah details the story of the discovery of her identity, how she overcame depression to come to terms with this identity, and, perhaps most importantly, asks: why? Her entire family and community had conspired to maintain her white identity. The supreme discomfort her white family and community felt about addressing issues of race--her race--is a microcosm of race relationships in America. A black woman who lived her formative years identifying as white, Sarah's story is a kind of Rachel Dolezal in reverse, though her 'passing' was less intentional than conspiracy. This memoir is an examination of the cost of being black in America, and how one woman threw off the racial identity she'd grown up with, in order to embrace a new one"-- Provided by publisher.

Troublemaker for justice : the story of Bayard Rustin, the man behind the march on Washington

August 7, 2019
Houtman, Jacqueline, author.
San Francisco, CA : City Lights Books, [2019]
xi, 160 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm
Out of the shadows -- One big family -- Steal away -- A determination to be the best -- We were rebellious -- The power of nonviolence -- Nonviolent direct action -- War is wrong -- "You don't have to ride jim crow" -- Jim crow army -- Chains -- A reputation in the field -- Bayard's Problem -- The Montgomery Improvement Association -- From the courts to community action -- Outcast -- Mr. March-on-Washington -- "I have a dream" -- Negroes are lying dead in the street -- We will try our best to carry on -- Fighting for all -- Let freedom ring.

Soaring to glory : a Tuskegee airman's firsthand account of World War II

August 6, 2019
Handleman, Philip, author.
xv, 272 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Dogfight -- "The Guts to Fly This Thing" -- The Sky Beckons -- Aiming High -- Saving the Experiment -- Trains before Planes -- The Quest for Silver Wings -- "Your Friends of the 332nd Fighter Group" -- "A Sight to Behold!" -- Showdown at Five Thousand Feet -- At the Mercy of the Winds of Fate -- The Best of the Best -- Harry Truman Keeps His Promise -- A Dream Deferred -- An Everlasting Beacon -- A Grateful Nation -- Keeping the Dream Alive -- Affirming the Legacy.
"He had to sit in a segregated rail car on the journey to Army basic training in Mississippi in 1943. But two years later, the twenty-year-old African American from New York was at the controls of a P-51, prowling for Luftwaffe aircraft at five thousand feet over the Austrian countryside. By the end of World War II, he had done something that nobody could take away from him: He had become an American hero. This is the remarkable true story of Lt. Col. Harry Stewart Jr., one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen of World War II. Award-winning aviation writer Philip Handleman recreates the harrowing action and heart-pounding drama of Stewart's combat missions, including the legendary mission in which Stewart downed three enemy fighters. Soaring to Glory also reveals the cruel injustices Stewart and his fellow Tuskegee Airmen faced during their wartime service and upon return home after the war. Stewart's heroism was not celebrated as it should have been in postwar America -- but now, his boundless courage and determination will never be forgotten." -- From publisher's description.

Black confederates in the U.S. Civil War : a compiled list of African-Americans who served the confederacy

August 2, 2019
Rodriguez, Ricardo J.
[Place of publication not identified] : [CreateSpace], ©2010.
231 pages ; 26 cm
During the Civil War, free men of color and slaves volunteered to fight for the Confederacy, although in the beginning they were not officially allowed to fight. Some slaves had no choice and were volunteered by their masters. Some men served as soldiers, cooks, teamsters, foragers, and laborers. This book contains over 7,000 names of Blacks who served the Confederacy.--From back cover.

The slave years, 1765-1767 : Names and surprising details

August 2, 2019
Patterson, Alex K, author
xviii, 318 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes indexes.
African ancestors in our early America can take a lot of digging to find. Grab your shovel and search what was found for the early time frame of 1760 thru 1764 in this book. America was still known as Provinces and early, historic pioneer Colonies under the ownership, rules and laws belonging to England. The population of the land is slowly increasing and soon the Boston Tea Party will be happening. After hundreds of hours of searching, this book consists of slave names, owners and more, MOST with exciting detail.

Inscriptions in triumph : tombstone inscriptions from the African American Cemeteries of Mt. Calvary, Mt. Olive, Fisher's Hill and Potter's Field, Portsmouth, Virginia

August 2, 2019
Breckenridge-Haywood, Mae.
[Bloomington, IN] : 1st Books, ©2002.
xx, 168 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 28 cm
Includes alphabetical listing of people buried in Mt. Calvary, Mt. Olive, Fisher's Hill, and Potter's Field.
"This book is endorsed and sponsored by the (AAHSP), the African American Historical Society of Portsmouth. This book is funded in part by the City of Portsmouth through the Portsmouth Museum and Fine Arts Commission."

