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Black Is... 2000: History
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AMERICAN BEACH: A Saga Of Race, Wealth, and Memory by Russ Rymer. MaVynee Betsch was a debutante and an opera diva born into aristocracy. Then she gave away her inheritance and now lives as a pauper near her ancestral home. Why? F319 .R96 1998x

AND THE WALLS CAME TUMBLING DOWN: Kentucky, Texas Western and the Game that Changed American Sports by Frank Fitzpatrick. March 19, 1966: Five African-Americans started for one team in the NCAA finals. They won. GV885.43.U53 F58 1999

BELOVED SISTERS AND LOVING FRIENDS: Letters from Rebecca Primus of Royal Oak, Maryland, and Addie Brown of Hartford, Connecticut, 1854-1868 by Farah Jasmine Griffin, ed. The friendship and courtship between two women from different backgrounds before and during the Civil War. F189.R69 P75 1999

BRUSHING BACK JIM CROW: The Integration of Minor League Baseball in the American South by Bruce Adelson. It was not until twenty years after Jackie Robinson entered the majors that the minor leagues were fully integrated. GV875.A1 A34 1999

A CHANGE IS GONNA COME: Music, Race & the Soul of America by Craig Werner. ML3479 .W47 1998

THE CIVITAS ANTHOLOGY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN SLAVE NARRATIVES by William L. Andrews and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., eds. Seven classic anti-slavery narratives of the antebellum period. E444 .C44 1999

*DENMARK VESEY: The Buried History of America’s Largest Slave Rebellion and the Man Who Led It by David Robertson. F279.C49 N473 1999

THE FIRST BLACK ACTORS ON THE GREAT WHITE WAY by Susan Curtis. The first all-black Broadway production opened to critical acclaim in 1917 and closed within a month, why? PN2270.A35 C87 1998

FORBIDDEN FAIRWAYS: African Americans and the Game of Golf by Calvin H. Sinnette. From Joe Bartholomew, who designed courses on which he could not play, and George Grant, who invented a golf tee, to the present. GV981 .S55 1998

THE HAIRSTONS: An American Family in Black and White by Henry Wiencek. One family, two colors. From plantation life to the present day: two contrasting fortunes. E185.96 .W54 1999

HIDDEN IN PLAIN VIEW: A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad by Jacqueline L. Tobin and Raymond G. Dobard. When a patchwork quilt was hung outside an abolitionist’s home, escaping slaves knew the coast was clear. E450 .T63 1999

MANY THOUSANDS GONE: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America by Ira Berlin. Slavery before cotton plantations and the Christian church. E446 .B49 1998

OUR KIND OF PEOPLE: Inside America’s Black Upper Class by Lawrence Otis Graham. E185.86 .G644 1999

THE RIGHT TO FIGHT: A History of African Americans in the Military by Gerald Astor. Begins with the Revolutionary War. UB4818 A47 A84 1998

TOO HEAVY A LOAD: Black Women in Defense of Themselves 1894-1994 by Deborah G. White. The women’s clubs that merged to become the National Association of Colored Women. E185.86 .W3875 1999x

VOICE OVER: The Making of Black Radio by William Barlow. From nostalgic fans of Jocko and George Woods to loyal listeners of surviving stations. PN1991.8 .A35 B37 1999

THE WRECK OF THE HENRIETTA MARIE: An African-American’s Spiritual Journey to Uncover a Sunken Slave Ship’s Past by Michael H. Cottman  F319 .K4 C68 1999

This selected list was compiled by:  Kendall Brothers, General Library, Teen Services, Marylou Coveney, Dudley Branch, Joseph Fisher, Dudley Branch, Jacqueline Hogan, Grove Hall Branch, Janice Knight, Mattapan Branch, Amy Manson, Chairperson, Connolly Branch, Margaret Phillibert, General Library, Adult Services, Amy Short, West Roxbury Branch,   Georgia Titonis, South End Branch