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Black Is... 1993: History
Booklists for Adults

Ely, Melvin. THE ADVENTURES OF AMOS 'N' ANDY: A SOCIAL HISTORY OF AN AMERICAN PHENOMENON.

Cashman, Sean. AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND THE QUEST FOR CIVIL RIGHTS, 1900-1990.

*Hayden, Robert C. AFRICAN-AMERICANS IN BOSTON: MORE THAN 350 YEARS.

Chalmers, David. AND THE CROOKED PLACES MADE STRAIGHT: THE STRUGGLE FOR SOCIAL CHANGE IN THE 1960s.

*Wright, Roberta. THE BIRTH OF THE MONTGOMERY BUS BOYCOTT.

Westwood, Howard C. BLACK TROOPS, WHITE COMMANDERS AND FREEDMEN DURING THE CIVIL WAR.
Civilian goals conflicted with those of the military.

Salzman, Jack, editor. BRIDGES AND BOUNDARIES: AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND AMERICAN JEWS.
Essays describe a unique relationship.

*Blumberg, Rhoda. CIVIL RIGHTS: THE 1960s FREEDOM STRUGGLE, Revised Edition.
The role of women in this historic struggle.

*Carson, Clayborne, et al., editors. THE EYES ON THE PRIZE CIVIL RIGHTS READER: DOCUMENTS, SPEECHES, AND FIRSTHAND ACCOUNTS FROM THE BLACK FREEDOM STRUGGLE 1954-1990.

Thum, Marcella. HIPPOCRENE USA GUIDE TO BLACK AMERICA.
Landmarks of Black history in every state.

Potter, Lou. LIBERATORS: FIGHTING ON TWO FRONTS IN WORLD WAR II.
Black soldiers liberated the death camps of Buchenwald and Dachau; Japanese-Americans cared for the newly freed. A companion to the American Experience program on PBS.

Mills, Nicolaus. LIKE A HOLY CRUSADE: MISSISSIPPI 1964--THE TURNING OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT IN AMERICA.
Did the Mississippi Summer Project succeed or fail?

*Myers, Walter Dean. NOW IS YOUR TIME!: THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM.
An award-winning author takes a fresh look at the civil rights movement.

Greenberg, Cheryl Lynn. OR DOES IT EXPLODE? BLACK HARLEM IN THE GREAT DEPRESSION.
The social and economic plight of the people who lived in Harlem in the 1930s.

Sandler, Stanley. SEGREGATED SKIES: ALL-BLACK COMBAT SQUADRONS OF WWWII.
They fought Hitler and American racism.

Abrahams, Roger D. SINGING THE MASTER: THE EMERGENCE OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN CULTURE IN THE SOUTHERN PLANTATION.
Was the corn-shucking ceremony more than just a simple slave holiday?

Irvin, Dona L. THE UNSUNG HEART OF BLACK AMERICA: A MIDDLE-CLASS CHURCH AT MIDCENTURY.
Members of a California congregation tell the stories of their lives.

Cornelius, Janet. WHEN I CAN READ MY TITLE CLEAR: LITERACY, SLAVERY AND RELIGION IN THE ANTIBELLUM SOUTH.
The overwhelming importance of literacy to slaves and to freedmen.

*Recommended for Teens

This selected list was compiled by Moonyean Carlton, General Library, Reader and Information Services; Winsome Hudson, Brighton Branch; Janice Knight, Mattapan Branch; Deborah Roach, Codman Square Branch; Miriam Temsky, General Library, Teen Department; Denice Thornhill, Dudley Branch; and Jacquelyn Hogan, Grove Hall Branch, Chairperson.