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W.E.B. Du Bois: Biography of a Race 1819-1919

Part I and Part II

by David Levering Lewis

While telling the story of the long career of an American leader of the newly born civil rights movement, this biography is indeed a biography of a race.

Part I is the winner of the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Biography and the Bancroft Award. Part II won the 2002 Prize for Biography


Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama, The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution
by Diane McWhorter

the story of civil rights in Birmingham, Alabama in the climactic struggle at gound zero
Winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize

Africana: Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience
edited by Kwame Anthony Appiah and Henry Louis Gates. Buy
Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-1963
by Taylor Branch

Award winning account of the civil rights movement. Buy

Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years 1963-1965
by Taylor Branch

The second part of Branch's account of the civil rights movement. Buy

Autobiography of a People: Three Centuries of African American History Told By Those Who Lived It edited
by Herb Boyd

First person narratives organized both chronologically and thematically. Buy


Remembering Slavery: African Americans Talk About Their Personal Experiences of Slavery and Freedom
by Ira Berlin

This beautiful book comes with an audio tape containing interviews with former slaves. Buy

Slave Narratives
by Gates Jr. and William Andrews 

10 of the most important of the slave narratives - the story of slavery by the slaves themselves. Buy


Africans in America, America's Journey Through Slavery
by Charles Johnson

An excellent account of slavery in America which is history mixed with fictional but authentic stories. Buy


Lest We Forget:The Passage From Slavery to Emancipation
by Velma Maia Thomas

Based on the Black Holocaust Exhibit, Lest We Forget.


A President in the Family: Thomas Jefferson, Sally Hemmings, and Thomas Woodson
by Byron Woodson

Another side of American history. The story of the Woodson family, those descended from the first son of the slave Sally Hemmings and Thomas Jefferson and their 200 year battle for recognition. Buy


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