Boston Public Library
Black Is... 2004: History
Booklists for Adults

*Suitable for Teens

An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King
by William F. Pepper
Who killed Martin Luther King? Was it James Earl Ray or a large-scale government conspiracy?
E185.97 .K5 P45 2003x

Africana Woman: Her Story through Time
by Dr. Cynthia Jacobs Carter
The history of women of African descent is traced from to the present day. Includes the female royalty of Egypt and Sheba, goes on to the heroines of the Caribbean and many modern-day figures.
E185.86 .C325 2003

Black Soldiers in Blue: African American Troops in the Civil War Era
edited by John David Smith
E540. N3 B63 2002

Blood for Dignity: The Story of the First Integrated Combat Unit in the U.S. Army
by David P. Colley
In March 1945, black and white soldiers fought side by side for the first time since the Revolutionary War.
D769.31 394TH C65

The Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Speech that Inspired a Nation
by Drew D. Hansen
The fascinating history of King’s timeless words.
E185.97 .K5 H273

Fire in a Canebrake: The Last Mass Lynching in America
by Laura Wexler
The 1946 murder of two black couples by an angry mob led to a four-month FBI investigation and a national agenda for Civil Rights.
HV6465 .G4 W49 2003

A Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering your African-American Ancestors: How to Find and Record Your Unique Heritage
by Franklin Carter Smith and Emily Anne Croom
Provides step-by-step instruction for researching slave and free black ancestors, pre-and post-Civil War.
E185.96 .S6514 2003

Generations of Captivity: A History of African-American Slaves
by Ira Berlin
Slaves themselves influenced slavery.
E441. B47 2003

An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves, and the Creation of America
by Henry Wiencek
Washington evolved from a prosperous slaveholder to an abolitionist who left instructions in his will to free his slaves.
E312.17 .W6 2003

A Murder in Virginia: Southern Justice on Trial
by Suzanne Lebsock.
In 1895, four black neighbors are tried, with no real evidence, for the robbery and murder of a wealthy white woman found hacked to death on her farm.
HV6533 .V8 L43 2003

“Negro President”: Jefferson and the Slave Power
by Garry Wills
Candidates received 3/5 of a vote for each slave they owned; therefore his political opponents claimed Jefferson had an advantage that won him the election.
E332.2. W57 2003

The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow
by Richard Wormser
A companion to the PBS television series of the same name on the laws and practices that segregated blacks from whites.
E185.61 .W935

Slavemaster President: The Double Career of James Polk
by William Dusinberre
As a plantation owner, Polk needed to ensure the continuation of slavery for his own financial interest, and hid from the public the fact that he continued to buy slaves during his presidency.
E417 .D87 2003

Stories of Freedom in Black New York
by Shane White
Explores how former slaves in New York asserted themselves culturally through such venues as the African Company, an experimental black theatre troupe founded in 1820.
F128.9 .N4 W48 2002

*Strange New Land: Africans in Colonial America, 1526-1776
by Peter H. Wood
The daily life of Africans in America before there was a United States is described.
E185.18 W66 2003

This Far by Faith: Stories from the African American Religious Experience
by Juan Williams and Quinton Dixie
How religious faith inspired the U.S. Civil Rights movement. A companion to the PBS television series.
BR563 .N4 W513 2003

This is Where I Came in: Black America in the 1960s
by Gerald L. Early
A portrait of 1960s America told through profiles of three men: boxer Muhammad Ali as third-world hero, entertainer Sammy Davis Jr. as rebel, and Philadelphian Cecil Bassett Moore as grass-roots organizer.
E185.615. E16 2003

The Unlevel Playing Field: A Documentary History of the African American Experience in Sport
by David K. Wiggins and Patrick B. Miller
A collection of significant essays and original source material from historians and sports figures.
GV706.32 U65 2003

Witnessing and Testifying: Black Women, Religion, and Civil Rights
by Rosetta E. Ross
Builds a case for women’s grassroots importance to the Civil Rights movement.
BR563 .N4 R67