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Is Bill Cosby Right?: Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?
Is Bill Cosby Right?: Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost Its Mind?
by Michael Eric Dyson
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The best-selling book that sparked a national debate about the class divide in black... (read more)

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Am I Black Enough for You?: Popular Culture from the Hood and Beyond
Am I Black Enough for You?: Popular Culture from the Hood and Beyond
by Todd Boyd
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The most creative moments of African American culture have always emanated from a lower class or "ghetto" perspective. In contemporary society, this ghetto aesthetic has informed a large segment of the popular marketplace from the incendiary nature of... (read more)

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Claims of Kinfolk : African American Property and Community in the Nineteenth-century South (03 Edition)
Claims of Kinfolk : African American Property and Community in the Nineteenth-century South (03 Edition)
by Dylan C. Penningroth
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What did it mean, Penningroth asks, for people who were property to have property? The answers to this deceptively simple question utterly transform our understanding of the meaning of property in the South, the history of family and community in... (read more)

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Inside the Nation of Islam (01 Edition)
Inside the Nation of Islam (01 Edition)
by Vibert L. White
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From the foreword: "Far and away the most personal and the most engrossing story I’ve read about Louis Farrakhan; and if the professor doesn’t solve the riddle of just who is Louis Farrakhan (and perhaps the Minister himself doesn’... (read more)

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Black Macho and Myth of the Superwoman ((Rev)99 Edition)
Black Macho and Myth of the Superwoman ((Rev)99 Edition)
by Michelle Wallace
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Originally published in 1978, this book caused a storm of controversy as Michele Wallace blasted the masculinist bias of the black politics that emerged from the sixties. She described how women remained marginalized by the patriarchal culture of Black... (read more)

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Authentic Blackness : the Folk in the New Negro Renaissance (99 Edition)
Authentic Blackness : the Folk in the New Negro Renaissance (99 Edition)
by J. Martin Favor
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What constitutes “blackness” in American culture? And who gets to define whether or not someone is truly African American? Is a struggling hip-hop artist more “authentic” than a conservative Supreme Court justice? In Authentic... (read more)

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Black Political Organizations in the Post-Civil Rights Era (02 Edition)
Black Political Organizations in the Post-Civil Rights Era (02 Edition)
by Ollie A. Johnson
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We know a great deal about civil rights organizations during the 1960s, but relatively little about black political organizations since that decade. Questions of focus, accountability, structure, and relevance have surrounded these groups since the... (read more)

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New York Burning: Liberty, Slavery, and Conspiracy in Eighteenth-Century Manhattan
New York Burning: Liberty, Slavery, and Conspiracy in Eighteenth-Century Manhattan
by Jill Lepore
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“A fascinating social and political history.” -The New York Times Book Review“Vivid and provocative; [Lepore] evokes eighteenth-century New York in all its moral and physical messiness.” -The New Yorker “A vivid and... (read more)

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The Covenant with Black America
The Covenant with Black America
by Tavis Smiley
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Addressing these pressing concerns are contributors Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. surgeon general; Wade Henderson, executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights; Angela Glover Blackwell, founder of the research think tank PolicyLink... (read more)

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Runaway America: Benjamin Franklin, Slavery, and the American Revolution
Runaway America: Benjamin Franklin, Slavery, and the American Revolution
by David Waldstreicher
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Scientist, abolitionist, revolutionary: that is the Benjamin Franklin we know and celebrate. To this description, the talented young historian David Waldstreicher shows we must add runaway, slave master, and empire builder. But Runaway America does much... (read more)

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Atlantic Slave Trade (3RD 11 Edition)
Atlantic Slave Trade (3RD 11 Edition)
by David Northrup
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A volume in the Problems in World History series, this book features a variety of secondary-source essays that are carefully edited for both content and length, making this single volume a convenient alternative to course packets or multiple monographs... (read more)

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My Soul Is a Witness : African-american Women's Spirituality (95 Edition)
My Soul Is a Witness : African-american Women's Spirituality (95 Edition)
by Gloria Wade-gayles
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Gloria Wade-Gayles holds the Eminent Scholar's Chair at Spelman College and is a CASE master teacher for the state of Georgia. She is author of Rooted against the Wind: Personal Essays and No Crystal Stair: Visions of Race and Gender in Black Women's... (read more)

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Brief History of Slavery (11 Edition)
Brief History of Slavery (11 Edition)
by Jeremy Black
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Slavery is as old as the world itself and expert and professor Jeremy Black will show that its history is one that is central to our understanding of the modern world. This essential guide is a new global history of slavery from ancient times to the... (read more)

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The Diligent: A Voyage Through the Worlds of the Slave Trade
The Diligent: A Voyage Through the Worlds of the Slave Trade
by Robert Harms
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The Diligent began her journey in Brittany in 1731, and Harms follows her along the African coast where her goods were traded for slaves, to Martinique where her captives were sold to work on sugar plantations. Harms brings to life a world in which... (read more)

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Race and Affluence : an Archaeology of African America and Consumer Culture (99 Edition)
Race and Affluence : an Archaeology of African America and Consumer Culture (99 Edition)
by Paul R. Mullins
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`The book is a good example of the fruits an interdisciplinary approach can bear, for the author mixes very skillfully documents, oral testimony, photographs, and material evidence. Mullins is also keen to draw on anthropology, sociology, semiotics... (read more)

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Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities (14 Edition)
Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities (14 Edition)
by Craig Steven Wilder
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A 2006 report commissioned by Brown University revealed that institution's complex and contested involvement in slavery—setting off a controversy that leapt from the ivory tower to make headlines across the country. But Brown's troubling past... (read more)

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On the Real Side : a History of African American Comedy (99 Edition)
On the Real Side : a History of African American Comedy (99 Edition)
by Mel Watkins
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“A penetrating and immensely enjoyable history. . . . For many readers, this book will transform their conception of the character, and the source, of much American popular culture.”  —The New... (read more)

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Unbank the Fire : Visions for the Education of African American Children (94 Edition)
Unbank the Fire : Visions for the Education of African American Children (94 Edition)
by Janice E. Hale
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Hale (early childhood education, Wayne State U.) further develops the theses of her earlier book, Black Children, and argues that African American culture should be considered in designing educational practice for African American children. She... (read more)

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Bound for the Promised Land : African American Religion and the Great Migration (97 Edition)
Bound for the Promised Land : African American Religion and the Great Migration (97 Edition)
by Milton C. Sernett
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Discusses the migration of African-Americans from the south to the north after WWI through the 1940s and the effect this had on African-American churches and religions.... (read more)

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Slavery and Public History : the Tough Stuff of American Memory (06 Edition)
Slavery and Public History : the Tough Stuff of American Memory (06 Edition)
by James Oliver Horton
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James Oliver Horton is the Benjamin Banneker Professor of American Studies and History at George Washington University and Lois E. Horton is Professor of History at George Mason University. They are the authors of such classic studies as Slavery and the... (read more)

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