Slavery 1841-1845 : authentic visuals showing names and details

August 2, 2019
Kalten, D.
iv, 321 pages : photographs of original documents ; 23 cm
Introduction--1841--1842--1843--1844--1845--A note from the author.
This is great for genealogy research in the days of American slavery in the south. The contents contain actual visuals from 1841 through 1845 showing slave names and often the owners at the date shown. Not only will you find names, but often you will find descriptions of a slave stating many things such as the height, age, scars, teeth condition, physical problems and abnormalities, specific skin color and other remarks such as the names of a spouse and children plus other details. You will be holding true history as it was written. Reading through these pages is an education.

The pretty one : on life, pop culture, disability, and other reasons to fall in love with me

July 30, 2019
Brown, Keah, author.
New York : Atria Paperback, 2019.
242 pages ; 22 cm
Introduction -- Can we sit for a sec? -- Love you mean it -- Is this thing on? -- Pop culture ruined my life -- You can't cure me, I promise it's fine -- Freedom of a ponytail -- The pretty one -- An ode to the boys -- The human iPod -- To see and be seen -- Cry, baby, cry -- I like me now, too.
"From the disability rights advocate and creator of the #DisabledAndCute viral campaign, a thoughtful, inspiring, and charming collection of essays exploring what it means to be black and disabled in a mostly able-bodied white America. Keah Brown loves herself, but that hadn't always been the case. Born with cerebral palsy, her greatest desire used to be normalcy and refuge from the steady stream of self-hate society strengthened inside her. But after years of introspection and reaching out to others in her community, she has reclaimed herself and changed her perspective. In The Pretty One, Brown gives a contemporary and relatable voice to the disabled -- so often portrayed as mute, weak, or isolated. With clear, fresh, and light-hearted prose, these essays explore everything from her relationship with her able-bodied identical twin (called 'the pretty one' by friends) to navigating romance; her deep affinity for all things pop culture--and her disappointment with the media's distorted view of disability; and her declaration of self-love with the viral hashtag #DisabledAndCute. By 'smashing stigmas, empowering her community, and celebrating herself' (Teen Vogue), Brown and The Pretty One aims to expand the conversation about disability and inspire self-love for people of all backgrounds"-- Provided by publisher.

A literate south : reading before emancipation

July 30, 2019
Schweiger, Beth Barton, author.
New Haven : Yale University Press, [2019]
xxiii, 258 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Cover image and illustrations on pages 5 and 6 are photographs of the Caleb Taylor book Spiritual songs (Lexington, KY : Joseph Charles, 1804) which is held in the Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Room.
Copy located in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Room has original black paper binding with silver lettering on spine wrapped in original black and white pictorial paper dust jacket.
A pervasive assumption about the culture of the southern United States is that it is firmly rooted in an oral tradition, not a written one. Schweiger complicates our understanding of literacy and reading in the American South before emancipation by shedding light on literature's importance in helping the South preserve tradition, develop southern vernacular, and form a cultural identity. Schweiger explains how the "universal truth" of literacy's incompatibility with slavery hid readers in this region from their society and beyond, and obscured a rich literate tradition.

Black. Queer. Southern. Women. : an oral history

July 25, 2019
Johnson, E. Patrick, 1967- author.
xii, 575 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction -- Part I. G.R.I.T.S. : stories of growing up black, female, and queer. It's thick here : race, gender, and sexuality in the South -- Does your mama know? : motherhood and mother-daughter relationships -- Walk like a man, talk like a woman : gender nonconformity -- I found God in myself and I loved her fiercely : religion and spirituality -- A taste of honey : sex among women who love women -- I'm sweet on you : stories of love, courtship, and intimacy -- The work my soul was called to do : art and activism -- Part II. My soul looks back and wonders : stories of perseverance and hope. Salsa soul sister : Aida Rentas -- Being human is a dangerous thing : Cherry Hussain -- I'm happy as hell : Gwen Cubit -- I'm just a black woman in America : Lori Wilson -- I'm alright with who I am : 'Ida Mae' -- Books saved my life : Mary Anne Adams -- Epilogue : a poet's response.


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