Category: African American


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BLACK COAL MINERS IN AMERICA: Race, Class, and Community Conflict, 1780-1980

By: Lewis, Ronald L.

Price: $29.95

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky, 1987

Reviews“A virtual cornucopia of riches. . . . A model of comparative history.”—Journal of Southern History “Challenging, well-written. . . . Provides much valuable evidence on the black experience in a major industry.”—Journal of Economic History View more info

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Masterpieces of Negro Eloquence: 1818-1913

By: Alice Moore Dunbar, editor

Price: $12.95

Publisher: Dover Publications,

This collection of speeches by prominent African-American leaders focuses on issues defining the black experience in the 19th and early 20th centuries. 51 selections focus on slavery, emigration to Africa, abolition, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and Jim Crow segregation. Speeches include Booker T. Washington's "Atlanta Compromise" address, W. E. B. Du Bois' discourse on training of Negroes for social reform, Frederick Douglass' "What to the Slave Is the Fou... View more info

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A Chesapeake Family and their Slaves: A Study in Historical Archaeology

By: Anne Elizabeth Yentsch

Price: $43.95

Publisher: Cambridge University Press, June 1994

Analyzing the material remains left by Maryland's colonists in the eighteenth century in conjunction with historical records and works of art, archaeologists have reconstructed the daily life of the aristocratic British Calvert family, whose head was governor of Maryland. In this large household people from different cultures interacted, and English and West African lifestyles merged. Using this fascinating case study, Anne Yentsch illustrates the way in which historical... View more info

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Women's Slave Narratives

By: Annie L. Burton

Price: $6.95

Publisher: Dover Publications,

Remarkable stories of courage and perseverance For students of literature, history, and Afro-American studies Voices from Slavery is one of Dover's top sellers A compelling, authentic picture of women in slavery This compilation assembles the moving testimony of five black women's tribulations in captivity. Covering a wide range of narrative styles, and the prevalent themes of the time, the voices comprising this collection are authentic evocations of ha... View more info

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Twenty-two Years a Slave and Forty Years a Freeman

By: Austin Steward

Price: $9.95

Publisher: Dover Publications,

Born a slave in Virginia in 1793, Austin Steward was transported--a few years later--to upper New York State by his master and then freed in 1813. Steward's revealing autobiography describes what America was like for a former slave who lived most of his life as a freeman in the North: help from abolitionist groups, years as a successful merchant in the Rochester area, his aid to fugitive slaves, and his support of a small ex-slave community in Canada. A study of one man'... View more info

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Social History of the American Negro

By: Benjamin Brawley

Price: $14.95

Publisher: Dover Publications,

Definitive, scrupulously documented work by a distinguished black historian traces the history of African-Americans from the years of pre-colonial exploration through the turbulent period of slavery, rebellion, "emancipation," and the halting social progress of the early 20th century. View more info

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Refugees from Slavery: Autobiographies of Fugitive Slaves in Canada

By: Benjamin Drew, editor

Price: $11.95

Publisher: Dover Publications,

A book with enormous influence on twentieth-century historians A significant work in the abolitionist crusade Essential for students of American history and African-American studies In the mid-1850s, Boston abolitionist Benjamin Drew visited various Canadian towns, interviewing scores of refugees from Southern slave states and taking notes of what they had to say. For reasons of safety, he protected the identity of his informants and used fictitious names.... View more info

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So, Ye Want To Be A Reenactor? A Living History Handbook

By: Brenton C. Kemmer and Karen L. Kemmer

Price: $17.00

Publisher: Heritage Books,

Whether you are wondering how to get started in reenacting, or a veteran of many encampments, this book has something for you! Learn how to select the time period that’s right for you, join a reenactment unit, get the clothing and equipment needed, and select the best events. The appendices contain lists of useful web sites, living history organizations, suggested reading, sample event schedules, a worksheet to help develop your own historical persona, and helpful form... View more info

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Adventures of an African Slaver

By: Captain Theodore Canot

Price: $14.95

Publisher: Dover Publications,

Brimming with information on every aspect of the slave trade in the nineteenth century, this detailed account by a former captain of a slave ship accurately portrays the appalling machinery of commercial slavery. One of the few real, unexaggerated accounts of the slave trade by a participant, this volume contains the complete text of the author's original memoirs, gathered in 1954 from his journals, memoranda, and conversations. A slave trader for three decades, Captain ... View more info

Freedom at Risk: The Kidnapping of Free Blacks in America, 1780-1865

By: Carol Wilson

Price: $11.96

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky, c1994

Reviews“Makes a significant contribution not only to the history of slavery but also to the history of free Black Americans before the Civil War. Many historians of slavery had already touched on the author's topic of kidnapping and enslaving free Black Americans, but none had made a serious study of that subject.”—Journal of American History“Raises important questions."—Slavery and Abolition View more info

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The Mis-Education of the Negro

By: Carter Woodson

Price: $7.95

Publisher: Dover Publications,

A perennial best-seller by the "Father of Black History" Essential for educators, students of the African-American experience Landmark work by a pioneering crusader of black education In 1933, Carter Woodson (1875-1950) delivered a powerful and prophetic denouncement of "Euro-centric" school curricula that still rings true. Woodson inspired black Americans to demand relevant learning opportunities that were inclusive of their own culture... View more info

In Old Virginia: Slavery, Farming, and Society in the Journal of John Walker

By: Claudia L. Bushman

Price: $46.00

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001

In 1824, John Walker purchased a 500-acre farm in King and Queen County, Virginia, and began working it with a dozen slaves. The son of a local politician and planter who grew tobacco, Walker lost status when he became a devout Methodist, raised wheat, and treated his slaves like brothers and sisters. He also kept a detailed and fascinating journal.Drawing on this forty-three-year chronicle, Claudia L. Bushman provides a richly illuminating study, a microhistory that... View more info

CD: Indiana African Heritage

By: Coy D. Robbins

Price: $19.00

Publisher: Heritage Books,

Contains the following three volumes:“Forgotten Hoosiers: African Heritage in Orange County, Indiana” (1994)--This well-researched book presents the story of pioneers of color, primarily from North Carolina and Virginia, who bought land in Orange County. Fifteen chapters cover the founding the Lick Creek Settlement, plus abstracts of land, marriages, wills, estates, indentures and apprenticeships, and certificates of freedom records (1823-1851). This volume also prov... View more info

Reclaiming African Heritage at Salem, Indiana

By: Coy D. Robbins

Price: $47.00

Publisher: Heritage Books,

Preserving a little-known slice of Hoosier and Midwestern history of the early nineteenth century, this well-researched book chronicles the development of racially segregated communities as increasing constraints were placed on minorities in Washington County, Indiana, where Salem is the seat of government. It is an excellent study of free African Americans from Kentucky, North Carolina, and Virginia who settled in this region. The author presents abundant genealogical, ... View more info

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African Americans in Minnesota

By: David Vassar Taylor; foreword by Bill Holm.

Price: $13.95

Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press, c2002

While making up a smaller percentage of Minnesota's population compared to national averages, African Americans have had a profound influence on the history and culture of the state from its earliest days to the present. In African Americans in Minnesota, author David Vassar Taylor chronicles the rich history of Blacks in the state through careful analysis of census and housing records, newspaper records, and first-person accounts. He recounts their triumphs and struggle... View more info