Straightforward, yet often poetic accounts of the battle for freedom, three memoirs by courageous black women vividly chronicle their struggles in the bonds of slavery, their rebellion against degrading injustice, and their determination to attain racial equality. In Narrative of Sojourner Truth<... read more
American Slaves Tell Their Stories: Six Interviews by Octavia V. Rogers Albert Vivid narratives recall life during and after the Civil War, from cruel punishments, divided families, and debilitating labor, to religious beliefs and practices, and the condition and progress of former slaves.
Women's Slave Narratives by Annie L. Burton Authentic recollections of hardship, frustration, and hope — from Mary Prince's groundbreaking account of a lone woman's tribulations and courage, to Annie Burton's eulogy of black motherhood.
Book of African-American Quotations by Joslyn Pine This original collection of quotations cites approximately 100 well-known African Americans from all walks of life, including Maya Angelou, Louis Armstrong, Muhammad Ali, Julian Bond, George Washington Carver, Frederick Douglass, and Ralph Ellison.
Joe Louis: Black Champion in White America by Chris Mead, Chris Mead This "stunning" (Kirkus Reviews)biography of the popular pugilist recounts his triumphant and often tragic tale against the background of America in the 1930s and '40s. Includes 14 photographs.
Voices from the Great Black Baseball Leagues: Revised Edition by John B. Holway, Frank Ceresi The foremost historian of the "blackball" era spent nearly 10 years researching this acclaimed oral history, interviewing 17 outstanding players including Cool Papa Bell, Buck Leonard, and Willie Wells. Over 80 vintage photographs.
The Poems of Phillis Wheatley: With Letters and a Memoir by Phillis Wheatley At the age of 19, Phillis Wheatley was the first black American poet to publish a book. Her elegies and odes offer fascinating glimpses of the beginnings of African-American literary traditions. Includes a selection from the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
A Boy of Old Prague by Sulamith Ish-Kishor, Ben Shahn A young serf discovers kindness and friendship among those he thought were his enemies in this moving tale of life in a 16th-century Jewish ghetto. Suitable for 9- to 12-year-olds.
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs Published in 1861, one of few extant slave narratives written by a woman. Powerful portrayal of the brutality of slave life through the inspiring tale of one woman's dauntless spirit and faith.
Straightforward, yet often poetic accounts of the battle for freedom, three memoirs by courageous black women vividly chronicle their struggles in the bonds of slavery, their rebellion against degrading injustice, and their determination to attain racial equality. In Narrative of Sojourner Truth, one of the most important documents on slavery ever written, a passionate African American abolitionist and champion of women's rights tells of her life as a slave, her self-liberation, and her tireless campaign for racial and sexual equality. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is the 1861 autobiographical account of the brutality of slave life by Harriet Jacobs, who speaks frankly of her master's abuse and her eventual escape, in a tale of dauntless spirit and faith. In The History of Mary Prince, the first black woman to escape from slavery in the British colonies and publish a record of her experiences vividly recalls her life in the West Indies, her rebellion against physical and psychological degradation, and her 1828 escape in England.
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